With the light fading rapidly over the 18th green at Valhalla and three men battling for the Wanamaker Trophy, it was all business at the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville
Not after, though.
After falling off the pace at the par-3 14th, Rickie Fowler couldn’t stop the steam-rolling Rory McIlroy from capturing his third consecutive win, second PGA Championship and second consecutive major win. Intense rivalry aside, Fowler took to Twitter to sing McIlroy’s praises.
The response from McIlroy had golf fans cheering on the bromance.
Congrats to @McIlroyRory on some great golf as of late...let's keep having fun with it!— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) August 11, 2014
@RickieFowlerPGA your day is coming... And very soon! Great fight out there, let's hope for many more battles in the future!— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) August 11, 2014
.@McIlroyRory thanks man...many more battles for sure...at tourneys and home in Jup...enjoy the week off!— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowlerPGA) August 11, 2014
The two players, both 25, have been friendly rivals since they first met at the 2007 Walker Cup in Ireland, where Fowler's U.S. side got the better of McIlroy's UK and Ireland squad. While McIlroy has won four majors to Fowler's zero, Fowler has gotten the better of McIlroy on occasion. Fowler held off McIlroy down the stretch at the 2011 Korean Open for his first pro win and outdueled McIlroy when they were paired together on a rainy Saturday at the 2011 British Open. (Fowler finished the tournament T5; McIlroy was T25.)
With both McIlroy and Fowler building speed in their golf careers, but still taking a minute to acknowledge their respect for each other, viewers can expect golf to be a wildly entertaining ride in the coming years.