Waterfront Properties Congratulates PGA Championship Pros from Palm Beach County, Fla.

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Rory McIlroy, a member of The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, dominates the tournament and wins a second major.

Rory McIlroy hoists the Wanamaker Trophy.

Palm Beach County has joined the ranks of cities such as Orlando and Las Vegas as a golf capital of the United States and has seen several PGA Tour pros buying homes in the area.

The Bear’s Club is a high-profile golf-course development where Waterfront Properties and Club Communities lists estate-style homes for sale in Jupiter. It also is the home course of PGA Championship Tour winner Rory McIlroy, who landed his second major in as many years during the 2012 installment of the tournament in Kiawah Island, S.C.

In 2011, McIlroy, who regularly practices on the award-winning, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, won his first major at the U.S. Open. He also won the 41st annual Honda Classic, a legendary event that takes place every February at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

The 23-year-old Irishman secured the massive Wanamaker Trophy by shooting a 13 under par and finishing flawlessly with a final-round score of 66.

McIlroy has called The Bear’s Club his home course for most of 2012, and Luke Donald and Dustin Johnson have joined him as members. Donald, 34, came in 32nd place at the PGA Championship at two over par. His final-round score was 66, and he tied John Senden, Greg Chalmers and Bill Haas. Johnson, 28, tied Paul Lawrie, Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn, Retief Goosen and Scott Piercy for 48th place, shooting a five over par and a final round of 70.

A handful of other golfers own real estate in Jupiter, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Palm City are to be congratulated by Waterfront Properties.

Keegan Bradley, 26, of Jupiter, tied for third place with a four under par and a final-round score of 68. Bradley tied Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Carl Pettersson.

Tiger Woods, 36, of Jupiter Island, came in at two under par with a final-round score of 72. Woods tied Ben Curtis, Bubba Watson, Tim Clark, Geoff Ogilvy, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott for 11th place.

Fredrick Jacobson, of Hobe Sound, came in 36th place, finishing at three over par with a 72 in the final round. The 37-year-old tied Rich Beem, Phil Mickelson, Y.E. Yang, Marcel Siem and Vijay Singh.

Els, a beloved resident of Jupiter who is building a Palm Beach County school for autistic children, finished at five over par and shot a 73 in the final round. The 42 year old most recently won the 141st Open Championship.

Tied for 62nd place was Ken Duke, 43, of Palm City in Martin County. Duke shot a nine over and finished with a final-round score of 74. He tied Chez Reavie and George McNeill.

Palm Beach County has joined the ranks of cities such as Orlando and Las Vegas as a golf capital of the United States and has seen several PGA Tour pros buying homes in the area.

For information about buying homes in the area, call one of Waterfront Properties sales agents at 561-746-7272. The Jupiter-based company’s agents specialize in upscale neighborhoods and list BallenIsles homes for sale, real estate in North Palm Beach and seaside condominiums.

Waterfront Properties is a licensed brokerage that has been helping clients with their housing needs for more than 30 years. Managing Partner Rob Thomson was named the No. 4 agent in Florida for 2012.

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