KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 09: Keegan Bradley of the United States hits off the 15th tee during Round One of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 9, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
New England native Keegan Bradley finished fourth at the PGA Championship, but he was no match for Rory McIlroy, who won the tournament by a record margin.
Nobody was going to come close to Rory McIlroy in the PGA Championship, as the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland won the event on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island by a record margin of eight strokes.
McIlroy didn't bogey any of his last 23 holes, finishing the tournament at 13-under, winning his second career major by the same margin that he won his first, the 2011 U.S. Open. A run by Ian Poulter had cut his lead to two strokes at one point on the final day, but once McIlroy started scoring, there was no stopping him, as he reclaimed the World No. 1 spot by shooting 11-under for his final 36 holes. David Lynn finished a distant second at 5-under.
Keegan Bradley, who was born in Vermont and also lived in New Hampshire and Hopkinton, Mass., never contended for the lead, but fought his way back from shooting a 77 in the second round to finish in a tie for third place. Bradley was at even par entering the final round of the competition, but shot a four-under on the final 18 holes to put him in a four-way tie for third with Poulter, Justin Rose, and Carl Pettersen nine strokes off the lead. His finish will earn him $384,500. Bradley was the American golfer with the highest finish. Bradley's outing gave him a fourth-place finish in the Ryder Cup standings, meaning he will represent Team USA in that event.
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