Rory McIlroy has done it again.
The 23-year-old Northern Irishman dominated the rest of the field at the 2012 PGA Championship to win his second career major. He did it in style too, setting a PGA Championship record, as Mark Herrmann of Newsday pointed out.
McIlroy's 8-stroke margin is a PGA record, surpassing that of Jack Nicklaus in 1980— Mark Herrmann (@markpherrmann) August 12, 2012
It was a brilliant performance from McIlroy, and the perfect way to break out of his summer slump.
McIlroy struggled mightily for most of May, June and July, missing three out of four cuts and finishing 60th at The Open Championship. Luckily, he appeared to regain some of his swagger last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, and after holding onto his lead at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, there's no denying that McIlroy is back on top of his game.
McIlroy had one poor round at the Ocean Course—a three-over 75 on Friday—but he sandwiched that between two 67s to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
Despite the best efforts of Ian Poulter, Carl Pettersson and Tiger Woods, McIlroy refused to relinquish his lead on Sunday and finished six-under 66 in his record-breaking performance. He played smart and consistent golf throughout the day, effectively answering any questions about his current form.
He birdied two of his first three holes and three of his first seven in the final round. He also closed strong to seal the victory and reestablish his position as one of the top two or three golfers in the world.
With the PGA Championship win, McIlroy now has two major championships on his resume. He also won the 2011 U.S Open with a record score of 16-under par.
Tiger shot a 72 to finish 11 strokes behind.