McIlroy wins PGA Championship


McIlroy wins PGA Championship

KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (AP) -- Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Championship, routing the field by a record eight strokes Sunday for his second major title.

Right down to his red shirt, 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.

David Lynn, a 38-year-old from England who was playing in America for the first time, won the B-flight. He closed with a 68 and was the runner-up.

Woods, who shared the 36-hole lead for the second time this year in a major, was never a serious factor. He tossed away his chances Saturday before the storm blew in and never could get closer than four shots. He closed with a 72. For the first time in his career failed to break par in a major on the weekend.

If there was a signature shot for McIlroy at Kiawah Island, it might have been on Saturday when his tee shot lodged into a tree on the third hole. He only found it with help from the TV crew, took his penalty shot and fired a wedge into 6 feet to save par. He was on his way, and he never let up.

McIlroy also won the U.S. Open by eight shots, the kind of dominance that Woods has displayed over so many years.

By winning the PGA Championship, he is halfway home to the career Grand Slam.

"It was a great round of golf. I'm speechless," said McIlroy after hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy, the heaviest of the four majors. "It's just been incredible. I had a good feeling about it at the start. I never imagined to do this."

Winning the final major the year ends what had been a tumultuous season for McIlroy. Despite winning the Honda Classic in early March, he went into a tail spin by missing four cuts over five tournaments, as questions swirled that his romance with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his game.

Instead, McIlroy put a big hurt on the strongest field of the year.

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Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy

Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy

The Caps are going outside again.

They'll host the Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN on Saturday night. Alex Ovechkin and Co. eliminated Auston Matthews and the upstart Leafs in the first round of the playoffs last month. 

Navy's stadium seats 34,000.

The game will be Washington’s third outdoor contest in the last seven years. The Caps have played in the Winter Classic twice, defeating the Penguins in 2011 at Heinz Field and the Blackhawks in 2015 at Nationals Park.

Next year's game—which has been rumored for months—will be the first outdoor game played at a U.S. service academy. It’s also one of at least three outdoor games set for next season: the Senators will host the Canadiens in the NHL100 Classic at TD Place Stadium on Dec. 16 and the Rangers will face the Sabres in the Winter Classic at Citi Field on New Year’s Day.

NHL Network announced on Saturday that the league would announce a game at Navy on Monday. The Washington Post and Associated Press first reported the teams involved and date of the game.

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Report: A new deal between the Caps and T.J. Oshie is 'all but done'

Report: A new deal between the Caps and T.J. Oshie is 'all but done'

One of the biggest question marks of the offseason for the Capitals may have already been answered. Capitals winger T.J. Oshie was set to become one of if not the biggest free agent on the market this summer, but according to one report, it looks as if he is staying put in Washington.

In an appearance on the "Two Man Advantage" show on NHL Network Radio, Sportsnet reporter John Shannon said Saturday a deal between the Caps and Oshie was "all but done."

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Oshie enjoyed a career year as he surpassed the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. With 33 goals, Oshie tied Alex Ovechkin for the team lead despite the fact that he missed 14 games due to injury. He would have been a highly sought-after free agent, but Oshie made it clear he wanted to remain in Washington.

“This group of guys, organization, coaches. It’s been a great fit for me," Oshie said at the Caps' breakdown day. "It’s been a great fit for my family. So, I’d like to come back here.”

Now we will have to wait and see just what it will cost.

As one of the top free agents, Oshie would have commanded a huge contract on the open market. Even if he was willing to take a discount, retaining Oshie likely will not have come cheap. Depending on just how much it cost, it may not leave much room for the Caps to work with this offseason.

Oshie will most likely be the Caps' biggest signing of the summer. Considering how good he has been over the past two seasons, however, you won't hear much complaining out of Washington.

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