Monday, August 13, 2012
McIlroy on fast track for 5-plus majors
Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesAfter sitting at 2-under through Friday, Rory McIlroy shot 11-under over the weekend to capture his second major.
Rory McIlroy holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 94th PGA Championship.
He’s the youngest winner (23 years, 3 months) of the PGA Championship since the event went to stroke play in 1958, and his eight-stroke margin of victory surpassed the event's prior record held by Jack Nicklaus (who won by seven strokes in 1980).
McIlroy joined a small club of players since 1934 (the year the Masters began) to win multiple majors before their 24th birthday (Tiger Woods, Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, and now McIlroy).
What does it mean to win your second major so early? No one else in that group won fewer than five career majors.
And he reached major win No. 2 faster than Woods, by four months.
It may have felt like a dry spell for McIlroy after his U.S. Open victory, but he went five major starts without a win before capturing his second title.
By contrast, it was 10 winless majors for Woods, after his breakthrough at the 1997 Masters, before he won again at the 1999 PGA Championship.
Woods went on to win four of his next five major starts (and four in a row).
As for Woods currently, he’s now failed to win a major after holding at least a share of the 36-hole lead for the third straight time (was 8-for-8 before this streak).
In fact, Tiger has failed to break par in 14 of his last 15 weekend rounds at majors (0-8 this season).
It’s Woods’ 14th straight major start with a victory, extending the longest drought of his professional career.
Plus it’s the 18th straight major that has ended without a Woods victory.
With a win, Tiger would have jumped to No. 1 in the world. But instead, Rory McIlroy is No. 1 for the second time in his young career.
Zach Jones and Brandon Mendoza contributed to this post.