PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Most Impressive Performances from Sunday

Austin GreenCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 12:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 12, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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It wasn't the most dramatic tournament, but the 2012 PGA Championship featured some of the world's best golfers at their finest.

Mother Nature intervened over the weekend, forcing most players to cram one round-and-a-half into Sunday's action. The results were disastrous for some, but several golfers thrived under the unique conditions, delivering excellent performances on the final day of play.

The following men produced the most impressive rounds on Sunday.

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Noh Seung-yul

Noh Seung-yul had a rough tournament through the first three days, but the 21-year-old Korean flashed his massive potential on Sunday. In the final round, Seung-yul shot a seven-under 65, the lowest score anybody posted in the entire tournament.

Noh started things off with a ridiculous eagle on the second, the 557-yard par-five. He followed that up with birdies on three, four, 13, 16 and 18, while also avoiding a single bogey throughout the round.

He has yet to win a PGA Tour event, but with his youth and talent, Seung-yul will be a force in the years to come.


Justin Rose

Rose had a solid tournament, and if not for his disastrous seven-over 79 on Friday, he would have challenged champion Rory McIlroy on Sunday.

After shooting a 69 in the first round and a 70 in the second, Rose outdid himself in Sunday's final, going for a six-under 66. He sank an insane eight birdies in the fourth round, putting himself at four-under for the tournament.

Rose did have a couple of bogeys on Sunday, but that doesn't diminish his accomplishments. He now has six top-10 finishes on the year, including three of his last five events.


Rory McIlroy

As he took a three-stroke lead into Sunday's final round, many were worried that Rory McIlroy would crumble under the pressure.

Instead, he surged, burying the competition with a six-under 66 to win by eight shots, surpassing Jack Nicklaus in 1980 for the widest margin of victory in tournament history.

The 23-year-old McIlroy now has two major victories under his belt, both of which came in record-breaking fashion. He won the 2011 U.S. Open by posting a tournament-record 16-under par.

After a summer in which he missed three out of four cuts at one point, this was exactly the result McIlroy needed. He's clearly got his mojo back, and as he continues to improve with age, there's no telling what the young Northern Irishman can accomplish.