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2012 PGA Championship Winner: Rory McIlroy Ran Away With It

Rory McIlroy blew away the rest of the field on Sunday afternoon, winning the 2012 PGA Championship with one of the more impressive major performances in some time. The Northern Ireland native ended up beating the rest of the field by eight strokes, earning his second major victory -- and the honor of being the world's top-ranked golfer -- at the young age of 23.

McIlroy finished 13-under on Sunday while making his way around the course at Kiawah Island Resort. He made six birdies en route to breaking a 1980 Jack Nicklaus record of finishing seven strokes ahead of his closest competition over the course of the four-day tournament. It's interesting, by the way, that McIlroy finished with the same margin of victory in his other major victory at the 2011 US Open.

The young golfer entered Sunday's final round as an "overwhelming favorite" with Tiger Woods his closest competition according to the oddsmakers, but Woods was no competition for McIlroy as Sunday wore on considering Woods finished just two-under compared to McIlroy's 13-under.

David Lynn finished in second place at five under par while four golfers -- including Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose -- finished in a third-place tie.

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