US PGA Final Round

Rory McIlroy one shot clear as he chases back to back Major Championships at Valhalla

Patrick Madden Mon, Aug 11
 
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  • 17:58

    -13:  McIlroy
    -12:  Wiesberger
    -11:  Fowler
    -10:  Mickelson, Day
    -9:  Oosthuizen, Stenson, Ilonen, Palmer
    -8:  Donaldson, DeLaet, Stricker
    -7:  Mahan, Scott, Chappell, Westwood, Luiten, Furyk


    It's the final day of the final major of 2014, and there's how it looks.

    Rory McIlroy is a shot clear of the field and has a chance to become the first man to win back-to-back major championships since Padraig Harrington in 2008, and the first to win three PGA Tour events on the bounce since a certain Tiger Woods in 2006.

    If Rory can keep up his recent form going into today then you wouldn't bet against him bagging major numer four. But it won't be straightforward. At times yesterday he faltered and the chasing pack stalked him mercilessly. Finally, three birdies in the final four holes helped him pull clear.

    It was a brilliant days golf. At various stages five men had the lead - Rory, Ryan Palmer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and surprise package Bernd Wiesberger. But Rory was the one ever-present at the top of the board.  

    As well as having the lead, Day also had his shoes and socks off. His recovery after going on safari to find his tee shot at the second was quite remarkable. He's on -10 alongside Big Phil, who rolled out four birdies in the last five to put himself right in contention.

    If today is anywhere near as exciting as yesterday then we're in for a treat. So put the kettle on, and put Monday morning's alarm call to the back of your mind. We're taking you from here until the trophy is lifted - let's hope it will be in Irish hands.

    Oh, and if we end up with a tie tonight, which wouldn't be surprising, there'll be a three hole aggregate play-off on 13, 17 and 18. If that ends up tied it'll be sudden death on the same three holes.

    It's glory's last shot at Valhalla, the great hall of warriors. Buckle up.

     

  • 17:59

    Today's remaining tee times...

    1.05pm ET, 6.05pm BST: Bill Haas, Victor Dubuisson  
    1.15pm ET, 6.15pm BST: Brandt Snedeker, Danny Willett  
    1.25pm ET, 6.25pm BST: Joost Luiten, Jim Furyk  
    1.45pm ET, 6.45pm BST: Kevin Chappell, Lee Westwood  
    1.55pm ET, 6.55pm BST: Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott  
    2.05pm ET, 7.05pm BST: Graham DeLaet, Steve Stricker  
    2.15pm ET, 7.15pm BST: Ryan Palmer, Jamie Donaldson  
    2.25pm ET, 7.25pm BST: Henrik Stenson, Mikko Ilonen  
    2.35pm ET, 7.35pm BST: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen  
    2.45pm ET, 7.45pm BST: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson  
    2.55pm ET, 7.55pm BST: Rory McIlroy, Bernd Wiesberger  

  • 18:01
  • 18:01
  • 18:03

    A biblical shower at Valhall has halted proceedings. I was just getting warmed up as well.

    Television is showing the sixth which is submerged. Puddles everywhere and the hole is full to the brim. There's no sign of it easing off at the moment, but when the rain does pass it should dry up fairly quickly.

  • 18:03
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  • 18:07
    So there we go. Things were just getting started, Sergio had hit a peach of a second to within 12 feet on the first, and then the heavens opened. It'll be at least 30 minutes before another ball is struck in anger. Fingers crossed it isn't much longer than that. This championship couldn't be better poised and it would be a crying shame if it doesn't finish today.
  • 18:14
  • 18:14
  • 18:15
    There are ducks on one of the fairways. At least they're enjoying this.
  • 18:18

    There has been some good scoring out there so far today.

    Graeme McDowell, who had a good round ruined by a quadruple-bogey eight on the 13th yesterday, is -2 through 16 and back up to -1 for the tournament.

    Shane Lowry was the first man off the tee this morning after two consecutive 74s ruined his chances. But he bounced back today and rounded off his week in style with a -4 67 dragging him back to -1 overall.

    Elsewhere, Thobjorn Olsen has had a good day so far, he’s -4 through 11 and -5 for the tournament. Ian Poulter is threatening a characteristic final day charge, he’s -2 for the day.


  • 18:22
    Uh oh. Francesco Molinari, who's even today and even for the championship, says the players have been told it will be at least an hour before they can get back on. He also reckons the late starters will struggle to get their round done today. Please stop raining.
  • 18:22
  • 18:28
    I was at the cricket at Old Trafford on Friday when we had a storm of our own and play was stopped at about 2.30pm. This is proof that is doesn't only rain in Manchester.
  • 18:32
  • 18:36
    Good news, the rain has stopped and already the course is drying up. There's still concern over the bunkers though, which are ankle-deep in water.
  • 18:38
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  • 19:01
    So the latest news is the range is back open, but still no news on a restart time. Ernie Els says the players are not happy with the situation and says the players expect a bit more after being left out on the course and then no transport back to the clubhouse. Shane Lowry was left out for an hour at the start of the second round and was a bit miffed afterwards.
  • 19:08
    This is Emmet Riordan here as the weather has even hit resident blogger Patrick Madden after the remnants of Hurricane (Big) Bertha caused a powercut. At least that's Patrick's excuse, I reckon he's gone down the range to hit a bucket of balls.
  • 19:08
  • 19:11
    So 7.40pm restart, which means Rory McIlroy will be out about 9.30pm Irish time. The sun sets in Louisville around 8.45pm (1.45am Irish time) so they will get the final round in if there's no further delays. More bad weather forecast for later in the day though, so it's touch and go.
  • 19:11
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  • 19:12
    Quick update on that from last tweet, 9 minute intervals and McIlroy out at 9.19pm then. Late night whatever happens.
  • 19:12
  • 19:15
    Alan Shipnuck is making a very valid point, Shane Lowry was first off alongside Brendon Todd this morning at 8.25am. I'm sure the Clara man wouldn't have minded going out 45 minutes earlier. Lowry played well, carding a 4-under 67 to finish his tournament on 1 under.
  • 19:18
    If it's needed, the 3-hole play-off could be moved to the putting green, bring a few buggies around to light up the green. Crowd of 50,000 looking on, it would be fantastic.
  • 19:19
  • 19:21
    As Lee Westwood just said, maybe it's a good thing that golfers will have to play fast and certainly McIlroy is one of the quickest in the game.
  • 19:26
    Scratch that fast play mularkey, Howard Clark's report from the 18th fairway shows that there will be all sorts of issues with casual water for the golfers who are resuming in 15 minutes or so.
  • 19:30
    When play does get going, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen will be looking to continue his momentum after picking up 4 shots in the first 11 holes to move to 5 under. France's Alex Levy birdied the first to move to -6 and has a 4-foot putt for par on the tough 2nd hole.
  • 19:32
    Personally speaking one golfer I'm cheering for is Finland's Mikko Ilonen, who won the Irish Open this year in Fota Island. The 75 cent each way that I bet on him @ 300/1 might also have something to with it.
  • 19:33
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  • 19:35
    That's the attitude boys.
  • 19:37
    Monty in discussion with an official about the state of the fairways, while there's a group of people drying out on a tee box with towels. And Rory just smiles as he sits with his coach Michael Bannon in the clubhouse.
  • 19:42
    Incredible transformation in the space of an hour as we now have a mom's apple pie kind of Sunday afternoon in Kentucky.
  • 19:45
    There's the hooter and the crowd applauds, let's play gentlemen.
  • 19:45
    5 minutes later than planned and we get a second blast of the hooter for good measure.
  • 19:46
  • 19:51
    Another birdie for Olesen on the 12th and he moves to 6 under - 5 under for the day
  • 19:53
    With 65 the best score at Valhalla this week, Olesen has 6 to play and a chance to record a new low.
  • 19:57
  • 20:02
    9 different countries represented by the final 12 golfers in action. Cosmopolitan - 5 Europeans, 4 Americans, a Canadian, an Australian and a South African,
  • 20:05
    Ernie Els lets his putter do the talking and makes birdie on the 3rd hole to move to 6 under. After all that rain we'll call him the The Big Squeegy from here on in.
  • 20:05
  • 20:07
    I want Butch Harmon to discuss this young man's squeegey technique. Good elbow action, a lot of strain on the club too.
  • 20:08
    Rory McIlroy is on the range a good hour before his tee-time.
  • 20:10
    Graeme McDowell finished his week with a birdie on the 18th to make up for back to back bogeys on 16th and 17th. Carded a 2 under 69 to end up on 1 under,
  • 20:10
  • 20:11
    Monty should be value for money when he gets into the Sky commentary booth.
  • 20:13
    Meanwhile, Olesen bogeys the 14th to slip back to 6 under and thoughts of a best score of the week evaporate like the rain at Valhalla.
  • 20:15
    Ewen Murray on Sky Sports is confusing me now by saying that sunset is 8.05pm local time (1.05am Irish) but everywhere I look it's 8.43pm (1.43pm).
  • 20:16
    Ernie's grabbed another birdie on the 4th and moves to 6 under. Frenchman Levy has birdied 3 of the first 4 holes to move to 8 under.
  • 20:18
    Jimmy Walker's also made a fast start, back to back birdies on the 3rd and 4th moving him to 7 under.
  • 20:20
    Speaking of pants, Phil Mickelson has the stripey ones from his good suit on. They're his lucky strides, just like Tiger Woods's red shirt.
  • 20:23
    Els has a great chance to make it a hat-trick of birdies on the 5th after a brilliant approach. The South African can certainly go low in the final rounds of Majors.
  • 20:26
    A hat-trick of birdies for Jimmy Walker and he moves to 8 under after 5 holes.
  • 20:27
    And Els follows him in for his own hat-trick. Raising each other's games by the looks of things.
  • 20:27
  • 20:28
    Well if this tournament gets finished tonight, the PGA of America should give these folk a serious bonus.
  • 20:30
    Dutchman Joost Luiten birdies the first to go to 8 under. Birdies galore on receptive greens could make this final round even more thrilling than Saturday.
  • 20:31
    Lee Westwood opens with a birdie to move to 8 under and Charl Schwartzel is 3 under through 8 holes and 7 under for the tournament.
  • 20:40
    ERNIE! 4 birdies in a row gets him to 9 under and the par-5 7th is next.
  • 20:42
    And Ernie's back using the short putter to great effect, stunning golf so far in his round.
  • 21:01

    Hello everyone, it's Patrick again. Many thanks to Emmet for holding the fort. Unfortunately I wasn't down the range but pacing the house waiting for the power to come back on after we enjoyed a Valhalla-esque storm in North West England. My internet's struggling a bit but as we stand I've got the golf just about working and the I've got a radio next me if needs be so one way or another I'll be able to take you through the action.  

    I've only just been able to see the leaderboard again - Big Ernie's on flames and has moved to -9 while Ryan Palmer has kicked things off with a birdie to move to -10.

  • 21:02
  • 21:09

    Boom. Birdies on seven, eight, ten and eleven has seen Charl Schwartzel move to -9.

    15 mins until Rory time.

    There's a huge roar as Mickelson and Fowler walk onto the first.  

  • 21:12

    Westwood has a birdie chance on five to move to -9 but it breaks a lot more than he's expecting and the chance is gone.

    Day and Oosthuizen both set up birdie chances on the first.

    Behind them, Fowler and Mickelson tee off and they get a rapturous receptiong. Fowler is off first and finds the fairway, and so too is Phil, finding soggy safety down the middle.

  • 21:16

    Jason Day sends his birdie putt on its way and my laptop feed buffers just as the ball is on the edge of the cup. Will it drop?  

    That was a very long ten seconds. It didn't, par at the first for Day. Looking forward to see if he goes on another adventure at the second. If he sticks it left I imagine the stream he paddled through yesterday won't be as easy to navigate this time. Less of a brook more of a ravine.

  • 21:17
  • 21:22

    Rory's on his march to the tee, donning a grey polo with purple sleeves.  

    He sends it down the right and into the first cut of rough. Rory's final assault in the bid for a second consecutive major is finally underway. Wiesberger follows and he finds the fairway. Now everybody's out.

    Up ahead Mickelson sinks a 30-footer for birdie and he's up to -11. Fowler can only make par.

  • 21:26
    Wiesberger sends his second into the green into a similar position to where Mickelson just sank his birdie putt. And then Rory puts his in almost the same place Fowler did. Let's hope the symmetry doesn't extend to a missed birdie putt.
  • 21:28
    Trouble off the second tee for Rickie Fowler. He's pulled it left and it looks like it's headed for the water. The best he can hope for is a Jason Day-esque trip into the jungle. Big Phil made no mistake though, he's sitting pretty in the middle of the fairway.
  • 21:31

    Wow, Ernie's on a roll. He drops in a birdie putt on nine to move to -10. He's gone one in 30.

    Movement from Stenson as well, he's birdied three to get to -11.

    Rory can't sink his birdie chance so it's a steady four for him to start. Wiesberger matches him.

  • 21:35

    Fowler's had to drop after his wayward tee shot. His third is good but it looks like it will be a dropped shot. Mickleson is on the dancefloor, this is dartboard golf, the ball sticking when it lands.

    There are birdies everywhere at the moment. Mikko Ilonen has picked up two shots at the first and third to move to -11. Oosthuizen makes three at the second to move him to -10.

    Rory's drive on the second is a belter, Wiesberger meanwhile finds a soggy fairway bunker.

  • 21:44

    Rory's second is aggressive but his ball spills off the back of the green. What did I say about a dartboard...

    Whoops off the third tee as Big Phil goes at the pin. It's a brilliant shot, landing ten feet from the pin. Then Fowler trumps him, he lands his inside Mickleson's and will have a great chance for birdie, within five feet. These two have got a huge crowd following them.

    Wiesberger's third at the second is a good one after he landed short of the green after plopping in the fairway bunker from the tee. He's within a foot for par.

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    Rory has the putter out for his second, he'll have an easy putt for par.

    BOOM! Mickelson is now just a shot off Rory, he sinks his birdie putt at the third to move to -12. Rickie Fowler bounces back from his bogey on the second and he's moves back to -11.

  • 21:47
  • 21:51

    Rory, with a huge puddle in front of him, finds the heart of the green off the tee on the second. It's not as good as Mickelson or Fowler but he'll have a chance. Wiesberger is on the dancefloor as well and it's slightly better than Rory's but he's 20 feet away.

    Up ahead, Mickelson finds the fairway on the fourth.

    Here's the leaderboard as it stands...

    -13:  McIlroy (2)
    -12:  Mickelson (3), Wiesberger (2)
    -11:  Stenson (4), Ilonen (4), Fowler (3)
    -10:  Els (10), Palmer (4), Day (3), Oosthuizen (3)

  • 21:56

    McIlroy's birdie effort on the third is poor, he's left himself a tester to save par. Wiesberger follows and again it's not a great stroke.

    Ernie Els has made ANOTHER birdie on the 11th and now he's just two back of the lead.

    Uh oh. Rory's missed his par putt. He's slipped back to -12 alongside Mickelson and Wiesberger.

  • 21:57
  • 22:01

    This is ridiculous. There are four shots between the top 20 here. The leaderboard is rammed. Jamie Donaldson has made a birdie on the fifth to move up to -9 and a tie for 10.

    Rory finds the fairway with his tee shot on the fourth.  

    Mickelson has 12 feet for birdie but his effort is weak and he taps in for a par. Now it's Fowler's turn. It's in! We now have a four-way tie for first place. With Ernie Els, Stenson and Ilonen just a shot back.

    Hold that thought, Stenson rolls in a birdie on five and now there are five of them at -12.

    This is turning into one of the greatest final days in major history.



  • 22:01
  • 22:04
    Rory has a short wedge into the flag on the fourth and it looks good but just as you're expecting it to grip it doesn't, rolling on and leaving him around 12 feet for a birdie which would put him back on top.  
  • 22:06

    Here's what it looks like at the moment. Don't get too attached because it's not going to stay like this for very long...

    -12:  Stenson (5), Mickelson (4), Fowler (4), McIlroy (3), Wiesberger (3)
    -11:  Els (11), Ilonen (5)
    -10:  Day (4), Oosthuizen (4)

  • 22:07
  • 22:08

    Rory can't make his birdie putt. He's off to the fifth tee still at -12.



  • 22:13
    Loose second from Mickelson on the fifth. He shouts fore right and the ball is in the galleries. First mistake he's made today. Fowler next, and he's missed the green as well, pushing it into the first cut on the right hand side.
  • 22:17

    Rory rips another big drive on the fifth tee, onto the left of the fairway leaving him a nice angle into the green.  

    Up ahead, Phil is first to play from off the green. Lefty has the best short game in the world and he utilises it there, getting up and down well. Fowler next, with the flag out, and it's in!!!! Rickie Fowler chips in and now he leads the championship!  

  • 22:18
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  • 22:21
    Wiesberger's second into th fifth green is similar to Fowler's - he'll be hoping he can perform similar heroics from off the edge. McIlroy plays next and he doesn't like it. It's a loose one, short and left. He's putting pressure on himself here and he'll have a big ask to get up and down.
  • 22:22

    How it's looking...

    -13:  Fowler (5)
    -12:  Stenson (5), Mickelson (5), McIlroy (4), Wiesberger (4)
    -11:  Els (13), Ilonen (5), Day (5)

  • 22:25

    Rory's third on the fifth is much more like it, running the ball to within two feet. Wiesberger is good as well, he can't match Rickie but he should make par.

    Rory's currently the only player in the top 20 who's over par so far today. He takes four at the fifth.

  • 22:28
    Wowee, Victor Dubuisson has moved back to -9 after he chipped in from the thick rough on the tenth. Miraculous shot from the Frenchman.
  • 22:35

    Fowler finally gets to tee off on the sixth, the tee of which has been log-jammed. Not what you need when quick play is of paramount importance if we're going to get this thing settled tonight.

    Both Ricky and Mickelson are good off the tee. Ahead of them Jason Day has a 90-footer (yes, 90) for birdie and it's a brilliant effort, leaving him with three-feet for par.

  • 22:36
    But after doing the hard work Day misses his par putt and he's slipped back to -10, three off the lead.
  • 22:45

    Rory finally gets to tee off on the sixth, and it was worth the wait. He arrows it staight down the middleof the fairway. Play has to speed up now if we're going to get this finished tonight. Wiesberger's tee shit isn't so smart, he landsin the rough on the left.

    Mickelson plays a brilliant third from off and below the green and rolls it to four feet. Fowler shows great touch as he snakes a monster putt to within a couple of feet.  

    Big Phil taps home for par.

  • 22:48

    The lead is shared once again, Henrik Stenson rolling in for birdie at the seventh to move alongside Fowler at -13.

    Rory pulls his approach into the sixth and finds the greenside bunker. He's not exactly exuding confidence at the moment.  

  • 22:49
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  • 22:55

    Rory's out of the sand well on the sixth. He made a few brillianf up and down saves yesterday before kicking on later - fingers crossed he does the same today.

    Wiesberger plays before Rory and he misses his par putt, slipping back to -11.  

    Gahhhhhh. Rory pushes his past the edge and now he's back to -11. He really needs to turn this round.

  • 22:59

    The leaderboard now...

    -13:  Stenson (8), Fowler (6)
    -12:  Mickelson (6)
    -11:  Els (15), Ilonen (8), McIlroy (6), Wiesberger (6)

  • 23:02
    Wiesberger on the seventh tee and he chooses to go down the right handside. Rory up next and it's a snorter, he's on the fairway. Great chance to follow Mickelson on to the green and get the ball rolling.
  • 23:07

    Yikes, Fowler nearly does it again. He found the sand with his second on the seventh but he's out briliantly, it runs just inches past the pin and leaves him with a simple birdie chance.

    Mickelson has a long one for eagle.... Wow, it is a whisker away. Still, a birdie for Phil and he's now -13 under and shares the lead.

    BOOM. Fowler responds instantly, sinking his putt to move a shot clear once again. All of a sudden, Rory is three shots off the lead. Can't be great viewing for Rory seeing this up ahead of him.

  • 23:07
  • 23:08
    I'm not sure if those shoes and trousers are impressive, but Phil's opening seven definitely have been.
  • 23:11

    Ohhh Rory.... McIlroy puts his second towards the bunker Fowler was in, only he lands in the first cut just short of it. He'll have a horrible shot trying to pitch over the sand and onto the short side of the dancefloor.

    Up ahead on eight, Fowler finds the heart of the green with his tee shot. Mickelson up next and his ball trickles into the bunker.

    Wow, Stenson's on flames. He's birdied nine to go out in 30 and join Fowler in the lead at -14.

  • 23:13
    Outstanding third shot from Rory, putting a ridiculous amount on the ball to hold it and leave a great chance for birdie. He really, really needs it.
  • 23:14
    GET IN! Rory knocks his birdie putt in and he's back to two within the lead.
  • 23:15
    Mickelson plays a quite stunning shot out of the sand on the eighth to leave himself with a foot for par. Fowler sends a long birdie chance fractions past the edge. Wiesberger, after laying up on seven, can only make par.
  • 23:22
    Rory's on the dancefloor after a nice tee shot on the eighth. He has a good chance for a birdie he really needs. But he can't make it, pushing it past on the right.
  • 23:22
  • 23:25

    ERN BABY ERN, BIRDIE INFERNO!

    Els finishes with a birdie on 18 to card a brilliant 65 and move him to -11.

    Elsewhere, Ryan Palmer has suddenly sparked to life with an eagle on the tenth to move to -11.

  • 23:29

    Rory splits the fairway with his tee shot on the ninth. He has been imperious with the driver this weekend.  

    Jamie Donaldson plays a brilliant tee shot on the 11th after a birdie on the tenth. He's -9.

  • 23:31
    And now there's three at the top. Mickelson birdie's at nine to move alongside Stenson and Fowler at -14. Rory needs to keep up.
  • 23:35

    Rory, from a perfect position in the middle of the tenth fairway, pulls his second shot just into the first cut.


    Up ahead on ten mickelson lets rip and puts his tee shot into the gallery. It appears to have clobbered somebody sat in a chair but they barely flinch. They're obviously made of sterner stuff in Louisville. Fowler's tee shot is good.

  • 23:35
  • 23:42

    Rory's chip on the ninth runs past the hole but he makes no mistake with the putt back. He's out in a disappointing 36, needs a big last nine here.

    Something along the lines of, I don't know, three birdies in the last four...

  • 23:42
  • 23:45

    Rory starts the back nine as he means to go on with yet another huge drive.

    Mickelson can't capitalise on his fortuitous ricochet off the speactator's bonce and pulls his second into the shaggy stuff front right of the green. He recovers well with his chip though and he has a birdie chance. Fowler meanwhile opts to lay-up and his third leaves a lot to be desired, he'll struggle for birdie from there.

  • 23:48

    But he doesn't struggle. He drains it, what a putt. He's now -15 under par. Mickelson, feeding off his playing partner, looks to have followed suit, but his effort slides just past. These two playing like this and with the crowd behind them look unstoppable.

    C'mon Rory, hang in there.

  • 23:50
    YES! WHAT A SHOT! Rory has the three wood out and lets rip. It nearly catches the fringe but it rolls past and to within eight feet for birdie. If he rolls that in the momentum it gives him could be huge.
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  • 23:56

    Rory for eagle...

    YESSSSSS!!!!!! GET IN! That is a quite brilliant eagle. He's back to within a shot.

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  • 00:00

    Nerves of steel from Fowler to save par at the 11th. He stays in the lead at -15. But now he's joined my Mickelson who birdies


    Behind them, Rory's on the tee. Wow. It lands eight feet from the hole. Rory's down to pick up his tee and marching off the box. He's back in the zone.

  • 00:01
  • 00:05
    Rory's over his birdie putt, it's further than I first though, about 12-feet. It looks a tricky one to read, he's taking his time over it. Nope, it slides past the left edge. Unlucky, on to the next one.
  • 00:08
  • 00:12

    Perfect line off the twelth tee from Rory.


    Up ahead, Fowler looks to have played the perfect second shot into the pin but he's half a club short and plugs in the rough at the front.


    Now there are three leaders, Stenson rattling in a birdie putt at 13 to join Mickelson and Fowler at -15.


    Mickelson may struggle to stay with them though, his second on twelve left him in a horrible position and he has to play safe with the chip to make sure he doesn't end up in the bunker, he'll have a long putt for par.  


    Victor Dubuisson's championship is over. He's carded a final round 66 to join clubhouse leaders Walker and Els at -11.


    WOW! Mickelson sinks his long par save. Serious stones from lefty.

  • 00:14
  • 00:15

    A great shot shows Rory at the top of the hill waiting for his second watching the galleries roar as Phil's putt drop.


    It obviously hasn't effected him though, he drops a stunning eight iron to within twelve feet. A great chance to rejoin the leaders.

  • 00:20

    Wiesberger, who's one of seven at -11, is in a similar position to Mickelson after his second on twelve and can only chip out past the flag. He can't conjure the same magic as lefty and misses, slipping back to -10.

    Right, Rory lines his putt up. C'mon... NO! So close, it slips just past the right lip.  

  • 00:22
    Henrik Stenson, moments after going a whisker away with a birdie putt on 14, misses his short par putt. He slips back to -14 alongside Rory.
  • 00:23
    Brandt Snedeker's weekend comes to a close. He's carded 67 today, after a 65 yesterday, to finish -10. Great weekend for him.
  • 00:24
  • 00:26

    Rory takes an iron off the tee on the thirteenth and it's a good one, leaving a good line into the pin. On the green, Fowler nearly drops a brilliant birdie putt which would have moved him one clear.

    Mickelson has a chance next, but it never looked good, he pushed it straight away.

  • 00:31

    Jim Furyk has taken the clubhouse lead -12 after he carded a 66 today. If it wasn't for yesterday's 72 he'd have had a real chance of ending his long wait for another major.

    Rory drops his approach at 13 seven feet below the hole.

    Mickelson's tee shot at the par three fourteenth is a good one. It flirts with the slope but grips and he'll hav a good birdie chance. Rickie on the other hand isn't so good, he's pushed his way right and will have a devilishly difficuly up and down to save par.

  • 00:33

    Rory for birdie on thirteen....


    YES! Rory punches the air, he's back at thetop of the leaderboard.  

  • 00:34
  • 00:39

    Rickie's in all sorts of trouble after his wayward tee shot on 14. He's taken relief after landing on a muddy footpath. Big taste of Fowler's nerves this up and down. He plays it safe - he's givem himself a chance of par and eliminated any danger of ending up with double bogey.

    Mickelson's birdie chance isn't right and he's spurned another opportunity to move clear.

    Fowler for par... Misses. He's back to -14, leaving Phil and Rory in the lead.

  • 00:39
  • 00:41

    Rory's on the 14th tee, five iron in hand. It lands right on the cusp of the ridge and slowly trickles back down. Still, that's a good shot.

    Mickelson hits a good three wood of the tee on 15 to the left of the fairway. Fowler has the driver out, and it's straight down the middle.

  • 00:46

    The leaderboard as we reach the climax...

    -15:  Mickelson (14), McIlroy (13)
    -14:  Stenson (15), Fowler (14)
    -12:  Furyk (F)

    Lee Westwood finishes with a 69 today, -9 under for the tournament.

    Rory's birdie putt up the hill doesn't quite have enough, he taps in for par and heads to the 15th -15.

  • 00:46
  • 00:53

    Rory has the driver out on 15 and he likes it straight away. Quite right too, it's pretty much perfect.

    Up ahead, Fowler and Mickelson make pars.

    Rory's second is good, he's left himself with around 20 feet for a birdie which would give him the outright lead.

  • 00:55
  • 00:58

    Mickelson's tee shot on 16 looks straight but just bounces into the first cut on the left. Fowler though hits a stinker, pushing his drive way right. It's so far right it's on the 15th fairway, and he might have a line in over the trees.


    Right, Rory's birdie putt. 17 feet. Hit it.


    Nope, didn't get enough on it. It's miles off actually.


    Wiesberger, who hasn't made a birdie all day, drops another shot and he's back to -9.

  • 01:04

    Fowler is taking an age to play his second on 16. At one point he stops to let Weisberger putt on the 15th before he makes his way back down the wrong fairway. But, it's worth the wait. Great recovery shotfrom Rickie.

    Mickeslon is over his awkward second, and he's hit the flag!!! So close but it's run on to around eight feet. He's left with a tricky save.

    Amidst the madness up ahead, Rory has hit an absolute stonker off the 16th tee. It's gone a mile.

  • 01:04
  • 01:05
  • 01:07

    Fowler makes an excellent par save - not quite as miraculous as Jason Day yesterday but a corker nonetheless.

    Now Mickelson to save par... HE'S MISSED! Lefty leaves it short. Rory McIlroy is the clear leader of the USPGA Championship.

  • 01:09

    Another excellent up and down keeps Henrik Stenson in the hunt. He's -14 heading into 18.

    Rory has 183 left for his second. And it's good. Not excellent, but it'll leave him with a birdie chance. If he makes it...

  • 01:10
  • 01:11

    As it stands...

    -15:  McIlroy (15)
    -14:  Stenson (17), Mickelson (16), Fowler (16)
    -12:  Furyk (F)

    Mickelson seems to have found the bunker with his tee shot on 17...

     

  • 01:14
  • 01:14
    Ahh, Rory can drop his birdie putt on 16. Still, he's a shot clear with two holes to go...
  • 01:14
  • 01:20

    Mickelson has just avoided the sand with his tee shot on 17 and sends his third over the back. This is a ticky up and down to keep him in it. But it's brilliant. He's put it to within a foot, he' hanging in there.

    Fowler for birdie. It's a long one. Nope, never got close. He saves par well.

    Mickelson and Fowler head into the last -14 and one shot off Rory's lead.

  • 01:23

    Henrik Stenson's had a stinker with his second on 18. It's gone into the gallery on the left and into the mud. He can't get onto the green.

    Rory's in the fairway bunker on 17 after his tee shot. Wow. He's stuck it within 10 feet. If he can hole that it's as good as over.

     

  • 01:23
    Sky's shot of the day is Rory's second on the tenth. It's the shot which got everything going.
  • 01:23
  • 01:24
  • 01:25

    Henrik Stenson rolls in for par on 18 to finish -14 for the tournament. A great week for the Swede but probably not quite enough.

    Rory for birdie on 17... YESSSSSSSS!  

    RORY LEADS BY TWO SHOTS WITH ONE TO PLAY!

  • 01:27
  • 01:30

    There's another wait for Rory on the 18th tee as Fowler and Mickleson tee off. He should whisper into Phil's ear what he just did on 17...

    Fowler and Mickelson play good tee shots, they both really need eagles here.

    It's getting very dark out there now, and Mickelson and Fowler have called the last pair through.

    Rory tees off and it's hearts in mouths as he pushes it to the right. It's okay though.

  • 01:30
  • 01:31
  • 01:35

    Phil's over his second. He needs some magic here. But he can't produce it and he's short, left with a pitch onto the dancefloor. Fowler's next to go and he rips a four iron which just creeps onto the green. He'll have an eagle putt, but not an easy one.

    Rory's at his ball and he'll have to play it quite a way below his feet. He really flirted with the water there.

    As soon as Mickelson and Fowler get on the green Rory and Wiesberger will play.

  • 01:38

    Rory gets ready to pla his second with Fowler and Mickelson watching on from the green. This is sport at it's best - it doesn't get any better.

    Rory goes to lay up but he's found the front left bunker. This next up and down could be the biggest of his career so far.

  • 01:41

    Mickleson chips brilliantly from the fringe and taps in for birdie. He has the clubhouse lead at -15, well played lefty.

    Fowler has an eagle chance to move him to -16 and he attacks but send it past. And then he misses his par putt back. A great effort from Rickie, he finishes on -14.

  • 01:42

    Right, Rory from the bunker. He has three shots to get up and down and win the championship.

    Yikes. He's out but he's still along way away. Not an easy two-putt coming up.

    It's practically pitch black out there now.

    C'mon Rory, two easy putts and it's yours...

  • 01:44

    Well done. Great putt to within a foot.

    Here we go, a tap in....

    YES! RORY MCILROY WINS THE USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP!

  • 01:44
  • 01:46
  • 01:54

    "It's probably the one that hurts most for me. We were cool with them hitting the tee shot but we weren't expecting the approach shots. It is what it is. Rory has played great this week, he's been a deserving champion." Fowler's interview with American TV sugests him and Mickelson weren't too keen on Rory and Wiesberger playing into the green. Pfft, should have played faster Rickie.


     

  • 01:57

    Rory's on his way up to get his hands on the Wanamaker trophy for a second time. Flashbulbs light up a dimming Valhalla.


    "It's been just incredible. I didn't think in my wildest dreams I'd have a summer like this, I've played the best golf of my life. I want to thank Phil and Rickie for letting us play up, if they didn't we'd have struggle to finish up. It showed a lot of class and sportsmanship."

  • 02:04
    "This was definitely another way to win a major. The other three were quite comfortable but I really had to gut that out today. I'm going to enjoy this week. It's been a fantastic summer, maybe one I'll never have again, so I've got to enjoy it."
  • 02:04
  • 02:06

    The final standings...

    -16:  McIlroy
    -15:  Mickelson
    -14:  Stenson, Fowler
    -12:  Furyk, Palmer
    -11:  Walker, Els, Dubuisson, Mahan, Stricker, Ilonen

  • 02:08
  • 02:09

    And with that, I'm going to bid you goodnight (or good morning).

    It's been a brilliant championship, one for the ages. The last major of the season may be over, but don't despair. There's the small matter of the Ryder Cup to look forward to next month...

    Rory's got another. The boy's a bit special, isn't he?

    Thanks for joining, and see you soon.