When Rory McIlroy decides to win a major he really does it with style. After making his inaugural major victory by 8 strokes at the 2011 U.S. Open the 23 year old followed up with another 8 stroke victory at the 2012 P.G.A. Championship. There are only three golfers of the modern era with two major championship victories by the ripe young age of 23 and they are named Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods. I wonder what time the golf media will have the coronation ceremony for their new king??
Rory got off to a solid start and had jockeyed himself into position by the end of Friday with a smooth 75 on a day of punishing wind where the field scoring average was 78. After a rain delay Rory finished his third round Sunday morning and found himself with a 3 stroke lead going into the final round. Unflappable, the lad from Northern Ireland posted an incredible bogey free round of 66 and ran away with the Wanamaker Trophy. As a side note I have to comment on how big the Wanamaker Trophy is. I always forget its enormity until I actually see someone hoist it. The thing is a monster and Rory’s struggle to get a grip on it indicated that it may have some considerable weight to it as well. Despite its size I’m sure Rory will have no problem finding room for it in his trophy case. Congrats Rory, I look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2013.