Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/12/12

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 07: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 18th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 7, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship. McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and he became the youngest player since...

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