Stats: Historical significance of McIlroy's PGA win


Rory McIlroy won the 96thPGA Championship Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club. It’s the 25-year-old’s fourth career major championship victory and his second in a row. Check out the historical significance of his triumph, courtesy the Golf Channel research department:

• Third-youngest to win four career majors in modern era (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus)

• Fourth to win multiple PGA Championships before 30 (Woods, Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen)

• Fifth to win multiple professional majors in same season at 25 or younger

• First to win three consecutive PGA Tour starts since Woods in 2007-08 (5 consecutive)

• Second to win a major as world No. 1 since Fred Couples in the 1992 Masters (Woods has done it 11 times)

• Trails only Nick Faldo (6) and Seve Ballesteros (5) for most majors won by a European-born player since first Masters in 1934