McIlroy beats sundown to capture PGA by 1 shot


Players fought the vanishing daylight Sunday at Valhalla, but in the end Rory McIlroy edged past the field. Here’s how things ended up at the PGA Championship, where McIlroy won his fourth major by a shot:

Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy (-16), Phil Mickelson (-15), Rickie Fowler (-14), Henrik Stenson (-14), Jim Furyk (-12), Ryan Palmer (-12)

What it means: McIlroy struggled out of the gate, and actually trailed Fowler by three shots standing on the 10th tee. From there, though, he played his final nine holes in 5 under to win his third consecutive event, and second major title of 2014. It’s his second PGA title and cements his position as the best player in the world.

Round of the day: Ernie Els started the day outside the top 20, but the South African played his first six holes in 4 under to surge onto the first page of the leaderboard. He ended the day with a 6-under 65, good enough for a tie for seventh at the PGA 19 years after Els nearly hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at Riviera.

Best of the rest: Jimmy Walker has led the FedEx Cup race for all of 2014, and the veteran notched his third top-10 finish in a major this season after a Sunday 65. Walker made seven birdies against just one bogey to shoot in the 60s for the third time this week, cementing a career season with a T-7 finish as he gets set to make his Ryder Cup debut next month.

Biggest disappointment: Not much was expected from Bernd Wiesberger, but the unproven Austrian struggled mightily in the final pairing alongside McIlroy, carding a 3-over 74. Wiesberger failed to make a birdie the whole round and after beginning the day one shot off the lead, ended the afternoon in a tie for 15th.

Shot of the day: McIlroy was trailing by three shots when he stood in the middle of the 10th fairway and uncorked a 3-wood that rolled to within 8 feet. The ensuing eagle sparked him to a back-nine 31 that allowed him to catch – and pass – Fowler and Mickelson.