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McIlroy Wins PGA Championship By Record 8 Strokes

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits off the seventh tee during the Final Round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 12, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits off the seventh tee during the Final Round of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 12, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Championship, routing the field by a record eight strokes Sunday for his second major title.

McIlroy led throughout the final round at Kiawah Island, shooting a 6-under 66 and eclipsing Jack Nicklaus’ seven-shot victory in 1980. McIlroy sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to break the record and finish at 13-under 275.

David Lynn shot a 68 to finish second.

McIlroy won the U.S. Open last year at Congressional in a similar runaway, beating Jason Day by eight strokes. Before McIlroy’s victory Sunday, the last 16 majors had been won by 16 players.

Tiger Woods shot a 72 to finish 11 strokes behind.

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