What a display of composure, fight and fine golf. And in the end, the best player in the game came through.
McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.
Rory McIlroy will try to continue his magical ride here at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, although he hopes to play mistake-free Sunday after an up and down 4-under 67 Saturday.
On a soggy day at Valhalla, Rory McIlroy put himself in a familiar position — at the top of the leaderboard in the PGA Championship.
He may not move the needle, as they say, quite like Tiger, but Rory McIlroy’s fan base should be right up there.
The divide just keeps growing. There’s Rory McIlroy, looking like the man to beat at Valhalla. Then there’s Tiger Woods, now most concerned with making it to the weekend.
“I hit a lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole,” admitted Tiger. “I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and then post something even par, even under par.”
Looking much like a guy playing just his 11th competitive round since back surgery, Woods was spraying shots all over Valhalla on Thursday.
Tiger finally arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday, after three days of speculation about whether his ailing back would allow him to compete in the final major of the year.
I’m wondering, when it comes to Tiger’s health, who is helping him make these decisions? Is he even listening to his doctor?
Joe LaCava was at Valhalla. So was his car, a silver SUV parked in the spot assigned to the four-time PGA champion. As for Woods? Stay tuned.
Tiger was at Firestone, and the scene looked all too familiar. Except he wasn’t hoisting a trophy. He could barely bend over to pick up his tee.
Golfers and fans of the sport who attend PGA events can visit some of the best golf courses in America.
The PGA announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black will host the rowdy Ryder Cup 2024. The public course on Long Island with a reputation of loud and boisterous fans also will get the 2019 PGA Championship.
We knew Jason Dufner had game. This time in the PGA Championship, the 36-year-old was able to close it out and show the world just how much game he has.