Friday 26 December 2014

Where Rory McIlroy's victory places him in the record books

Phil Casey

Published 11/08/2014 | 08:07

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates with his father Gerry, after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy believes he is playing the best golf of his life (AP)
Rory McIlroy celebrates with his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald aftet his win. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy poses with the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy poses with the Wanamaker trophy after his one-stroke victory during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his one-stroke victory with his father Gerry. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his one-stroke victory on the 18th green during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. Photo: Getty Images
Rory McIlroy celebrates his birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Reuters
Rory McIlroy fought back after dropping two shots early on (AP)
Rory McIlroy catches the Wanamaker Trophy as it slips out of the hands of PGA president Ted Bishop when presented after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds part of the Wanamaker Trophy after being presented the trophy from PGA of America president Ted Bishop after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy hugs his father Gerry McIlroy after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy reacts after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy hugs his caddie JP Fitzgerald after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy accepts the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, speaks to the media during a news conference after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club

Rory McIlroy's victory in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla gave the 25-year-old his fourth major title and made him the first player to win back-to-back majors since Padraig Harrington in 2008.

Here, we show McIlroy's place in the record books and what he still needs to achieve:

MOST MAJOR WINS

18 Jack Nicklaus

14 Tiger Woods

11 Walter Hagen

9 Ben Hogan, Gary Player

8 Tom Watson

7 Harry Vardon, Gene Sarazen, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer

6 Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo

5 James Braid, JH Taylor, Byron Nelson, Peter Thomson, Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson

4 Willie Park Sr, Tom Morris Sr, Tom Morris Jr, Willie Anderson Jr, Jim Barnes, Bobby Locke, Ray Floyd, Ernie Els, RORY McILROY

 

WINNERS OF ALL FOUR MAJORS

Gene Sarazen - 1922 US Open, 1922 US PGA, 1932 Open, 1935 Masters (40 events)

Ben Hogan - 1946 US PGA, 1948 US Open, 1951 Masters, 1953 Open (28)

Gary Player - 1959 Open, 1961 Masters, 1962 US PGA, 1965 US Open (24)

Jack Nicklaus - 1962 US Open, 1963 Masters, 1963 US PGA, 1966 Open (18)

Tiger Woods - 1997 Masters, 1999 US PGA, 2000 US Open, 2000 Open (15)

* In case of Nicklaus and Woods, only their first Grand Slam cycle is shown. Figure in brackets is total number of potentially playable majors between first and last win.

 

WINNERS OF THREE DIFFERENT MAJORS

* Event in brackets is major title needed to complete Grand Slam

Walter Hagen (Masters)

Jim Barnes (Masters)

Tommy Armour (Masters)

Byron Nelson (Open)

Sam Snead (US Open)

Arnold Palmer (US PGA)

Lee Trevino (Masters)

Tom Watson (US PGA)

Ray Floyd (Open)

Phil Mickelson (US Open)

RORY McILROY (Masters)

 

LOWEST WINNING TOTAL IN RELATION TO PAR (all majors)

19 under - Tiger Woods, Open (2000)

18 under - Nick Faldo, Open (1990); Tiger Woods, Masters (1997); Tiger Woods, US PGA (2000); Tiger Woods, Open (2006); Tiger Woods, US PGA (2006)

17 under - Jack Nicklaus, Masters (1965); Ray Floyd, Masters (1976); Steve Elkington, US PGA (1995); RORY McILROY, Open (2014)

16 under - Tiger Woods, Masters (2001); Phil Mickelson, Masters (2010); Louis Oosthuizen, Open (2010); Rory McIlroy, US Open (2011); RORY McILROY, US PGA (2014)

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