Mcllroy Wins PGA Championship by Record 8 Strokes at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course

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Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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Kiawah Island, S.C. (August 17, 2012)— On an extra-long Sunday at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Rory Mcllroy racked up an extra-big victory. Mcllroy, at age 23, dominated the final round and won his second major by a PGA-record eight shots.

One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.

About the PGA Championship
Since 1916, golf’s premier professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span the greatest names of golf over 90 years, including Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

The PGA Championship is one of the premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America, a list that includes the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together winners of golf’s four major championships.

Since 1994, the PGA Championship averages 97 of the top 100 golfers in the world, the most of any of the four majors, and continually boasts the strongest field in golf.

Kiawah Island
Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 overall resort on the U.S. Mainland. Tennis magazine named it the No. 3 tennis resort in the U.S. Kiawah Island is also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S., and its beach was named one of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach.

In addition to The Sanctuary, the resort manages over 500 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and this year’s PGA Championship. Lots priced from $300,000; Villas/Cottages priced from $300,000; Homes from $700,000.

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