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2012 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for 2012 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by a tournament-record eight strokes, earning his second career major championship victory. Coincidentally, McIlroy's first win in a major - the 2011 U.S. Open - was also by eight strokes.

McIlroy opened the tournament with a 67, then struggled to a 75 in Round 2. That 75 didn't hurt him too badly, though, as the field scoring average in Round 2 was near 78, the highest average score ever in a PGA Championship.

Near the beginning of McIlroy's third round, an incident happened that might have derailed his quest, had he let it. He hit a drive on the third hole that never came down - it hit a dead cypress tree and stuck in the tree branch. McIlroy had to take a 1-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie, but after dropping, he hit a great approach to the green, then sank the putt to salvage par. After that, it was mostly smooth sailing.

The only thing that got in McIlroy's way (other than the tree) was the weather on Saturday at South Carolina's Ocean Course. A heavy band of thunderstorms stopped third-round play, requiring many golfers to complete the round on Sunday morning.

Tiger Woods was one competitor who lost ground in that third round, and Woods fell farther behind in the final round, eventually finishing tied for 11th. When McIlroy won, he reached his second career major at a younger age than Tiger, by four months.

Journeyman David Lynn, who received a special invitational from the PGA of America to play, wound up in second play. Defending champion Keegan Bradley was among those tied for third.

McIlroy wound up posting three rounds of 67 or better to go with that second-round 75, finishing at 13-under 275.

He broke the record for largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship. Jack Nicklaus had been the recordholder with a 7-stroke win at the 1980 PGA Championship.

2012 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 2012 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-72 Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina:

Rory McIlroy 67-75-67-66--275 $1,445,000
David Lynn 73-74-68-68--283 $865,000
Keegan Bradley 68-77-71-68--284 $384,500
Justin Rose 69-79-70-66--284 $384,500
Ian Poulter 70-71-74-69--284 $384,500
Carl Pettersson 66-74-72-72--284 $384,500
Blake Adams 71-72-75-67--285 $226,000
Jamie Donaldson 69-73-73-70--285 $226,000
Peter Hanson 69-75-70-71--285 $226,000
Steve Stricker 74-73-67-71--285 $226,000
Tiger Woods 69-71-74-72--286 $143,286
Geoff Ogilvy 68-78-70-70--286 $143,286
Ben Curtis 69-77-73-67--286 $143,286
Bubba Watson 73-75-70-68--286 $143,286
Tim Clark 71-73-73-69--286 $143,286
Graeme McDowell 68-76-71-71--286 $143,286
Adam Scott 68-75-70-73--286 $143,286
Bo Van Pelt 73-73-67-74--287 $99,667
Padraig Harrington 70-76-69-72--287 $99,667
John Daly 68-77-73-69--287 $99,667
Jimmy Walker 73-75-67-73--288 $72,667
Robert Garrigus 74-73-74-67--288 $72,667
Seung-Yul Noh 74-75-74-65--288 $72,667
Louis Oosthuizen 70-79-70-69--288 $72,667
Joost Luiten 68-76-75-69--288 $72,667
Pat Perez 69-76-71-72--288 $72,667
Marc Leishman 74-72-71-72--289 $51,900
Jason Dufner 74-76-68-71--289 $51,900
Thorbjorn Olesen 75-74-71-69--289 $51,900
Miguel Angel Jimenez 69-77-72-71--289 $51,900
Trevor Immelman 71-72-70-76--289 $51,900
Greg Chalmers 70-76-72-72--290 $42,625
John Senden 73-74-72-71--290 $42,625
Bill Haas 75-73-69-73--290 $42,625
Luke Donald 74-76-74-66--290 $42,625
Rich Beem 72-76-72-71--291 $34,750
Y.E. Yang 73-74-74-70--291 $34,750
Marcel Siem 72-73-71-75--291 $34,750
Phil Mickelson 73-71-73-74--291 $34,750
Fredrik Jacobson 71-75-73-72--291 $34,750
Vijay Singh 71-69-74-77--291 $34,750
Jim Furyk 72-77-70-73--292 $25,750
J.J. Henry 72-77-70-73--292 $25,750
Aaron Baddeley 68-75-74-75--292 $25,750
Gary Woodland 67-79-75-71--292 $25,750
David Toms 72-78-72-70--292 $25,750
Martin Laird 71-74-79-68--292 $25,750
Paul Lawrie 73-75-71-74--293 $18,625
Ernie Els 72-75-73-73--293 $18,625
Dustin Johnson 71-79-72-71--293 $18,625
Thomas Bjorn 70-79-74-70--293 $18,625
Retief Goosen 73-75-75-70--293 $18,625
Scott Piercy 68-78-79-69--294 $16,810
Francesco Molinari 70-75-74-75--294 $16,810
Sang-Moon Bae 72-78-71-73--294 $16,810
Darren Clarke 73-76-72-73--294 $16,810
Brendon de Jonge 71-78-72-73--294 $16,810
K.J. Choi 69-77-75-73--294 $16,810
Charl Schwartzel 70-77-74-74--295 $16,100
Ryo Ishikawa 69-77-79-70--295 $16,100
Kyung-Tae Kim 69-77-77-73--296 $15,900
Ken Duke 71-78-74-74--297 $15,650
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 67-78-75-77--297 $15,650
Chez Reavie 74-76-73-74--297 $15,650
George McNeill 71-76-80-70--297 $15,650
Alexander Noren 67-80-73-78--298 $15,350
Marcus Fraser 74-75-78-71--298 $15,350
John Huh 72-78-79-70--299 $15,150
Toru Taniguchi 72-76-78-73--299 $15,150
Zach Johnson 72-73-76-79--300 $15,000
Matt Every 72-76-74-82--304 $14,900
Cameron Tringale 69-78-77-82--306 $14,800

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