KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – In a year when no lead seemed safe, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy built an insurmountable one Sunday and won the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes over England’s David Lynn and by nine over four others. It was the largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of winning by seven in 1980 at Oak Hill, the site of next year’s PGA Championship. McIlroy, 23, won his second major, following his eight-shot 2011 victory at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. This time he vanquished the field, including Tiger Woods, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday, with no bogeys, to end the week at 13-under par, including birdie on the 72nd hole.
Congratulations — again — to Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.