2012 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy Runs Away With Win, St. Johns' Keegan Bradley Third

Aug 12, 2012; Kiawah Island, SC, USA; Rory McIlroy (IRL) reads the green on the 16th hole during the final round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Rory McIlroy breezed to first place in South Carolina, winning the PGA Championship by a record margin.

Rory McIlroy didn't need to keep scoring after amassing a major lead on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, but he did, winning the 2012 PGA Championship by eight strokes, breaking a record for largest margin of victory previously held by Jack Nicklaus.

McIlroy reclaimed his title as the World No. 1 golfer with his second major at only 23 years of age. Nobody really bothered him atop the leaderboard as he went from 2-under at the beginning of the third round to 13-under by the tournament's end, matching the margin of victory he had in his 2011 U.S. Open title. David Lynn was the runner-up all the way back at 5-under.

Keegan Bradley, who hails from New England but went to St. John's, didn't follow up on his 2011 PGA Championship victory but shot 4-under on the final day to tie for third at nine strokes off the lead. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods was nowhere to be seen, as his spot in a tie for first on the leaderboard after the second round deteriorated as he failed to shoot below par on either of his weekend rounds for the fourth time at a major this year. He tied for 11th, meaning his now-4-year-long major drought will extend into 2013.

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