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Golf: McIlroy edges dramatic shootout to take home title at the 96th PGA Championship

Published on Aug 11, 2014 9:41 AM
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on Aug 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOUISVILLE (AFP) - Top-ranked Rory McIlroy won his fourth major title by capturing the PGA Championship in a dramatic shotmakers' showdown over the back nine Sunday at rain-softened Valhalla.

Three weeks after winning the British Open, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland took his second major victory in a row and third consecutive triumph overall in impressive fashion.

McIlroy fired a three-under par 68 in the final round to finish 72 holes on 16-under par 268 and edge five-time major winner Phil Mickelson by one shot with Sweden's fourth-ranked Henrik Stenson and British and US Open runner-up Rickie Fowler two adrift.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland took the Wanamaker Trophy, even grabbing the lid as it fell during the awards ceremony, and a US$1.34 million (SG$1.68 million) top prize.

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