On an extra-long Sunday at Kiawah Island, Rory McIlroy racked up an extra-big victory. McIlroy, at age 23, dominated the final round and won his second major by a PGA-record eight shots.

Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012 | 7:17 p.m.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – 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 Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.

Just like the U.S. Open, this one was never seriously in doubt.

McIlroy seized control with back-to-back birdies Sunday morning to complete the storm-delayed third round with a 67 and build a three-shot lead. No one got closer than two shots the rest of the way, and McIlroy closed out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course.

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2013 CAROLINAS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED ON THE OCEAN COURSE AT KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT

The Carolinas Golf Association is pleased to announce The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be the host site for the 99th Carolinas Amateur Championship on July 11-14, 2013.

This past week The Ocean Course was host for the 94th PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy in record setting fashion. Named by Golf Digest as the toughest in America, The Ocean Course proved to be a great test of golf for the entire field.

“Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Ocean Course are excited to host the 99th playing of the Carolinas Amateur Championship,” stated Brian Gerard, Director of Golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “We look forward to showcasing our facility to the best amateurs in the Carolinas next summer after hosting the best players in the world this past week at the PGA Championship.” Read More

While there may be withdrawals between now and next Thursday, as of right now, the field of the PGA Championship now has 108 of the top 108 players in the world!

94th PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Kiawah Island Golf Resort | August 9-12, 2012
FIELD
July 30, 2012
Adams, Blake – Eatonton, Ga.
Aiken, Thomas – SOUTH AFRICA
Allenby, Robert – AUSTRALIA
Azinger, Paul – Bradenton, Fla.
Baddeley, Aaron – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Bae, Sang Moon – Dae Gu, S. KOREA
Balin, Daniel – Rockville, Md.
Beem, Rich – Austin, Texas
Bensel, Frank – Purchase, N.Y.
Bjorn, Thomas – Silkeborg, DENMARK
Bradley, Keegan – Jupiter, Fla.
Brooks, Mark – Ft. Worth, Texas
Brown, Mark – Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Byrd, Jonathan – Sea Island, Ga.
Cabrera, Angel – Cordoba, ARGENTINA
Cabrera-Bello, Rafael – Las Palmas, SPAIN
Cairns, Brian – Walled Lake, Mich.
Casey, Paul – Weybridge, ENGLAND
Cauley, Bud – Jacksonville, Fla.
Chalmers, Greg – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Chapman, Roger – Ascot, ENGLAND
Choi, K.J. – Seoul, S. KOREA
Cink, Stewart – Duluth, Ga.
Clark, Tim – Durban, South Africa
Clarke, Darren – Portrush, N. IRELAND
Coetzee, George – Pretoria, S. AFRICA
Colsaerts, Nicolas – Brussels, BELGIUM
Coston, Jeff – Blaine, Wash.
Crane, Ben – Beaverton, Ore.
Curtis, Ben – Stow, Ohio
Daly, John – Dardanelle, Ark.
Davis, Brian – London, ENGLAND
Day, Jason – Wexford, AUSTRALIA
DeJonge, Brendon – Matthews, N.C.
Dobyns, Matt – Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Donald, Luke – Hemel Hempstead, ENGLAND
Donaldson, Jamie – Pontypridd, WALES
Dufner, Jason – Auburn, Ala.
Duke, Ken – Palm City, Fla.
Dyson, Simon – York, ENGLAND
Els, Ernie – George, S. AFRICA
Every, Matt – Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Fernandez-Castano, Gonzalo – Madrid, SPAIN
Fowler, Rickie – Jupiter, Fla.
Fraser, Marcus – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Frye, Michael – Sedona, Ariz.
Fujita, Hiroyuki – Shizuoka, JAPAN
Furyk, Jim – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Gaffney, Brian – Monmouth Beach, N.J.
Gainey, Tommy – Bishopville, S.C.
Garcia, Sergio – Castellon, SPAIN
Garrigus, Robert – Phoenix, Ariz.
Glover, Lucas – Sea Island, Ga.
Goosen, Retief – Polokwane, S. AFRICA
Grace, Branden – George, S. AFRICA
Haas, Bill – Greenville, S.C.
Hansen, Anders – Sonderborg, DENMARK
Hanson, Peter – Trelleborg, SWEDEN
Harrington, Padraig – Dublin, IRELAND
Hoey, Michael – Belfast, N. IRELAND
Hoffman, Charley – Las Vegas, Nev.
Howell III, Charles – Windermere, Fla.
Huh, John – Dallas, Texas
Immelman, Trevor – Cape Town, S. AFRICA
Ishikawa, Ryo – Saitama, JAPAN
Jacobson, Fredrik – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Jaidee, Thongchai – Lop Buri, THAILAND
Jertson, Marty – Phoenix, Ariz.
Jimenez, Miguel Angel – Malaga, SPAIN
Johnson, Dustin – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Johnson, Zach – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jones, Brendan – New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Karlsson, Robert – Katrineholm, SWEDEN
Kaymer, Martin – Mettmann, GERMANY
Kestner, Darrell – Glen Cove, N.Y.
Kim, K.T. – Yongin, S. KOREA
Kuchar, Matt – Sea Island, Ga.
Laird, Martin – Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Larrazabal, Pablo – Barcelona, SPAIN
Lawrie, Paul – Aberdeen, SCOTLAND
Leishman, Marc – Warrnambool, AUSTRALIA
Levin, Spencer – Elk Grove, Calif.
Love III, Davis – Sea Island, Ga.
Lowe, Mitch – San Francisco, Calif.
Luiten, Joost – Bleiswijk, NETHERLANDS
Lynn, David – Stroke-on-Trent, ENGLAND
Mahan, Hunter – Colleyville, Texas
Manassero, Matteo – Verona, ITALY
McDowell, Graeme – Portrush, N. IRELAND
McIlroy, Rory – Holywood, N. IRELAND
McNeill, George – Ft. Myers, Fla.
Micheel, Shaun – Memphis, Tenn.
Mickelson, Phil – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Mitchum, Kelly – Southern Pines, N.C.
Molder, Bryce – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Molinari, Francesco – Turin, ITALY
Moore, Ryan – Tacoma, Wash.
Morin, Alan – Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Murchison, Bill – Canton, Ga.
Na, Kevin – Las Vegas, Nev.
Noh, Seung-Yul – Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
Noren, Alex – Stockholm, SWEDEN
O’Hair, Sean – West Chester, Pa.
Ogilvy, Geoff – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Olazabal, Jose Maria – San Sebastian, SPAIN
Olesen, Thorbjorn – Varlose, DENMARK
Oosthuizen, Louis – George, S. AFRICA
Overton, Jeff – Evansville, Ind.
Palmer, Ryan – Amarillo, Texas
Perez, Pat – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Perry, Rod – Port Orange, Fla.
Pettersson, Carl – Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Piercy, Scott – Las Vegas, Nev.
Points, D.A. – Pekin, Ill.
Potter, Jr., Ted – Silver Springs, Fla.
Poulter, Ian – Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
Prugh, Corey – Spokane, Wash.
Quiros, Alvaro – Cadiz, SPAIN
Reavie, Chez – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rock, Robert – Weston, ENGLAND
Rollins, John – Colleyville, Texas
Rose, Justin – London, ENGLAND
Sabbatini, Rory – Durban, S. AFRICA
Scaletta, Paul – Jupiter, Fla.
Schwartzel, Charl – Johannesburg, S. AFRICA
Scott, Adam – Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Senden, John – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Siem, Marcel – Ratingen, GERMANY
Simpson, Webb – Charlotte, N.C.
Singh, Jeev Milkha – Chandigarh, INDIA
Singh, Vijay – Lautoka, FIJI
Small, Mike – Champaign, Ill.
Snedeker, Brandt – Nashville, Tenn.
Sowards, Bob – Dublin, Ohio
Stallings, Scott – Knoxville, Tenn.
Stanley, Kyle – Gig Harbor, Wash.
Stricker, Steve – Madison, Wisc.
Taniguchi, Toru – Osaka, JAPAN
Thompson, Michael – Birmingham, Ala.
Toms, David – Shreveport, La.
Tringale, Cameron – Laguna Niguel, Calif.
VanPelt, Bo – Tulsa, OK
Verplank, Scott – Edmond, Okla.
Wade, Doug – Dayton, Ohio
Wagner, Johnson – Charlotte, N.C.
Watney, Nick – Las Vegas, Nev.
Watson, Bubba – Bagdad, Fla.
Westwood, Lee – Worksop, ENGLAND
Wi, Charlie – Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
Wiesberger, Bernd – Oberwart, AUSTRIA
Wilson, Mark – Elmhurst, Ill.
Winner, Reno-Tahoe Open
Winner, Bridgestone
Woodland, Gary – Topeka, Kan.
Woods, Tiger – Hobe Sound, Fla.
Yang, Y.E. – Jeju Island, S. KOREA
Alternate List:
1. Walker, Jimmy – San Antonio, Texas (78)
2. McGirt, William – Boiling Springs, S.C.(79)
3. Stroud, Chris– Houston, Texas (80)
4. Kelly, Jerry – Madison, Wis. (81)
5. Pride, Dicky – Orlando, Fla. (82)
6. Steele, Brendan – Irvine, Calif. (84)
7. Stadler, Kevin – Scottsdale, Ariz. (86)
8. Summerhays, Daniel – Farmington, UT (87)
9. Hearn, David – Brantford, Ontario, CANADA (88)
10.Villegas, Camilo – Medellin, COLOMBIA (90)

The PGA Championship is nearly upon us.  Here are some views of the preparation:

Where do you want to go for the best pre-football tailgate party anywhere in America?  No. 17 at The Ocean Course during PGA week.  It’ll be some of the best food, people watching and golf anywhere!

Miss seeing rough weather at the British Open? Just wait for the PGA Championship

SIMON BRUTY / SI
Tiger Woods and rest of the Open field played under sunny skies for most of the week at Lytham. Don’t expect the same at the PGA at Kiawah.

As I caught parts of the British Open on TV I was amazed at how well the weather behaved and how big an impact that had on scores. I found myself looking forward to the next major, where I don’t think the field will be quite so lucky. The PGA Championship will be played in two weeks at the Ocean course at Kiawah Island, a spit of land surrounded by water that seems to manufacture humidity and has the most changeable conditions I know of in this country.

I spent the late 1990s as a part-time resident of Kiawah and did the majority of my practicing and playing there. The brutal test, without doubt, made me a better player. On that course a 115-yard shot could be a bunted wedge or a hammered four-iron-during the same round. There were days that simply standing upright was a challenge. There is, in my opinion, no finer closing stretch of holes than those on the Ocean course: two par-3s, a par-5 and two par-4s that have absolutely no let up in them.

Designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1991, the Ocean course is one of only two I have played that were made significantly easier after they opened. (The other: Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.) Following the ’91 Ryder Cup-the infamous War at the Shore-fairway widths at the Ocean course were expanded, greenside bulkheads moved and the sea oats on the beautiful dunes substantially thinned. Prior to the 2007 Senior PGA Championship the 18th green was moved farther from the shoreline, and the greens were redone with Sea Isle paspalum. It is a grass that can be amazingly consistent and firm and has very little grain, but will present a new challenge for the field, as I believe this will the first time this grass will be seen in a major championship.

Between the heat, wind, humidity and the unique features of the course, the PGA will be every bit the challenge we saw at the British Open on Sunday. I will watch with great memories of the cold, wet winter walks I used to take on the beach and a course that made me a lot better player.

Read more: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/looking-ahead-pga-championship-kiawah#ixzz21Oe8z02O

View from the rooftop deck of one of the Trophy Suites overlooking the green and ocean

 

View of the Trophy Suites on #18 from the fairway.

 

The excitement is building for the PGA Championship!

The Golf Channel’s worldgolf.com give “Ten reasons to visit South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort

http://www.worldgolf.com/features/kiawah-island-golf-resort-south-carolina-13255.htm

Keeping Fans Healthy During the 2012 PGA Championship in S.C. Roper St. Francis prepares to be the medical services provider for thousands

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 20, 2012) – This August up to 30,000 people per day are expected to gather at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island for the 2012 PGA Championship, and late summer in Charleston, S.C., means fans and players will be feeling the heat.

PGA officials have worked closely with Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s emergency services team to develop a safe and effective medical plan for heat-related and other illnesses during the large-scale event Aug. 6-12.

“Roper St. Francis is honored and proud to be the medical services provider of the 2012 PGA Championship,” said David Dunlap, president and CEO, Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “This tournament is a premier global sporting event, and we were thrilled when the PGA of America asked us to work with them again.”

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Michael Bolton made an appearance at Kiawah Island in May and had the chance to test his game on the back nine at America’s Toughest Course- The Ocean Course. With a birdie on the famous 17th and a par on the difficult 18th, he was just getting into a rhythm but was forced to leave for his sound check before he could make the turn and play the front. He was at Kiawah as the headline entertainment for a corporate incentive program being held at The Sanctuary, and he amazed a small audience of about 300 people with his performance on the Lower Terrace Lawn. Bolton was very complimentary of the golf course, and agreed that the professionals will have their hands full during the PGA Championship in August.