Rory McIlroy tweets selfie on his way to celebrate in New York as sport stars hail his stellar show
Published 11/08/2014 | 08:00
It's a bit ironic that we all stayed up until just before 2am to watch Rory McIlroy show why he is the world number one and he is jetting off to the city that never sleeps to celebrate.
In a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday, McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par - one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness in Louisville after a rain delay of almost two hours.
Flying high with the team after my 4th Major victory!!! NYC here we come!! Thanks for all the support and well wishes pic.twitter.com/zK1q8xnwA8— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) August 11, 2014
McIlroy is the first player since felllow Irishman Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors, his victories in the Open Championship and US PGA also sandwiched by a first World Golf Championship win in the Bridgestone Invitational last week.
His performance on the back nine last night at Valhalla has catapulted the 25-year-old even higher in the echelons of the game and social media lapped up his incredible showing as the shadows grew longer in Kentucky.
Fellow professional golfers, sport stars from Ireland and abroad, celebrities and even the biggest football club on the planet showed their appreciation on twitter.
Here are the pick of the tweets: