US PGA Championship final round, Kiawah Island as it happened

Rory McIlroy wins the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, eight shots ahead of second-placed David Lynn of England.

13 August 2012 Last updated at 00:14

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As it happened

  1. 0012: 

    US PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy: "I don't think I have let it sink in yet, it was a great round of golf. I just wanted to play solid, as I did all the way through the week. I got off to a shaky start but settled into it and my putting was phenomenal.

    "It has been an incredible week, I had a good feeling about it at the start but I never imagined I would do this.

    "It means an awful lot to look at the names on the trophy and to put my name beside them is something special."

  2. 0011: 

    I'm going to sign off now, but not before we hear from Rory McIlroy. Thanks for joining us for a fantastic evening of golf, as I give the final word to the 2012 US PGA champion. Goodnight.


    From aki_mj: "Tiger won 7 of 11 majors after winning his second. If Rory can do that, he is just as good as Woods."


    From Matt, Bury: "If golf was in the Olympics we'd have won gold, silver and two bronzes!"

  5. 0008: 

    And there is the magical moment, as Rory is awarded the US PGA trophy. He'll need a big mantlepiece to fit this trophy on, the champion struggled to lift it. It will take a big tin of polish to keep it gleaning too. Still, I bet Rory's not complaining.

  6. 0006: 

    Rory is about to step up and receive his well-earned trophy - his victory was as convincing as one could wish for today. His beaming smiles say it all.


    From PhillipCoulter: "A lot said about McIlroy's focus and ability to dominate golf... form is temporary, class is permanent."

    Jay Townsend, BBC Radio 5 live golf summariser

    "Amazing, a headshakingly amazing performance by Rory McIlroy. He did everything that was asked off him, he was up there from the first round and then was absolutely dominant at the weekend. He blew the field away.

    "The pressure will be off him now. A lot of people have won one major, he has won two now. It might just open up the floodgates and let his talents flow. It will be a great year to watch him playing golf now.

    "This takes him back to world number one, and convincingly so."

  9. 0001: 

    To complete an incredible day for UK golf, David Lynn has finished second after Carl Pettersson pars the final hole to finish four under and tied for third with England's Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and America's Keegan Bradley.

  10. 2356: 

    Rory is four months younger than Tiger Woods was when the American won his second major. McIlroy looks emotional as he hugs his dad, Jay on the 18th.

  11. 2355: 

    What an incredible finish, the finish of a champion. Rory birdies the 18th by rolling a putt in from 12 foot, to complete a bogey-free round. He wins the 2012 US PGA Championship by eight shots. Take a bow, Mr McIlroy.

  12. 2351: 

    Rory McIlroy gets an incredible reception as he walks up to the green on the 18th. He's almost there now.


    From effaheap: "Can Rory win before the Olympic flame goes out?"

    From mcampbell90: "Don't be ridiculous Paul [2343], Ronnie O'Sullivan is rubbish at golf."

  14. 2350: 

    Adam Scott misses a simple birdie chance on the 18th, but makes par. He finishes two under, another creditable performance. Steve Stricker does manage to birdie the final hole and ends three under for a tie of seventh.


    Rory is on the 18th, and is ready to be crowned the new US PGA champion. How good has this performance been? Some people are comparing him to Tiger Woods - what do you think about that? Tweet us via #bbcgolf, or text on 81111.

  16. 2343: 

    England's David Lynn after his round of 68, finishing on -5: "I got myself into the zone yesterday and I was feeling comfortable today. It is all a bit surreal at the moment.

    "I am really pleased with how I have handled myself, playing as freely as I could, hitting the shots and low-and-behold I lead the clubhouse scores."


    From Paul: "Rory's like Ronnie O'Sullivan, if he brings his A game he can blow everyone away."

  18. 2341: 

    Another par for Rory, this time on the 17th as he rolls it in from five foot. It's all too easy now. He is marching towards the 18th with a real purpose - the phrase 'walking tall' springs to mind.


    From adamfrancis11: "At least in Rio we won't have to worry about the closing ceremony clashing with a major!"

  20. 2339: 

    Tiger Woods, after his round of 72, leaving him on -2: "I came out with the wrong attitude yesterday by coming out relaxed but that is not how I play because I am usually intense. It cost me.

    "Overall, I am very pleased with where my game is heading. I played better today than yesterday, I just need a little fine tuning."

  21. 2338: 

    Close, but no cigar for Carl Pettersson as he fails to birdie the 17th - good news for David Lynn.

  22. 2336: 

    Rory takes his second shot on the par-three 17th, as he sits on the edge of the green. A sensible shot moves him to within a five-foot putt of par.

  23. 2334: 

    Carl Pettersson has parred the 16th, meaning he has just two holes to try and prevent David Lynn from taking second place. A birdie will get him a tie for second, anything better and he gets runner-up outright. That early two-shot penalty could just cost him.

  24. 2331: 

    Tiger will be glad to put his feet up, but he has to wait a little longer as he misses yet another birdie putt - this time from about six foot. His putting has really let him down today, as he finishes two under. In the final round, he hit two bogeys and two birdies.

    Jay Townsend, BBC Radio 5 live golf summariser

    "Rory McIlroy is the most talented player in the game today. When he is on, he is just unbeatable, he is that good. Tiger Woods used to do what Rory is doing, but it does not happen any more."


    From Glockers_83: "The amount of 'sports fans' watching a concert while McIlroy has a chance of making golfing history is crazy."


    Rory will become world number one if he wins today. He needs to roll in a four-footer to birdie the 16th - and he does it in style. That moves him to 12 under. The boy's incredible.

  28. 2324: 

    That would have been a great shot - unless you are David Lynn - as Carl Pettersson almost makes an eagle on the 16th with a majestic chip shot that rolls just too far.


    From STB_Dave: "Surely another Team GB gold when Rory gets to Rio in 2016! He's playing sublimely."

    As he's from Northern Ireland, he can choose to compete for GB or Ireland in 2016...

    Jay Townsend, BBC Radio 5 live golf summariser

    "Rory McIlroy had his distractions this year. The difference between a good player and great is the one that comes back. He has grown through it, worked it out and it is the stage where the boy becomes a man."


    Bo Van Pelt suffers another bogey on the 15th to drop to two under. He is one over for the day, it's been one to forget for him. Peter Hanson has also slipped out of sight on that leaderboard - bogeying the 17th. Padraig Harrington has finished one under.

  32. 2313: 

    David Lynn misses a four-foot putt for a birdie on the final hole, but he still makes par to finish the competition five under.

  33. 2311: 

    "Get in the hole," they yell on the 17th as Tiger Woods misses a birdie chance. David Lynn's day is getting even better as Carl Pettersson drops a shot on the 15th. The Englishman is second outright now. What a story.

    Conor McNamara, BBC golf commentator

    On Twitter: "Four of the top five names on the leaderboard right now at the PGA are from Northern Ireland or England. McIlroy, Poulter, Lynn, Rose."

  35. 2308: 

    That's it for Ian Poulter, as he bogeys the 18th and finishes four under. He'll be disappointed to not keep the pace up today, but he will be pleased to virtually secure his Ryder Cup pick. GMac finishes two under, while Rory misses makes a par on the 15th. Such is his dominance today, he looked gutted not to roll in a 14-footer. It just didn't have enough pace on it.

  36. 2305: 

    A few heroes of yesteryear are now taking stock in the clubhouse. Both Retief Goosen and Thomas Bjorn finish the competition five over. Luke Donald is also done and dusted too, finishing two over after birdies on the 15th and 16th.


    From crimdefenceUK: "How can the R&A ignore Northern Ireland now? Major, after Major, after Major, after Major. NI is the home of golf."

  38. 2303: 

    A bogey at the 16th rubs salts into Tiger's wounds. Rory takes his second shot on the 15th and, once again, he lands on the front of the green. The ball is dancing to his tune this evening.

  39. 2301: 

    Who's the other Englishman in joint-second? That's David Lynn, who has birdied the 16th and 17th to move to five under. He's had a dream day. His best-ever finish in a major before today was joint-53rd at the Open in 2003. Good lad.

  40. 2256: 

    It's looking good for Rory, but we should remember the start Ian Poulter had to the day. At one point, he moved to within two shots of the Northern Irishman - but Macca has showed his true mettle. There has been no hint of a collapse, he hasn't dropped a shot yet.

  41. 2254: 

    Bo Van Pelt drops a shot on the 14th, before Rory steps up on the same hole and sinks his three-footer with apparent ease for another par. Class.


    From Peter: "Watching the closing ceremony with family but have to keep secretly checking up on the leaderboard. Got to see Rory hopefully on his way to another major!"

  43. 2251: 

    Rory takes his second shot on the par-three 14th and he chips it to within three foot of the hole. It's been an exhibition by the Northern Irishman today, he has bounced back to form in style this week.

  44. 2249: 

    Defending champion Keegan Bradley won't be winning the trophy today, but he will be pleased with his round of 68. He finished four under - scoring five birdies in the final round. Geoff Ogilvy has also finished, going round in 70 today to finish two under.


    From Greg: "Tiger deserves credit for being in contention, he's so regularly there when others so often falter."

  46. 2246: 

    Padraig Harrington misses a putt up the hill for an eagle on the 17th. He converts a birdie, as England's David Lynn rolls in one of his own at the 16th to go four under. Poulter has parred the penultimate hole, and remains five under.

  47. 2242: 

    McIlroy is on the 14th and, from the tee, he catches a slope and the ball drops on to the rough - just short of a bunker.

  48. 2239: 

    McIlroy is in cruise control now, rolling in a six-footer for par on the 13th. Carl Pettersson misses a birdie chance on the same hole, but he has been one of the stars of the day after dropping two shots at the first hole. He has stuck in there and is tied in second on five under.


    From DevPaud: "Trying to convince half a bar in France to turn off the great closing ceremony to watch Northern Ireland win their annual major."


    BBC Northern Ireland's Conor Spackman: "If Rory prevails, Northern Ireland will have won 40% of golf's major championships since Gmac won at Pebble in June 2010."

  51. 2232: 

    Adam Scott has dropped two shots at the 13th, to slide to two under. The same fate befalls Padraig Harrington at the 15th - he is now level par. McIlroy is at the 13th and he finds the perfect line to land on the green and boost his chances of another par.

  52. 2229: 

    Ian Poulter has a birdie chance at the 16th, but the ball has too much pace on it and he misses the opportunity to pull a shot back.


    From TheRealFriel: "Woods is a spent force? Unlucky at the US, tied 3rd at Lytham and another solid showing here. He is making steady progress."

  54. 2227: 

    After his bogey on the 11th, Tiger has parred the next three holes to stand at the 15th tee on three under. A bogey at the 14th has dropped Peter Hanson further down the leaderboard, alongside Woods.


    From lawrence_rob: "Enough about Medinah - who will lead Europe at Gleneagles? Monty return? Lyle? Bjorn? Clarke?"

  56. 2224: 

    Masters champion Bubba Watson is another to finish his round, and he was somebody else who was never in danger of bothering the leaders. He was solid enough, as he went round in 68 today to finish two under.


    From jcraigblair: "Sorry world, it's now a rule that Northern Ireland has to have an annual major champion and this is the last one this year!"

  58. 2220: 

    That's it for Phil Mickelson for today, as he pars the 18th to finish three over. It's been a real mixed bag for him in the fourth round - four birdies being tempered by four bogeys and one double-bogey.

  59. 2218: 

    It's getting better and better for Rory, as he rolls it in from 10-feet to go six shots clear on the 12th. He is the only player in the top eight not to drop a shot so far today. The form of a champion.


    From John in Chepstow: "Yet another missed major chance for Woods... when will the world realise he is a spent force?"

  61. 2216: 

    English golfer Justin Rose: "You never know what could happen round the finish. I don't mind hitting an aggressive shot and swing - when you're chasing you can do that. Both of us [caddie] were sporting Team GB gold."

  62. 2216: 

    Oh no, it's all going wrong for Poulter as he suffers his third bogey in succession at the 15th. He's five under now.

  63. 2214: 

    Rory takes his second shot on the 12th, and it's another fantastic approach shot as he lands on the green. It's just a case of holding his form now, he doesn't need to take any risks. G-Mac has given us another reminder of his ability with a birdie on the 15th.


    It's been a day too far for Vijay Singh, who has bogeyed the 12th - his fourth of the day. He has slipped well out of contention to one over.


    From Richard Smith: "As a PGA golf professional I'm torn between the US PGA and the closing of the Olympics. Great coverage from the Beeb on both events, lucky I can follow both."


    From Calum: "From my hostel in Munich all I can get is the text coverage. McIlroy or Poulter, I don't mind but it's great to have one collection of great sporting achievements being commemorated in a great display at home, and reading of a new one taking place elsewhere. Come on boys!"

  67. 2208: 

    Ian Poulter is on the 15th and his shot rolls well past the hole and off the green. He doesn't need to be dropping any more shots.

  68. 2206: 

    Jamie Donaldson has had a solid day too. The Welshman has recovered from a bogey on the 13th, with a birdie on the next. He stands on two under.

  69. 2204: 

    BBC Northern Ireland's Conor Spackman: "Another bogey for Poulter on 14th - lead for Rory now four shots. Well, it has been more than a year since we won a major..."

  70. 2204: 

    Carl Pettersson misses a birdie chance on the 11th, after bogeying the 10th. Justin Rose finishes his round in 66 to end four under - a fantastic performance.

  71. 2202: 

    Darren Clarke is back in the clubhouse after carding six over for the competition. He double-bogeyed the second, and dropped a shot on the 13th and 18th. Rory manages to make par on the 11th - he is getting closer.


    From AlexFlynn65: "Tiger performing his, now customary, final day collapse."

    Jay Townsend, BBC Radio 5 live golf summariser

    "To get a second major so early [is great]. I think McIlroy is the most talented golfer in the world. He'll get better. His best golf is ahead of him."

  74. 2159: 

    Ouch...that hurts Poulter as he makes a second bogey in succession on the 14th, to drop four shots off the lead with four to play. Are they getting ready to etch 'R. McIlroy' on to the famous trophy now? The Northern Irishman is all set to birdie the 11th, by the way.


    From KevinOnEarth: "I am sniggering quietly at Tiger here. Sorry!"

  76. 2154: 

    Ernie Els has finished five over, while Blake Adams is now the clubhouse leader on three under. He's just keeping the seat warm for Ian or Rory...

  77. 2151: 
    That's ugly!

    Tiger Woods is having a bit of a nightmare now, as he misses a relatively routine four-footer on the twelve to bag a birdie. He doesn't miss with his second attempt, but he remains three under.


    From oct141970: "Big respect to Pettersson, two shots gone on the first, accepts and moves on. The quiet man of golf."

  79. 2149: 

    Fancy a Padraig Harrington update? It's not good news, I'm afraid. He looked in a good place when he sank three consecutive birdies at the turn, but he bogeyed the 10th and could only par the next two holes. He is seven shots off the lead.

  80. 2147: 

    A couple of birdies on the 16th and 17th help Miguel Angel Jimenez finish the competition one over. As for Justin Rose, he manages to put for a bogey - the water proving his downfall on the 17th. Poulter has dropped a shot at the 13th.


    From NMatthews68: "Chance of a UK 1-2-3 here? Rory, Poulter and Rose?"

  82. 2143: 

    Pettersson has managed to pull it round a bit, a bogey at the 10th the best he could have hoped for. It means the top three has a good look to it if you are a UK golf supporter - as our next tweet rightly points out...


    From CJTebb: "Calling it now, Ian Poulter to win with a closing 60."


    From Alex, at his computer: "I would like to see Poulter win just because England can win another major, but McIlroy will be almost as good for me."

  85. 2142: 

    Justin Rose is in the water at the dreaded 17th, while Carl Pettersson has found a few problems - the sand and then a bunker - on the 10th. As for Poulter, it's safety first as he finds the green with a clever shot from out in the rough.

  86. 2139: 

    In complete contrast, Rory, who had actually found himself in the bunker, chips on to the green and then finishes the job in style to save par on the 10th. Cracking stuff.

    That's ugly!

    Tiger is on the 11th, trying to save par - and he misses. Poulter then steps up on the 13th and is way off course with his second shot and he will do well to make par too.

  88. 2136: 

    Rory has found the edge of the green with his second shot on the 10th, after finding himself in the rough. He'll be pleased with that one, it's got him out of a bit of trouble.

    Jay Townsend, BBC Radio 5 live golf summariser

    "The modern game is not dominated by anyone because of equipment. Once they get the equipment sorted out, it'll sort out the men from the boys."


    Birdies on the 12th and 13th have helped defending champion Keegan Bradley to four under, while Justin Rose also picks up a shot to move five under.


    From thegingeroneni: "Either Rory McIlroy or Ian Poulter would be a fitting winner. Reminding America what they are up against in the Ryder Cup."

  92. 2130: 

    Rory is standing on the 10th and he has sliced it to the right. He finds grass, though, and it is not the worst shot in the world. Paul Lawrie has finished five over, as has Ben Curtis who finishes two over to take a temporary clubhouse lead.


    Ian Poulter makes another birdie on the 12th, his eighth of the day. The seven-foot putt looks like being too short, but it just topples in. I suspect he thought he could do well today, judging by his all-white attire. Just like gold football boots, you only wear such things when you are good. And Poulter is good.


    From KevinOnEarth: "It's long from settled yet - Poulter chipping away at Rory, could be close still!"


    Speaking of Ryder Cup selection, Paul Lawrie is hoping to catch the captain's eye. Triple-bogeys on the 17th aren't going to strengthen his case, however. That makes him five over with one to play.

  96. 2121:  
    Jay Townsend, 5 live golf summariser

    "It is a timely return to form for Ian Poulter, he doesn't want to rely on a pick for the Ryder Cup. If he doesn't qualify, he'll still get in now."

  97. 2121: 

    Ian Poulter looks like he has got Lady Luck on his side, as he narrowly misses the water on the 12th and sets up another birdie chance. The guy is relentless today. David Lynn has birdied the 11th, what a great day for him too.

  98. 2118: 

    A birdie on the eighth has moved Bo Van Pelt to four under, but Justin Rose misses out on his third consecutive birdie by inches. As for Rory, he has taken delight in a par on the ninth - the hole which has proved troublesome to so many this week.

  99. 2116: 

    And McIlroy finds the green with his chip shot, further evidence perhaps that this could be his day. Woods pars the 10th after taking the scenic route earlier on. A small achievement after a shocking start to the hole.

    Jay Townsend, 5 live golf summariser

    "There are small clouds that look like they'll just past the north west of us. Right now we're looking OK."

  101. 2113: 

    Ian Poulter is a shot closer with a birdie at the 11th, as McIlroy prepares for a difficult chip at the ninth...


    From lawrence_rob: "In Kos with no coverage to be found anywhere. Go 'Rors' hopefully it'll be Greek yoghurt and a McIlroy win for brekkers!"

  103. 2112: 
    That's ugly!

    Tiger Woods take a shot from a real outpost on the course - and promptly finds a bunker. He makes amends by finding the green with his third shot and should now make par. At four under, his chances are quickly slipping away now.

  104. 2109: 

    Jimmy Walker is sliding down the leaderboard after two consecutive bogeys. This should still end up to be his best showing in a major, however.


    BBC Northern Ireland's Conor Spackman: "Tiger faltering as his latest drive goes into what looks like a dustbin lorry."

  106. 2106: 

    Ian Poulter is still fighting, as he sets up a potential birdie on the 11th. He parred the 10th and, in case you need reminding, he is four shots behind McIlroy.


    From magnersmuncher: "Let's hope that Rory can bring home that 30th Gold Medal."

  108. 2104: 

    Rory is out on the ninth, a hole he bogeyed on Saturday. He's found some sand from the tee this time too.

  109. 2103: 

    Justin Rose has had a great day, picking up six shots during the final round - moving to four under after 14. My colleague from Hampshire is enjoying Justin's wonderful form, that's for sure. Padraig Harrington is down to three under, however, after dropping a shot on the 10th.

  110. 2100: 

    Just to let you know the commentary has started on BBC 5 live sports extra. Get stuck in.

  111. 2059: 

    It's a par on the eighth for Rory, who is marching around the course like the potential champion he is now. Confidence is coursing around his body.

  112. 2056: 

    It's getting exciting at Kiawah Island, and the good news is you can follow the action live on BBC 5 live sports extra from around 21:00. That's only five minutes away.

  113. 2055: 

    A bogey on the ninth spells bad news for Peter Hanson, who has been so consistent to this point. He's seven shots off the lead now, and surely out of contention.

  114. 2053: 

    Tiger pars the ninth to turn four under. He's getting plenty of support out there, suggesting he could gather momentum if others ahead of him begin to feel the pressure. G-Mac birdies another, this time at the 10th.


    From olipoole: "The gf is getting nervous and claiming she won't win this one... usually means she's won! Desperately want another Tiger win"

  116. 2051: 

    Ian Poulter pars the 10th, to remain in contention four shots back. Rory is playing worldly golf though, as he finds the heart of the green from the tee at the eight. It's only a par-three, but he looks good for another birdie.


    From MattNuttall1989: "Flirting between another video montage of the Olympics and coverage of the golf, best moment of Olympic Sunday is Rory's 2nd major!"

  118. 2049: 

    A touch of class from G-Mac, as he birdies the 10th by sinking a five-footer. At two under, his chance has gone - but he looks in good nick ahead of the Ryder Cup.


    From Stevo34Galway: "Surely not Harrington. Threw a sneaky each bet at 66/1 before his round yesterday. Putter is heating up..."

  120. 2047: 

    Heavenly electricity sounds dangerous, Conor! Rory is playing some top golf at the moment, but so is Carl Pettersson. That's four birdies from the last five holes for him now.


    BBC Northern Ireland's Conor Spackman: "Weather warning sign up at Kiawah Island heralding possibility of heavenly electricity."


    Rory is on fire here. He misses a 40-foot eagle putt - but only just. And he taps it in for a birdie to move to 10 under after seven. He is four shots clear and, if he carries on like this, he will be extending that lead on the next few holes.

  123. 2042: 

    Rory McIlroy, on the seventh, has pitched on to the green with a five iron - another incredible shot. The storm clouds are gathering, however. Let's hope the weather doesn't hold up any potential victory charge.

  124. 2041: 

    Another man four under is Sweden's Peter Hanson, after eight. And as I type, he is joined by Adam Scott after a birdie on the seventh. That makes amends for a bogey on the previous hole.

  125. 2038: 

    Is this a late surge for Padraig Harrington? He has birdied the last three holes to turn four under.

  126. 2034: 

    Maybe I am spending too much time talking about the leaders, so how about the strugglers? I can tell you that the United States' Cameron Tringale won't be thanking me for bringing his name up. After seven holes today, he has dropped seven shots. He will have nightmares about the par-four 15th. That took him seven shots. I suppose it happens to us all.


    Come on then, folks. As we approach the halfway mark on the final round for the leaders, let me know your thoughts. Is it going to be Rory, Ian or Carl? Get texting on 81111 or tweet us using #bbcgolf. Lovely stuff.

  128. 2030: 

    You can't keep a good man down. Carl Pettersson suffered a two-point penalty on the opening hole, but he's not going to let that drag him down. He birdies the third, fourth and fifth to move to five under after six.

  129. 2028: 

    McIlroy can't extend his lead, as he misses a good chance of a birdie at the sixth. Poulter has parred the ninth, to complete a great start to the evening for him.


    From oct141970: "Poulter is ready to win and on another day he would, but Rory is in full control of his game. Another major for him."

  131. 2025: 

    Have we got any Adam Scott fans in the house? If so, I am the bearer of bad news. Nothing too dramatic, but a bogey on the sixth sees him drop to six shots off the lead. Will all those Royal Lytham memories come flooding back?

  132. 2023: 

    The wind is picking up now, perhaps a sign of some struggles on the back nine? Poulter looks set to par the ninth after a beautiful chipped shot pulls it round for him.

  133. 2021: 

    It's a case of too little too late for world number one Luke Donald, as he birdies consecutive holes on the 15th and 16th. Five over par is a terrible return for him. And guess what? We have cheers and whoops once again as Tiger birdies the seventh, moving to five shots off the lead.


    From StewartBanner: "Re: golfingampm [2009] and the Pettersson penalty: Once it crosses the line of the hazard (red line) it's in a hazard. You can't ground your club in a hazard."

  135. 2017: 

    Poulter has missed the fairway on the par-four ninth, and his second shot is not much better as it slips down a steep bank.


    From Flipscokid: "I'd love to see a Poults celebration if he wins, it'd be like no other! Rory has years ahead. Would love IP to snatch it."

  137. 2016: 

    Phil Mickelson has battled with this course all week - and the course is winning. The American hero is now level par again after making a hash of the 10th hole, dropping a shot.

  138. 2014: 

    A birdie on the seventh helps Padraig Harrington to two under - consistent if nothing else. One man who has caught the eye today is England's David Lynn, who has picked up another shot on the seventh. At three under, it would take a lot for him to win it - but he is putting up a great show.

  139. 2011: 

    Is the pressure getting to Poulter? He misses a simple putt and ends up bogeying the eight. No such worries for Rory as he pars the fifth.

  140. 2009: 

    As I recover from the delight of finding a packet of cookies on the end of my desk, Jimmy Walker (didn't he play for Carlisle?) continues to impress. He strokes in a five-foot putt on the seventh for a birdie. He is four under now.


    From golfingampm: "I don't understand the [Carl Pettersson] penalty for grounding his club... he was on grass! Have they deemed the grass to be in the hazard?"

  142. 2008: 

    McIlroy and Poulter are a bit out on their own at the moment - the third-placed trio are three shots behind Poulter, but only two shots separate the 18 golfers behind Poulter.

  143. 2006: 

    Steady as she goes for Sweden's Peter Hanson - he's tied for third (with Adam Scott and Carl Pettersson) on four under par, after four pars and a couple of birdies in the first six holes.


    From alanrg65: "How much longer can Poults keep this run going? It's McIlroy's to lose though. Hope Scotty plays well - got each way bet on him"

  145. 2004: 

    Sometimes it's not your day, as Tiger Woods is finding out. He's missed numerous chances to birdie so far this evening - doing so again on the seventh. Bo Van Pelt has bogeyed the fourth to drop to three under. Are his chances slipping away?

  146. 2001: 

    Keegan Bradley is the defending champion and he has showed a bit of class to recover from a bogey on the first hole. Three more birdies on the eight move him to two under, but he's more solid than spectacular at the moment.


    From AForce316: "I got a feeling that Woods will make a surge. Watch out Rory."

  148. 1957: 

    Rory finds himself in the sand on the fourth, but a majestic chip shot looks to have averted any worries there. After birdies on the second and third holes, he is nine under.


    From GCMonty92: "Really pleased I put Ian Poulter on at 50/1 on Thursday. Come on son!!"

  150. 1955: 

    I bring you news of ANOTHER birdie for Ian Poulter, this time at the seventh. He is seven under now, and is certainly the man in form.

  151. 1954: 

    Ben Curtis is flying today - five birdies in 11 holes. He's left his charge way too late though, sitting on two under. He's boosted his prize money if nothing else.

  152. 1952: 

    Shall we check in with Tiger, folks? I can tell you it's not really been his day. He is playing reasonably well, without much luck. After five holes this evening, he has only gained one shot.

  153. 1950: 

    Terrible news for Carl Pettersson. After a birdie on the third moved him bang into contention, he was given confirmation of a two shot penalty on the first for grounding his club in a hazard.

  154. 1948: 

    Miguel Angel Jimenez is wonderfully inconsistent. A bogey on the 10th, following his double bogey on the seventh, means he is one over. Two birdies and one early eagle mean nothing in the big picture now.


    From tonyhammer1: "Oli, I suspect your missus had 20 golfers for each major picked and claimed a winner."

    From olipoole: "At least it's got her interested and means I can watch the majors whenever! I reckon it's going to be Scott but what do I know!"

  156. 1943: 

    Wales' Jamie Donaldson is on the fringes, consistently parring each hole - one birdie remedying an early bogey - but on one under after six, he is unlikely to trouble the big boys.

  157. 1941: 

    Lovely stuff, Rory nails a five-foot putt on the third to bag another birdie. Anything you can do Ian, Rory can do better etc.

  158. 1938: 

    All good things have to come to an end - just ask Ian Poulter, who fails to make it six birdies in a row. He won't be too downhearted though - he is bang in contention.


    From moon_monkey7: "Go Poults, his putter is on fire! All aboard the birdie train!"

  160. 1938: 

    Immelman's early plight sent me scurrying to the leaderboard to see how his compatriot Ernie Els is getting on. It's not good news, I'm afraid. He is one of those starting on the 10th and consecutive bogeys on the 17th and 18th have seen him slide to six over. There will be no repeat of his Open heroics.


    From olipoole: "Re: 1927 - Unfortunately she's not letting on! She had no prior interest in golf... and she's not great at picking lottery numbers!"


    Trevor Immelman is dropping down the leaderboard very quickly now, after two bogeys on his opening three holes.


    Adam Scott birdies the third to also move to four under. There's quite a few waiting to make their move on McIlroy now. Poulter is setting the early pace though. He's well-positioned for another birdie on the sixth...

  164. 1929: 

    Geoff Ogilvy gains a shot on the sixth, but it's not an ideal start for Carl Pettersson. The Swede, who started the final round one shot behind McIlroy, pars the opening two holes. Justin Rose is looking solid, with five birdies on the first eight holes. A bogey on the fourth is the only blemish on his card as he moves to two under. Bo Van Pelt is quietly going about his business - moving to four under after two.

  165. 1927: 

    Come on Oli, don't tease us. Let us know who she has money on - and also the Euromillions numbers for next Friday night please. Is it McIlroy, because he has just birdied the par-five second? That should settle him down.


    From olipoole: "My girlfriend has cash on someone in the top 10, if she wins, she'll have predicted all the major winners this year. Unbelievable!"

  167. 1922: 

    A fantastic shot out of the rough at the second must surely boost Rory's confidence, who looks on course for his first birdie of the day.

  168. 1921: 

    Another man keen on the birdies today is American Jimmy Walker. He's got three out of four to move to four under - level with Peter Hanson who has hit two out of three birdies himself.

  169. 1919: 

    Wow, it's now five out of five for Ian Poulter - birdies that is. That grin is getting wider by the hole, he is relishing this and is now just one shot off the lead.

  170. 1918: 

    It doesn't look like Vijay can do 'an Ernie'. He is quickly dropping out of contention. There's fist-pumps and whoops of delight aplenty as Tiger staves off a potential bogey with a composed shot to par the third. He birdied the second and is three under.

  171. 1915: 

    So where could it all go wrong for Rory and the chasing pack? I can tell you that the 13th has proved particularly troublesome this week, with 44 double-bogeys and 93 of your 'regular' bogeys. The 17th is a bit demanding too...


    From Jukebox_Jack: "If McIlroy can keep his composure he will win. One slip, one dodgy shot, one missed par putt, and he can destroy himself. But cool, calm and collected could see him take this title home, and he would deserve it!"

  173. 1912: 

    Good work there Tommy but now you have told us that, all your mates will know who to come to for a pint later on if Rory can complete the job. It's bad news for G-Mac as he bogeys the fourth. That pulls him back to one under.


    From Tommy_Dwyers: "Got Rory at 20-1 before the competition started! COME ON!"

  175. 1911: 

    Ian Poulter is flying here, he is five under after four birdies on the trot - putting plenty of pressure on McIlroy. Padraig Harrington has recovered from a bogey on his opening hole to pull a shot back on the third. The Irishman is one under.

  176. 1907: 

    McIlroy parred his opening hole and is under way on the second. He led the field by eight shots heading into the final round in the 2011 US Open - and won. Can he hold his nerve again? It's so far so good, but I suspect an early birdie will send any lingering nerves packing.

  177. 1906: 

    Phil Mickelson has birdied the sixth, but he's only one under for the day. He's unlikely to trouble the leaders, he's level at the moment.

  178. 1903: 

    England's David Lynn has played some top golf this week, a lovely chip shot on the third moving him within a formality of a birdie. He gained a shot on the second, and is handily-placed on three under after finishing the job on the third.

  179. 1900: 

    All that early promise from Miguel Angel Jimenez, when he birdied the second and eagled the third, seems to have disappeared. He has undone all the good work with a double-bogey on the seventh.

  180. 1858: 

    That's agonising for Tiger on the second. His 15-footer almost lands him an eagle, but it falls just short. He finishes the job to get a birdie. The same fate also befalls Singh at the same hole.

  181. 1856: 

    A far from ideal start for South Africa's Trevor Immelman. He has bogeyed the first to drop down the leaderboard.

  182. 1854: 

    They are bunching up behind McIlroy on the leaderboard. Five players are three under, with seven a shot further back. Ian Poulter is in the zone, another birdie on the third hole taking him to four under.

  183. 1851: 

    McDowell moves to two under after a birdie on the second. He can't repeat the trick on the third though, a lack of pace on his putt seeing it fall just short.


    From julianbyrne: "Come on Poults, let's have a charge - looking like the Saint!"

  185. 1847: 

    Rory's going around with Carl Pettersson, who is four under. This guy is Mr Consistent and will pose some threat to Macca.


    From StevieGraham28: "I reckon the young guns will burn up under the spotlight just like in the Open. Vijay for the win for me."

  187. 1843: 

    There's a lot of love out on the first tee for Rory McIlroy - and rightly so. No matter what happens today, we know he will entertain us. He's just seconds away from beginning his glory bid for a second major.

  188. 1839: 

    John Daly is trying to roll back the years, dressed in a very colourful outfit. It's a case of 'when fancy dress goes bad' for him today. It's not much better on the course either. He bogeyed the fourth and double-bogeyed the sixth. He is four over now - and appears well out of the running.

  189. 1836: 

    Ian Poulter, going with the all-white look, birdies the second to go three under. Tiger, going for a birdie on the first, misses a 15-footer.

  190. 1833: 

    Rory McIlroy is looking relaxed as he prepares to begin his fourth round in about 15 minutes. He has to get off to a good start, because some of the big guns are waiting to capitalise on any mistakes that might come about with nerves. Woods, for one, looks like he fancies it today.

  191. 1828: 

    Geoff Ogilvy is also off to a fine start, after nailing an eagle at the second hole. There's a fast pace being set today, I wonder how they will all fare when it gets a bit more nerve-wracking on the final few holes.

  192. 1825: 

    Tiger Woods is about to tee off. He is going around with Peter Hanson and Vijay Singh this evening. Singh, who like myself enjoyed his glory days in the late nineties/early noughties, has dropped off the pace a little after flying out of the blocks. He won this competition in 1998 and 2004. His consistency could get him in the top 10 today.


    From MrSimonJWood: "Big night tonight gentlemen. Rory nicely poised."

  194. 1822: 

    There's going to be some low scores today, the wind has dropped and conditions are perfect. McDowell is now out there and has parred the first hole. A birdie for Ian Poulter on the same hole has got him off to a flying start. He's now tied in sixth on two under. Can he?

  195. 1819: 

    There is also the interesting sub-plot of Ryder Cup selection today, with some players still trying to secure selection for both sides ahead of the big clash at Medinah Country Club on 28-30 September. Who do you think needs to be on that plane for Europe and the USA. Let me know...

    Conor McNamara, BBC golf commentator

    On Twitter: "They say #pgachamp is 'Glory's Last Shot'. My early bid for tomorrow's best golf headline is 'Rory's Last Shot'."

  197. 1817: 

    Somebody else who is enjoying a bit of success on the final round is Miguel Angel Jimenez. Looking like a cross between Mick Hucknall and Gary Megson, he birdied the second and stroked an eagle at the third. He is also one under after four holes.

  198. 1815: 

    How are the rest of the UK boys doing, I hear you ask. Well, Graeme McDowell finished the third round one under, as did Jamie Donaldson, Ian Poulter and David Lynn. Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie have already started their fourth round, with some slight success. Rose, much to the delight of my colleague from Hampshire, has birdied his first three holes to move to one under. Lawrie birdied the first two, before parring the next four. It's worth noting players will be grouped in threes and go off both the first and 10th tees in the fourth round.

  199. 1811: 

    By the way, it's not just Tiger who might upset the leaders. There's a few crocodiles knocking about this scenic Ocean Course - and I saw one of them eating a snake for his dinner the other night. If ever there is reason to race around the course in double-quick time, and get to the 19th hole, it's the prospect of coming face-to-face with one of those monsters.


    From 85ramsey: "Rory McIlroy is going to win his second major tonight! The boy's on form."

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  201. 1809: 

    And don't rule out Tiger. He is stalking the field on two under, but has not had the best 24 hours after carding three bogeys in just seven holes before his round was curtailed by the weather on Saturday evening. However, he rolled in birdies on the 11th, 13th and 16th to get to three under before dropping a shot on the short 17th after failing to get up and down from a bunker.

  202. 1807: 

    A further shot back are Trevor Immelman, Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott. If the Aussie can come through and win, it would be a fantastic display of ability and mental strength after the way he imploded on the final day of The Open just a few weeks ago.

  203. 1805: 

    We're competing with the closing ceremony of the 'Greatest Show on Earth' tonight. And while I can't promise Take That or the Spice Girls, I can guarantee plenty of top-class sporting action. Sweden's Carl Pettersson has enjoyed an impressive few days in South Carolina, and he is sat on four under waiting to capitalise on any slip by Rory.

  204. 1802: 

    As ever, during these mighty fine sporting occasions, we like to hear from you. So drop us a tweet, via #bbcgolf, or text us on 81111. Let's be topical - what do you think about the introduction of golf to the next Olympic Games in Rio? Can Rory do it? If not, who will stop him? Get twexting - I believe that is now a term used by the cool kids, of which I am not one - and let me know.

  205. 1801: 

    Good news everyone, it might just happen because Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is three shots clear, on seven under, heading into the final round at Kiawah Island. He is back out at 1845 BST. Can he do it? Stick with us to find out.

  206. 1800: 

    Well Great Britain's Olympic gold rush is over for at least another four years, so what next? How about a UK winner in the final major of the year - the US PGA Championship?

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Rory McIlroy Magic McIlroy lands US PGA title

Rory McIlroy claims his second major with a stunning eight-shot victory in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.