KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Rory McIlroy has put on another dominant display of golf, winning the 94th PGA Championship by a tournament record eight shots at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.
McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66, tied for the low round of the week, and finished 72 holes at 12 under par. David Lynn, an Englishman playing in just his second major championship, shot 68 and finished second. A four-player tie for third included Hopkinton High graduate Keegan Bradley, who closed his defense of last year's PGA win with a final-round 68. Justin Rose (66), Ian Poulter (69), and Carl Pettersson (72) were tied with Bradley.
The eight-shot margin of victory breaks the PGA record of seven, which had been held by Jack Nicklaus, who rolled to his fifth and final PGA in 1980 at Oak Hill Country Club.
4 p.m.: The final threesome has made the turn, and Rory McIlroy is still in front. He holds a two-shot lead at the 94th PGA Championship.
McIlroy isn't backing up any; he's played a bogey-free round so far with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, and 7, the easiest three holes on the front nine. Ian Poulter is 7 under on the day and is alone in second at 8 under through 11 holes. Carl Pettersson is another shot back, in third at 6 under.
Pettersson might feel like he should be 8 under, since he was given a two-stroke penalty after it was determined he moved a loose impediment while inside a hazard line on No. 1. He was informed of the rules committee's decision as he left the fourth tee -- turning his score on No. 1 from a par to a double bogey -- then promptly birdied the next three holes.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley has joined the mix, getting to 4 under for the final round and the tournament, which has him tied for fourth. Bradley is part of a six-player group that includes, among others, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.
2:15 p.m.: Final-round play is underway and Ian Poulter is the story so far. Poulter has played five holes and birdied them all, moving from 1 under to 6 under in about an hour, and suddenly within two of Rory McIlroy's lead in the 94th PGA Championship.
Poulter made pars on every hole this morning in the conclusion of his weather-delayed third round, but has yet to make one in his final round. McIlroy, who started with a three-shot lead on Carl Pettersson, birdied No. 2 and is 8 under.
Peter Hanson, Adam Scott, and Bo Van Pelt are tied for third with Pettersson, at 4 under. Tiger Woods also birdied the second hole and is tied for seventh at 3 under.
10:30 a.m.: Third-round play at the 94th PGA Championship has been completed, and Rory McIlroy will take a three-shot lead into the final round at the Ocean Course, looking to win his second major championship.
McIlroy and Vijay Singh were tied for the lead at 6 under par when play was suspended on Saturday because of bad weather. Under much calmer conditions this morning -- slight breeze, sun out, course still soft from the rain -- Singh failed to take advantage, shooting a back-nine 40 to fall to 2 under and into a tie for sixth. Tiger Woods is also in the group at 2 under, but he recovered over the final 11 holes of his third round, playing them in 2 under to get within striking distance.
Final-round play will be in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees, starting at 11:44 a.m. The final group of McIlroy, Carl Pettersson, and Bo Van Pelt will go off at 1:45 p.m.
How was McIlroy going to spend the break?
"I'm going to go back to bed. I didn't get enough sleep last night, so I'll go back and take a nap, get up, get showered, and sort of treat it like I'm just coming for the last round," he said. "It'll be nice to get back into bed for an hour or so."
McIlroy shot a third-round 67, same as his first-round score, but it was a round that could have been even lower. Once play resumed this morning, he missed three putts inside five feet that could have given him some separation. He made a bogey on No. 13 (no shame there, it's the hardest hole of the tournament), but answered with birdies at the 15th and 16th.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland will attempt to become the first player this year to turn a 54-hole lead at a major into a victory. Peter Hanson (Masters), Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell (US Open), and Adam Scott (British Open) failed to hold on, which should give those chasing McDowell reason for optimism. He also also failed to hold a four-shot lead in the final round at the 2011 Masters, but rectified that by blowing the field away at last year's US Open, winning by eight.
It's McIlroy's tournament to lose. But the Ocean Course requires precision and patience, and its closing holes should provide plenty of drama. Enjoy the final round.