The PGA Championship made up for a major championship season devoid of drama with one waterlogged and wonderful Sunday.
That it ended with McIlroy making history, and rushing to beat darkness after a rain delay of 1 hour, 51 minutes, made it all the more memorable. Not that his shotmaking didnít already do so.
Posting his third straight victory overall, McIlroy became the first since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win consecutive major championships. And, at 25, McIlroy became the third-youngest to win his fourth major overall behind the terrific twosome of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
McIlroy shot a 68 to finish 16-under overall, one stroke better than runner-up Phil Mickelson and two better than Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson.
The afternoon tee times got pushed back after a downpour soaked Valhalla with an inch of rain in less than an hour and workers scrambled to clear the course of casual water.
This delay created an almost unprecedented scene on the 72nd hole. McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger got permission from officials to hit their tee and second shots on the par-5 18th as the next-to-last group of Mickelson and Fowler walked to their shots so that the round could be completed.
This almost-staggered foursome gave McIlroy a birdís eye view of Mickelson almost chipping in for eagle. McIlroy then two-putted for par in near-darkness after blasting out of a bunker to win.
What's In Rory's Bag?
: Nike Covert Tour 2.0
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70TX
: Nike VR Forged
(46, 52,56 and 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0