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Rory McIlroy celebrates his second straight major victory



Louisville, Kentucky - As if you didn't already know, we are now officially in the Rory era.


In the most thrilling major of 2015, Rory out dueled Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson

on the back nine at Valhalla to win back to back majors - and his 3rd PGA Tour victory in a row.

After giving up his 3 shot lead to start the round, the Ulsterman's eagle at the par 5 tenth jump

started his round.


McIlroy's back nine 32 also included a birdie at the par 4 -13th, but it was four holes later where it

may have been won . . .  after driving it into the fairway bunker at the 17th, his approach to 7 feet

set up the putt that proved to be the margin of difference. With daylight down to nearly zero, a

bizarre sequence of events had the final groups scrambling to finish as the sun hit below the horizon.

Rory somehow managed to two putt the last to shoot 68 (-16) and edge out Mickelson by a stroke

(but not before Mickelson nearly holed his eagle chip to force a playoff). Mickelson's final round 66

(-15) produced another runner up, the ninth of his career. Ricky Fowler led early, but struggles on

the back nine ended his hopes finishing with a 68 (tied for 3rd with Henrik Stenson at -14).


The win now puts McIlroy at 4 major victories, trailing only Seve at 5, and Nick Faldo at 6 for

European major victories all-time."I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like

this" said McIlroy. "I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today."



For a golf course that took criticism all week for not being a great design, it sure has provided

amazing drama, and certainly the two best players of their eras.


Scores: http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/scoring/leaderboard/