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PGA president Ted Bishop managed to drop the lid as he presented the trophy, but McIlroy's lightning-quick reactions saw him catch it one handed

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Rory McIlroy mounted a final round fightback to secure his fourth major victory of his career and the second consecutively following his Open Championship success last month.

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US PGA Championship 2014: Phil Mickelson narrowly misses out on sixth major but secures US Ryder Cup spot

Mickelson mounted a superb last round challenge but was unable to stop Rory McIlroy from claiming back-to-back major victories

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