Rory Mcllroy Looks To Repeat at PGA Championship

Most people would agree that Rory Mcllroy has not had the year that golf fans expected him to have. Mcllroy himself has said that he has felt “lost” on the course on more than one occasion. A missed cut two weeks ago at the British Open once again raised questions on whether or not Mcllroy was truly focused on golf. That coupled with him walking off in the middle of his second round at the Honda Classic, the poor performance at the U.S. Open, and missed cuts in both of his European Tour events and people are starting to chalk this season up as a lost one for the young Northern Irishmen.

All you have to do is go back to last year to see that this season is anything but lost as Mcllroy heads to the PGA Championship this week.

Rory Mcllroy won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Rory Mcllroy won the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

While the Palm Beach Gardens resident had a win heading into the season’s final major, just like this year he struggled to find consistency in his game. After winning The Honda Classic at PGA National, he finished in a tie for 40th at the Masters, failed to make the cut at The Players and the U.S. Open, and finished in a tie for 60th at the British Open. Throw in a missed cut at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour and his middle of the season stats looked very similar to this year.

That was, until he arrived Kiawah Island, South Carolina and the site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Mcllroy showed up at the Ocean Course and torched the field, winning the final major of the year by a record eight shots, breaking the old record of seven shots held by North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus.

That win at the PGA Championship jump started Mcllroy in a way that most hadn’t seen from the Bears Club member. Mcllroy went on to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, the first two legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, as well as the Tour Championship on the European Tour on his way to earning Player of the Year honors on both tours and his first career world number one ranking.

Mcllroy heads to Oak Hill as more than just the defending champion. He looks to have the same success at the event with the hopes that just like last year, this will be the tournament that turns around his season. For complete coverage of the 95th PGA Championship, visit www.pga.com.

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