Rory McIlroy captured his second major over the weekend at the PGA Championship, and he will continue to aim for consistency as he continues his career.
ESPN covered the record-breaking performance, and McIlroy is now ready to take the next step.
He shot 13-under for the tournament on his way to an easy victory. The 23-year-old beat runner-up David Lynn by eight strokes, recording the largest victory in the event's history.
Weather conditions made it difficult for any golfer at the PGA Championship. McIlroy overcame windy conditions and storms to win his second major.
He had to battle through a 75 in the second round to win the tournament, but he was consistent in the other three rounds. The 23-year-old shot a 67 in two rounds, and he worked his way into contention. He saved his best round for last as he shot a 66 in the final round.
Wearing a red shirt on Sunday, McIlroy looked ready to win the tournament, hitting six birdies on the final day without a single bogey. When it came time for the final stretch, he kept his focus to win.
After winning the 2011 U.S. Open by eight strokes, McIlroy was ready to begin to take over as golf's next star. He instead took a major step back and failed to contend for the next year. The youngster finished no better than tied for 25th place in any of the next five majors before winning this past weekend.
Will Rory McIlroy win a major in 2013?
When he wins a major, it has been by a significant margin. Outside of the final two majors in 2010, he has failed to follow up a good showing at a major with a second great outing.
Tiger Woods is still struggling to play consistently throughout an entire weekend, so McIlroy needs to continue to play well. The window of opportunity for him is wide open, and there will never be a better chance for him to reach stardom.
The World Golf Rankings has McIlroy back in the No. 1 spot, and he is in position to continue his great play.
In 2012, he has finished in the top five of three World Golf Championship events. Now he has a major tournament victory to go along with his high finishes.
Majors are now finished for the year, so he has to wait until 2013 to try to show he is here to stay. Until that time, he needs to work on his consistency.