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Sunday's Birdies and Bogeys

Who were the winners and losers during the final round at Valhalla? It's time to take a closer look with another edition of birdies and bogeys.

August 10, 2014
Rory McIlroy

Birdie: Rory McIlroy

This was the tightest margin of Rory McIlroy's four major wins, but in many ways, it was also the most impressive. Never afforded the cushion he enjoyed at Congressional, Kiawah, or Hoylake, McIlroy was briefly an afterthought when he fell behind by three strokes after a bogey at the sixth. And yet that's when he kicked into the gear only he seems to possess. A birdie on the par-5 7th. An otherworldly 3-wood approach that led to an eagle on the 10th. And then, after finding the bunker off the tee on the 17th, a door-shutting birdie that all but clinched a fourth career major. McIlroy's win gives him three straight, and makes him the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win two consecutive majors. More to the point, it breathes life into the idea that a pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors isn't such a far-fetched idea. Which is not to say he's thinking that way. "I may not have another summer like this," he said. "I've got to enjoy it." --Sam Weinman
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