Rory McIlroy didn't just win the PGA Championship, he dominated the event held at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. A big reason why he was able to demolish his competition is the experience he has with windy and harsh courses like Kiawah's course.
Growing up in Northern Ireland, McIlroy had played on courses almost exactly like the one he saw in Kiawah. He knew the exact approaches that he needed to take when attacking the course and used them to his advantage for the dominant win.
A couple more things have helped him in his quest at the Ocean Course. He's been golfing nearly his entire life and is arguably the best young golfer in the world right now. Another thing is that he knew just the right amount of power and the right angles at which to hit the ball.
Growing up his father pushed him to be the best. He has been golfing since he was just 18 months old (h/t Chad Parsons of the Daily Mail). He also has been able to learn how to react to the courses of Ireland. So despite his young age of just 23 years old, McIlroy has more than 20 years of experience on courses like the one he played in Charleston this past week.
Knowing the Right Angles and Power to Hit the Ball is the Name of the Game
Golf is all about hitting the ball and getting to the the hole as fast as possible. The game itself isn't even about the golfers pitting themselves against each other. It's about how the golfer can fight the course designed by a landscape architect to finish under par.
McIlroy definitely defeated the course architect this week, posting his minus-13 score on America's toughest course. Similar to when he won the U.S. Open in 2011, he should enjoy this one. He was quoted by Chris Parson of the Daily Mail after winning the 2011 tournament:
As Graeme [McDowell] said last year there will be a few pints of the black stuff going down tonight. I know my friends will be out partying and I can't wait to get back and join them.
Well, Rory should enjoy his Guinness because he has earned the right to. Sometimes hard work and experience pays off quicker than anyone would expect, and this is definitely a case of that.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL draft website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.