In 1980, Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship by 7 strokes, setting the PGA Tour record in the process for largest margin of victory of that tournament. In 2012, Rory McIlroy shattered that record by winning the PGA Championship by an impressive 8 strokes over one of the most loaded fields in the tournament’s history. At the Ocean Course at Kiwah Island Golf Resort in Kiwah Island, South Carolina, Rory McIlroy jumped ahead of Tiger Woods from the very beginning of the last day of play and did not let go until he practically lapped the field by going 13 under par. Tiger didn’t even have a chance.
At 23 years 3 months of age, Rory McIlroy has won his second major championship; Jack Nicklaus won his second major at age 23 years 2 months (Tiger Woods was 23 years 7 months old when he picked up his second major). Not that anyone’s really comparing McIlroy to Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus yet, but this is the first time in 16 majors that someone has managed to break the streak of no single player winning more than one major championship and is the first repeat winner in a long time after nearly winning several other majors in recent years. When you break one of Jack’s records, you’re inviting the comparison.
“I’ve won my second major at the same age, but Tiger went on that incredible run in 2000-01-02 and won so many,” admits McIlroy. ”I’d love to sit up here and tell you I’m going to do the same thing, but I just don’t know.”
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