Published Monday, 11 August 2014
Rory McIlroy celebrates his latest major win, kissing the Wanamaker trophy. (© Getty)
The Co Down star was already back to number one in the rankings, but the victory - in the early hours of Monday morning for his home fans - furthers cements his place at the top of world golf.
McIlroy had been battling it out with the likes of American competitors Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, only to seal his win by just one shot over Mickelson.
The 25-year-old carded a final round score of 68 to sit on -16.
"It's been just incredible. I didn't think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this. I just played the best golf in my life," he said afterwards.
"I think I showed a lot of guts out there today to get this job done."
Play had been delayed for a time due to heavy rain, but McIlroy had earlier insisted he would "hang around until next week to try to win this thing".
He had added: "If that means having to scrap it out with a couple of people coming down the stretch, so be it. Any win would be very satisfying."
As it was, the light was fading when he finally made it to the 18th hole where he could celebrate yet another major title after Mickelson and Fowler stood aside to allow the final group to tee off.
"It's a courteous thing to let the guys tee off in case they blow the horn. It gave everyone a chance to finish just in the nick of time," Mickelson said.
McIlroy has been enjoying a run of excellent form, winning his last two tournaments - including his first Open Championship last month.
The win at Valhalla is the young golfer's second US PGA Championship, after he sealed victory at Kiawah Island in 2012 by a record eight strokes.
The previous record of seven strokes had been held since 1980 by Jack Nicklaus.
He is also the first golfer to win back-to-back majors since Padraig Harrington in 2008.
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