The PGA Tour closed out it's final day on beautiful Kiawah Isand, South Carolina today. It started the day with Rory McIlroy in the lead, but the tremendous Ocean Course has given every golfer a challenge today.
The winds and the dunes at Kiawah have always been one of the reasons why the PGA tour rarely visits the course that is considered America's toughest golf course by Golf Digest. They even have the following quotes about it on their website:
Golf Digest Panelist comments
"I think the 17th hole is the toughest par 3 in the world. If the wind blows, watch out."
"The course is really, really challenging for all levels of player. When the wind is blowing, par on many of the holes is an excellent score."
"If your idea of a good time is a fistfight, this is the place for you."
And the top golfers in the world have enjoyed their fist fight with the course. On a day that started with a ridiculous two shot penalty for Carl Pettersson, he was able to get back into it with two birdies just after that on three and four. Then he hit another two birdies in succession after that on five and six to get right back in the chase, but wound down later on and finished even for the day.
Tiger Woods has had a solid day, but he wasn't able to threaten for the top spot after having a solid first two days. He finished with an even score on the day and a minus-2 for the entire championship event on Kiawah.
Justin Rose and Seung-yul Noh share the award for the best final day of the championship. Rose hit a minus-6 after hitting a plus-2 through his first three days. If Rose didn't have a terrible second day where he shot a 79, he might have won the entire championship. Noh hit a minus-7 on the day, but had been plus-7 before the day started so he finished at par.
Keegan Bradley is another one who finished with a great final round. He hit a minus-4 to finish at minus-4 overall after starting the day even. He bogeyed the first hole but had five birdies and 12 pars to finish out the day with the best finish of any American in the championship.
David Lynn finished second today after shooting a minus-4 to get to a minus-5 for his week. Lynn started the week out with a 73 and a 74, but he was able to come back from that with a pair of 68's to turn this into one of his best finishes.
Rory McIlroy had a dominate performance at Kiawah this week and definitely earned his victory. After coming into today at minus-7, and then hitting a minus-6 to finish at minus-13. It's no shock that McIlroy has been able to win here by such a steep margin as he played courses similar to this growing up in Northern Ireland.
PGA Championship Day 4 Leaderboard - Final
|T11 ||Tiger Woods||-2||E||F|
|T11||Graeme McDowell ||-2||-1||F|
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