Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the 2011 US Open Golf Championships in a stunning fashion. He led from start to finish and made several records on his way to winning his first Major Championship. McIlroy is the championship’s youngest winner since 1923. He finished the tournament at 16-under which beat the record held by Tiger Woods (12 under) in the 2000 U.S. Open. His lead was never threatened by any challenger in the last 3 rounds.
McIlroy was best remembered for his meltdown at the Masters. He held a 4 shot lead going to the final round only to limp with an 80 in the final round and out of contention. Now, the collapse is forgotten and is dubbed to be the next “Tiger Woods”. A lot of pundits are seeing him as a future World No.1 and someone who will contend if not dominate the Major tournaments. With his victory at the US Open, his ranking has climb to No.4.
Jason Day of Australia who happens to have Filipina mother finished 2nd. It is his second straight 2nd place finish in a major tournament this year. He now ranks 9th in the world after his US Open performance.
caloycomment: It is great to see younger and newer stars emerge in the Majors. I expect to see both players to contend in the years to come and I smell a rivalry that is bound to happen. Congratulations to McIlroy and Day!!!
- Rory McIlroy: Winning The U.S. Open (discovergolf.wordpress.com)
- Rory McIlroy Wins U.S. Open (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- 2011 U.S. Open Results: Rory McIlroy Rewrites The Record Books (sbnation.com)
- Filipino-Australian finishes 2nd (Manila Times)
- Jason Day interview (Pinoygolfer)
- Rory McIlroy Wins US Open, Sets Scoring Record (inquisitr.com)
- McIlroy’s next target – dueling with Tiger (reuters.com)