Rory McIlroy, the world-renowned Northern Irish golfer, won the 96th annual PGA championship on August 11 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY. In a closely fought match that was anyone’s game, McIlroy, currently the number one golf player in the world, defeated Phil Mickelson by one shot. Throughout the competition the lead went back and forth between McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, and Henrik Stenson. Afterwards, McIlroy said of the match, “Today wasn’t easy. I didn’t get off to the best of starts. The guys came at me quickly. I had to bide my time and make something happen.”
Something did happen, and with his victory, the 25-year-old McIlroy now becomes the third-youngest person to win four majors in the modern era, trailing only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Rory, who is from County Down in Northern Ireland, has been taking the golf world by storm ever since he was coached by his dad Gerry as a young boy. Since he topped the amateur league in 2007 at age 17, McIlroy has won just about every golf title there is.
Upon his win, McIlroy was ecstatic saying, “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this. I think I showed a lot of guts out there to get this done.”