CRAWFORD | McIlroy wins PGA, the Reign of Rory has begun - WDRB 41 Louisville News

CRAWFORD | McIlroy wins PGA, the Reign of Rory has begun

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Reign of Rory is under way. One minute after sunset on Sunday night, Rory McIlroy tapped in for par to win his second straight major, edging Phil Mickelson by one stroke in the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

The East Louisville course, which has been an historic backdrop for PGA Championships and the 2008 Ryder Cup, endured heavy rains Saturday and Sunday, with the final round delayed by an hour and 52 minutes.

Racing the clock, McIlroy pulled even with Mickelson and Rickie Fowler with an eagle to to go to 14-under on No. 10. Then the Northern Ireland native did not flinch as the sunlight dwindled.

With a one-stroke lead, he made par on No. 17 to take a two-stroke lead, then Mickelson and Fowler agreed to let McIlroy and Bernt Weisberger form a foursome on the final hole. Mickelson birdied, McIlroy finished with a conservative par, and history again was made -- even if it was difficult to see.

McIlroy won his third straight event on tour, after taking the British Open and WGC-Bridgestone in the past two weeks.

Rickie Fowler finished tied for third, becoming only the third golfer ever to finish in the top five of every major in a single year. The others were Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Fowler said he didn't mind the dark.

"We'd still have two holes left if it was back in the day," he told CBS Sports after the round. "It's something to look back on."

Mickelson wasn't thrilled with the arrangement on the final hole. He had wanted to putt out before McIlroy was allowed to hit his approach shot to the green.

"It was good for me to get back in the mix and get back into the  thick of it," Mickelson said. "But I kind of ran out of steam after 12."

McIlroy said he was appreciative of the opportunity to finish.

"I want to thank Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for letting us play up with them," McIlroy told CBS after the round. "That showed a lot of sportsmanship."


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