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Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy savours incredible run after winning US PGA Championship - his fourth Major title

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates victory with his father Gerry McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates victory with his father Gerry McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates victory with his father Gerry McIlroy

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was delighted to claim his second major in four weeks and a third win in succession after a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday.

McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green.

Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy.

A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off and play their approaches to the green.

"It's been just incredible," McIlroy said. "I didn't think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this. I just played the best golf in my life."

McIlroy, who won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA by eight shots and was six clear going into the final round of the Open at Royal Liverpool, added: "I gutted it out today, it was a little different to my previous major wins. I think I showed a lot of guts to get the job done.

"I want to thank Phil and Rickie for letting us tee off, if they didn't it would have been a struggle to finish. It showed a lot of sportsmanship and class from those two guys."

Asked if he considered not finishing the hole, McIlroy added: "No, I wanted to win this thing and get out of here! It was very tough with the bunker shot and the depth perception so I decided to just chunk it out there, take my two putts and run."

Mickelson did not appear happy with the decision to allow McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger to hit their approach shots to the 18th as he and Fowler stood aside, but added: "It didn't affect the outcome I think. It's not what we normally do but it's not a big deal.

"It's a courteous thing to let the guys tee off in case they blow the horn. It gave everyone a chance to finish just in the nick of time."

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is awarded the Wanamaker trophy by PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is awarded the Wanamaker trophy by PGA of America President, Ted Bishop, after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates victory with his father Gerry McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates victory with his father Gerry McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 17th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 17th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks near the 14th hole as fans look on during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks near the 14th hole as fans look on during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Danny Willett, of England, hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Danny Willett, of England, hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Lee Westwood, of England, waves after making a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Lee Westwood, of England, waves after making a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Phil Mickelson of the United States talk on the sixth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Phil Mickelson of the United States talk on the sixth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rickie Fowler of the United States and caddie Joseph Skovron walk across a bridge on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States and caddie Joseph Skovron walk across a bridge on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rickie Fowler of the United States hits a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits a bunker shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits a tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits a tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Jim Furyk of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Jim Furyk of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Ryan Palmer of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Ryan Palmer of the United States hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland look on from the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland look on from the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rickie Fowler of the United States reacts on the fifth tee during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Ernie Els of South Africa hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Ernie Els of South Africa hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the first green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the first green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball on the practice range during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 10: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland catches a golf ball on the practice range during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 10, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits out of the bunker on the third hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits out of the bunker on the third hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and Phil Mickelson of the United States shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and Phil Mickelson of the United States shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Phil Mickelson of the United States tips his cap on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Phil Mickelson of the United States tips his cap on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Jim Furyk of the United States and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Jim Furyk of the United States and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shake hands on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Padraig Harrington of Ireland waits under an umbrella alongside caddie Ronan Flood before hitting his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Padraig Harrington of Ireland waits under an umbrella alongside caddie Ronan Flood before hitting his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits an approach shot from the rough on the sixth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tiger Woods of the United States hits an approach shot from the rough on the sixth hole during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up his putt on the 13th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves on the 18th green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 11th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hts a shot from the rough on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hts a shot from the rough on the 12th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands under an umbrella on the 15th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands under an umbrella on the 15th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Martin Kaymer of Germany and Bubba Watson of the United States walk onto the 14th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 15th tee under an umbrella during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 15th tee under an umbrella during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Matteo Manassero of Italy waits with his caddie Alberto Binaghi on the tenth hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Matteo Manassero of Italy waits with his caddie Alberto Binaghi on the tenth hole during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Scott Stallings of the United States and his caddie Jon Yarborough walk across the tenth fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Scott Stallings of the United States and his caddie Jon Yarborough walk across the tenth fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Standing water is seen on the ninth green during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Standing water is seen on the ninth green during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Tom Watson of the United States and his caddie Neil Oxman walk to the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Tom Watson of the United States and his caddie Neil Oxman walk to the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  David Hearn's caddie Brent Everson waits under an umbrella on the first tee during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: David Hearn's caddie Brent Everson waits under an umbrella on the first tee during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Bob Sowards of the United States rides in a cart with his caddie near the clubhouse during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Bob Sowards of the United States rides in a cart with his caddie near the clubhouse during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  A volunteer waits near the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: A volunteer waits near the practice ground during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08:  Members of the grounds crew clear water from a fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 08: Members of the grounds crew clear water from a fairway during the weather-delayed second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Kirk of the United States hits his third shot from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Kirk of the United States hits his third shot from a bunker on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Jerry Kelly of the United States reacts on the ninth green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Kelly of the United States reacts on the ninth green during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideto Tanihara of Japan hits his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideto Tanihara of Japan hits his second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Chris Wood of England hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Chris Wood of England hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt for birdie on the 16th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed putt for birdie on the 16th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Steve Schneiter of the United States hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Steve Schneiter of the United States hits a tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a putt for birdie on the 14th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Mikko Ilonen of Finland hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Jerry Smith of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Jerry Smith of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England hits his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Ian Poulter of England hits his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Brian Harman of the United States hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Brian Harman of the United States hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Tiger Woods of the United States cross the bridge to the second tee during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Tiger Woods of the United States cross the bridge to the second tee during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07:  Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks up the tenth fairway with his caddie Daisuke Shindo during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 07: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks up the tenth fairway with his caddie Daisuke Shindo during the first round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 7, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and sports agent Mark Steinberg walk across a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and sports agent Mark Steinberg walk across a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05:  Jamie Donaldson of Wales waits with his caddie on a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Jamie Donaldson of Wales waits with his caddie on a green during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05:  Lee Westwood of England crosses a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Lee Westwood of England crosses a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05:  Pablo Larrazabal of Spain lines up a shot with his caddie during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: Pablo Larrazabal of Spain lines up a shot with his caddie during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05:  (L-R) Gerry McIlory, father of Rory McIlroy (not pictured) talks Gala Alten, girlfriend of Pablo Larrazabal (not pictured) during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Gerry McIlory, father of Rory McIlroy (not pictured) talks Gala Alten, girlfriend of Pablo Larrazabal (not pictured) during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain walk on a tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - AUGUST 05: (L-R) Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain walk on a tee during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 5, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and Sergio Garcia, of Spain, walk along the foot bridge on the fourth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, left, and Sergio Garcia, of Spain, walk along the foot bridge on the fourth hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Adam Scott, of Australia, speaks to the media during a news conference for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Adam Scott, of Australia, speaks to the media during a news conference for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Justin Rose, of England, right, gets a putting lesson on the 17th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Justin Rose, of England, right, gets a putting lesson on the 17th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the second hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the second hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference before a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy

As for a closing 66 which sealed his place on the US Ryder Cup team, Mickelson added: "It was fun to get back back in the mix and feel the pressure. I just ran out of steam after 12 holes.

"I wasn't really firing on all cylinders but making some key putts and had a nice round going. After that birdie on 11 I thought if I could get one or two more I would be right there and it was a costly bogey on 16 in the end.

"I am disappointed in the outcome, if I could have finished the last five or six holes strong it could have flipped the way I feel about the whole year."

Fowler has now finished fifth, second, second and third in the year's four majors but acknowledged today was the first real chance he had to win.

"This is the first one that hurts," Fowler said. "I played well to put myself in a good position and unfortunately just made a couple of bad swings on the back nine that put me in bad positions.

"The performances in the majors is something I can be proud of but Rory has been a deserving champion every time. We will see if we can get one away from him at some point."

Stenson was left to rue a three-putt on the 14th, adding: "There were a lot of roars being thrown back and forth and a lot of birdies being made. It must have been a great championship to watch on television or out there. I was part of it. I'm happy with that. Gave it my best.

"I was four shots back when we started today. It would have taken a back nine similar to my front nine, I guess, to pull it off. I just didn't have it. I had one half of it, not two."

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