Sunday, August 12, 2012

2012 PGA Championship from Kiawah Island--Rory Mcilroy is a Multiple Major Champion

Well, I'm back with time to blog again, finally.  And what a weekend to restart.  Rory McIlroy became the second-youngest player to win his second major championship today at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, taking the PGA Championship by a record 8 strokes.  Finishing in a distant second was David Lynn, a journeyman professional playing in only his second career major.  Tiger Woods struggled again on the weekend of a major championship, failing to break par on the weekend for the fourth straight major championship.  But his game is showing flashes and should be ready to compete again next season at The Masters.  But that is 8 months away.

The weekend, though, belongs to the young Northern Irishman.  Northern Ireland now has won 4 major championships in the past 3 seasons.  McIlroy becomes the first repeat major winner in the last 16 championships, and the second player in the last 10 majors (Ernie Els, 2012 Open Championship) to win his second+ major championship.  McIlroy shot 67-75-67-66.  After struggling much of 2012, McIlroy discovered something in his swing last week at the WGC Bridgestone en route to a top-10 finish, and brought the momentum to Kiawah.  With the win, McIlroy reclaims the #1 world ranking, bumping Luke Donald, who struggled to a mid-pack finish, to second and Woods to third.

Phil Mickelson played his way on to the Ryder Cup team with his finish, leaving Hunter Mahan as the first man off the team.  The captain's picks will be made soon.

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