It’s official. The “Rory Slam” is now a thing.
Northern Ireland superstar Rory McIlroy took his status from simply the best player in the world to a one-name phenomenon on Sunday night in Louisville, Kentucky, winning his second consecutive major with a one-shot defeat of Phil Mickelson in the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
“I never dreamed I’d have a summer like this,” McIlroy told CBS commentator Bill McAtee after hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time in three years and just three weeks after he’d won the British Open at Royal Liverpool. “I just played the best golf of my life.”
The win made the 25-year-old the third-youngest player since 1934 to win four career majors—joining Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus—and prompted Nicklaus to suggest, as re-told by CBS analyst Jim Nantz at the close of the broadcast, that McIlroy might earn 15-to-20 major trophies before he’s through.
“I hope he’ll get his due now,” Nantz said. “People on the fringe of the sport haven’t recognized that this kid is special and that he’s been the story and no one else.”
While having McIlroy’s name etched isn’t exactly a surprise, the 2014 event was not without its eyebrow-raising moments. Take a look at our list of six of them and feel free to share your views in the comments section.