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McIlroy wins PGA Championship at Valhalla

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Delayed by rain earlier Sunday, Rory McIlroy sank a short par putt on the 18th hole with the light fading fast to win the 2014 PGA Championship.

McIlroy went 16-under for the tournament. Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, who finished one shot back, narrowly missed a chip shot for eagle on 18 that could have put him into a tie for the lead. Mickelson made his birdie putt, finding himself on the green with McIlroy after the final two groups merged in an effort to make sure play finished before the sun went down.

McIlroy’s group did not tee off until after 4 p.m, leaving the final major of the year at risk of not finishing on Sunday.

Just 25 years old, the current No. 1 player in the world won his fourth major and second PGA Championship.

Play was halted for 1 hour, 51 minutes in the final round at Valhalla Golf Club after an inch of rain fell in about 45 minutes, creating temporary ponds and streams that had workers scrambling to squeegee water from fairways and greens. Showers also forced an hour-long delay Friday morning in the second round.

In both instances, tournament officials decided not to allow players to use preferred lies, except when a ball came to rest in standing water. That didn't sit well with some players, who struggled after play resumed.

Reports from the Associated Press were used in this story.

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