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  • 11 August 2014, 9:55

Rory McIlroy Claims Fourth Major With PGA Win

Rory McIlroy claimed the fourth major title of his career with a one-shot victory in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.

The Northern Irishman overcame a poor front nine which saw him surrender his one-shot overnight lead before charging home on the back nine for a three-under-par 68.

He won by one shot from American Phil Mickelson, who shot a closing 66.

After his victory in the Open at Royal Liverpool last month, it meantMcIlroy became the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors.

It comes less than three months since he split up with fiancee and star tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

Lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time also saw the Northern Irishman become the third youngest player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four majors, just one less than the total won by the late Seve Ballesteros and two behind Nick Faldo.

It was the fourth time McIlroy had held the 54-hole lead in a major, the first leading to heartache in the 2011 Masters when he was four ahead entering the final round at Augusta only to collapse to a closing 80.

Two months later he bounced back in spectacular style to win the US Open by eight shots at Congressional before winning the 2012 US PGA by the same margin at Kiawah Island.

Last month he led from start to finish at Royal Liverpool, taking a six-shot lead into the final round before going on to win by two from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler.

But his PGA win was far more dramatic - involving a remarkable rain-affected final day which finished in near-darkness, with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green.

Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie for the lead with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy on 14 under.

A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off.

McIlroy's drive finished dangerously close to the water to the right of the fairway, but a closing par five from a greenside bunker was enough for the 25-year-old to win his second US PGA title.

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