The 2014 PGA Championship will be a highlight reel for the ages. The tournament that ended early Sunday evening was one of the most exciting in years. The tournament barely was able to finish under ominous looking clouds with the final twosome nearly sprinting the 18th fairway to finish ahead of the rain and darkness.
The final scene was strange as it might seem, but fitting for the tournament as it capped off a wild and unforgettably final day.
Five players were in the lead at one time during the final day and at one time all five were tied for first place.
The tournament of four days was decided on the back nine with birdies, an eagle and a comeback that likely did not surprise anyone.
The duel finally ended with the player who started the final day a stroke ahead, finishing the final day a stroke in front.
McIlroy played near the lead all week long. The victory gives him 4 majors and three straight tournament wins. The No. 1 player in the world rankings will be at the Masters in eight months time dragging along two possibilities: A win at the Master will give him a career grand slam. A victory first at the Masters and then at the U.S. Open would give him the four majors all at the same time, which was referred to until now as the Tiger Slam.
However, that is far off in the horizon. McIlroy survived this Sunday with a par shooting a final round two-under par 68. He was -16 for the tournament one stroke better than veteran Phil Mickelson. The lefty nearly holed an eagle chip but settled for a 66 and second place.
Rickie Fowler had an opportunity on the final hole to tie McIlroy but he too missed a lengthy putt for eagle. He missed his birdie putt as well and ended the tournament two shots behind McIlroy in third tied with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.
Fowler was in the top five of each of the four majors this season, yet did not win any.
Now just eight months until the next major in Augusta, Georgia, which will have plenty of drama.