Johns Creek, GA – Rory McIlroy sure takes the fun out of these major wins.
Last year, at Congressional, McIlroy crushed the field en route to an 8-shot victory at the U.S. Open.
On this Sunday, after he built a 3-shot lead when he completed the third round in the morning, McIlroy cruised to another 8-shot win.
This one broke Jack Nicklaus' 1980 tournament record for largest margin of victory. When McIlroy ran home an 18-foot birdie putt on the last hole, the 23-year-old won once again by eight.
"I don't care if I win by one, or by eight," McIlroy said.
Here's what other players said after the final round of The PGA Championship:
- DAVID LYNN, who finished second in only his second major appearance and first in the U.S., on how excited he is that his runner-up finish gets him into the field for next year's Masters: "It's almost, seeing Augusta as many times as I have, it's like I know the place and I've never even been there. So to actually go and get to experience it is going to be amazing and something I'm really going to look forward to."
- KEEGAN BRADLEY, this week's defending champion, who had a 68 on Sunday and tied for third, on whether he likes the setup at Medinah, since he made his first Ryder Cup team: "Yeah, sure. I love everything."
- IAN POULTER, who birdied his first five holes Sunday to get within one before faltering on the back nine, on whether or not that was his best start: "I've never had a better start. No. I mean, I couldn't want to get off to any kind of a better start in a major. Certainly not when you have to go out there and play well. I mean, six of the first seven holes, making birdie, I don't think I've done that before. I'm not sure many have."
- CARL PETTERSSON, who tied for third place, on a ruling that he made inappropriate contact in a hazard at the first hole when he hit a leaf and got a 2-stroke penalty: "I just didn't think about the leaves. I didn't think twice about it when I hit the shot. Obviously broke a rule there. I didn't realize it myself. I don't think it affected the outcome of the shot. But just one of those things. We have a lot of stupid rules in golf. If I would have lost by one or two, it would have been tough. But still, I mean, I broke the rule, so we play under the Rules of Golf. It is what it is. Sure, it sucks, but what can you do?"
- TIGER WOODS, who struggled once again on the weekend at a major, on what philosophical change derailed him Saturday: "I was trying to enjoy it, enjoy the process of it. But that's not how I play. I play full systems go, all out, intense, and that's how I won 14 of these things. It was a bad move on my part."
- JOHN DALY, who shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday and tied for 18th, on what's helping him of late: "I'm slowly but surely getting more and more confidence because I'm making a lot of cuts. Whether you play great on a weekend or bad, at least you're playing competitive. That's what I need, whether it's 15 weeks in a row, 20 weeks in a row; I've always been a guy that likes to play a lot, anyway."
- JASON DUFNER, who shared 27th, on making his first Ryder Cup team: "Looking forward to the experience. Looking forward to getting after it out there toward the end of the summer."
- PADRAIG HARRINGTON, on how good Rory McIlroy has been in his two major victories: "That's two tournaments he's lapped the field. He nearly did it in another one. The only person that's ever done that in majors in my time has been, you know, Tiger. He's done it twice now. I don't know how many times Tiger did it. That's quite impressive, isn't it?"
- PHIL MICKELSON, who tied for 36th, on the strengths of Kiawah Island: "The wonderful thing about Kiawah here is that if you hit a good shot, you're rewarded, and you get a good result every time, and if you hit a bad shot, you have a bad result. That sounds pretty straightforward, but that's not the way it's been lately. The last couple majors, you hit great shots, and they just turn out in horrendous spots, and that doesn't happen here. If you hit a good shot here at Kiawah you get rewarded, and I think the best players came to the top."