August 14, 2012 9:37:00 AM BST

Rory McIlroy climbs back to World Number One

Audemars Piguet congratulates its Ambassador Rory McIlroy who claimed his second career Major title at the PGA Championship on Sunday August 12 in the US

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Audemars Piguet congratulates its Ambassador Rory McIlroy who claimed his second career Major title at the PGA Championship on Sunday August 12 in the US. The 23-year-old Northern Irish golf player who won his first Major at the US Open last year (June 2011) was able to return to world number one, a place that he traded three times with Luke Donald this year.

Rory McIlroy was tied for the lead when play was halted on Saturday due to thunderstorms on the demanding Ocean Course, the longest ever in a Major tournament. He needed to complete 27 holes on Sunday and closed out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes.

Rory McIlroy set a new record in a PGA Championship by winning with an eight-stroke margin, surpassing Jack Nicklaus's seven-stroke margin of victory at Oak Hill in 1980 and he becomes the youngest golfer to win two Majors since Spain's Seve Ballesteros in 1980. "I had a good feeling at the start, but I never imagined doing this. It means an awful lot to look at the names on that trophy and put mine alongside them" says Rory.

An Audemars Piguet Ambassador since July 2009, Rory possesses an exceptional technical mastery and attitude acknowledged from the beginning of his career in line with the Audemars Piguet spirit. Rory wears a Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph while lifting the trophy.