Rory McIlroy Wins 96th PGA Championship
If it wasn’t official already, it has to be now. Rory McIlroy reclaimed the world’s top spot in golf rankings last week and with a win at the 96th PGA Championship, it may not be open for debate any longer if he is indeed the best golfer in the world right now.
McIlroy survived a thrilling finish that involved Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson, as he held on by just one stroke over Mickelson to claim. The win gives McIlroy a win in three straight tournaments and his fourth career major, making him the third fastest golfer to reach four majors in his career.
With his latest big win, the Ulsterman unseats Jimmy Walker as the leader of the FedExCup standings and will head into Augusta National with his sights set on the career grand slam next April.
While McIlroy is undoubtedly the top story as the “new Tiger Woods”, he was just a piece of the puzzle in a heated finish. Mickelson gave McIlroy a run for his money before bowing down by the one stroke, as he claimed second place in a major for a remarkable ninth time.
Not winning was clearly disappointing for Mickelson, but he did move up into the top nine for the U.S. Ryder Cup standings and has automatically qualified for Tom Watson’s squad.
One of the hottest names in golf, Rickie Fowler finished tied for third place in the 2014 PGA Championship. He went without a win in a major this year, but was still very impressive throughout with a top-five finish in each one. He will be a name to watch going forward, without a doubt.
Tiger Woods was a notable in this one, as he missed his fourth cut in a major as a pro. He continues to descend in the public eye and may need to consider some drastic changes to make a turn around.
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