Bob Gillespie



Post-game at The Ocean Course: One final PGA of America notebook

Posted 8/13/2012 5:20:00 PM

The 94th PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is officially history, with two-time major winner Rory McIlroy having etched his name onto the Wanamaker Trophy with a 13-under par total and record-setting eight-shot victory.

Here’s one final look, courtesy of the PGA of America media staff, at the final day of play and the new PGA Champion.

What Sunday's win means to Rory and golf: With his victory Sunday in the 94th PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland:

* Wins his second major championship (2011 U.S. Open was the first)

* Becomes the first golfer from Northern Ireland to win the PGA Championship

* Becomes the youngest player to win since the PGA Championship was converted to stroke play in 1958

* Sets the all-time record for widest margin of victory in PGA Championship history (previously held by Jack Nicklaus, seven strokes, at the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.)

* Becomes the second European in three years to win the PGA Championship (Martin Kaymer of Germany in 2010)

* Becomes the fifth consecutive first-time winner of the PGA Championship (Padraig Harrington, 2008; Y.E. Yang, 2009; Martin Kaymer (2010); and Keegan Bradley (2011)

* Becomes, at 23, the fourth youngest PGA Champion (youngest is Gene Sarazen, who was 20 years, 5 months and 22 days old when he won in 1922)

* Becomes the 18th player in history to win the PGA Championship and U.S. Open

* Becomes the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, according to the World Golf Rankings

* Ends the streak of 16 different winners over the previous 16 major championships

* Qualifies for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for the second consecutive year

Three straight for Northern Ireland: Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, both of Northern Ireland, have accounted for the last three major championships won by European golfers. And don’t forget Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Four straight for Majors: This is the fourth consecutive year that there have been four different winners of golf's major championships. Last time that didn’t happen, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won both the British Open and PGA Championships.

What a start: Ian Poulter of England made five straight birdies to start the final round, and got to within one stroke out of the lead. The most consecutive birdies made in a major championship since 2003 is seven by Tiger Woods (Nos. 7-13, third round) at the 2005 Masters.

The PGA Tour record for consecutive birdies is nine by Mark Calcavecchia, (Nos. 12-2, second round, Glen Abbey GC) at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open. Poulter's five consecutive birdies (Nos. 1-5) today is the longest streak in a major this season.

66 the lowest: The 66s that Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose shot Sunday equaled Carl Pettersson (first round) for the low rounds of the Championship.

By the numbers ...

0 -- Number of bogeys made by Rory McIlroy in the final round.

2 -- Number of eagles made on the third hole, the only par-4 to yield an eagle in the Championship (Scott Piercy in the third round, and Miguel Angel Jimenez in the final round.)

7 -- Strokes under par for Rory McIlroy over the 27 holes he played Sunday.

13 -- The hole at The Ocean Course that was ranked the most difficult for the 94th PGA Championship. The par 4 allowed just 35 birdies while players struggled to record 110 bogeys, 42 double bogeys and five scores worse than double bogey. The stroke average for No. 13 was 4.384.

16 -- The number of combined strokes by which Rory McIlroy has won his first two majors (he won the 2011 U.S. Open by eight and Sunday by eight)

16 -- The hole at The Ocean Course that was ranked the easiest for the 94th PGA Championship. There were five eagles and 157 birdies on the par 5. The stroke average for No. 16 was 4.787.

20 -- Number of players who finished the Championship under par.

Bradley best of PGA champions: Defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley's tie for third place was the best finish among the nine PGA champions who made the cut. The finishing scores and places for each champion:

Keegan Bradley (68 Sunday, T-3)
Tiger Woods (72 Sunday, T-11)
Padraig Harrington (72 Sunday, T-18)
John Daly (69 Sunday, T-18)
Vijay Singh (77 Sunday, T-36)
Phil Mickelson (74 Sunday, T-36)
Rich Beem (71 Sunday, T-36)
Y.E. Yang (70 Sunday, T-36)
David Toms (70 Sunday, T-42)

Bubba finishes strong, Ernie well back: Two of the other three major champions of 2012 completed play Sunday, with Masters Champion Bubba Watson shooting 68 to climb to a tie for 11th place, at 2-under par. Ernie Els, the Open champion, shot 73 Sunday and finished T-48. U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson did not make the 36-hole cut.

Final grand slam qualifier: With his victory, Rory McIlroy becomes the final major champion to qualify for the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The other major champions of 2012 -- Watson, Simpson and Els -- also have qualified for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which will be played Oct. 22-24 in Bermuda at Port Royal Golf Course. McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, was third in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2011.

See you next year: The 95th PGA Championship will be played next year (Aug. 8-11) at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The East Course at Oak Hill previously has hosted the PGA Championship twice (1980 and 2003) as well as the 1995 Ryder Cup and the 2008 Senior PGA Championship. The U.S. Open has been contested at Oak Hill three times -- 1956, 1968 and 1989.