Rory McIlroy won his first career major Sunday, when he won the 2011 US Open in dominating fashion, finishing the tournament at sixteen under par, a full 8 stroke winner over Jason Day. Throughout the tournament, McIlroy was beyond impressive, and joins a select list of major winners who had an outright lead after every round. McIlroy shot a 2-under 69 with virtually no competition throughout, and successfully avenged his Masters meltdown. McIlroy shot the lowest ever score in the history of the 111 year old tournament, another record set in a masterful performance. McIlroy’s victory was the second straight US Open title from a Northern Irishman, with Graeme McDowell winning last year’s title. Redemption for McIlroy was sweet after his 80 in the final round at the Masters, leaving skeptics wondering if he could close out tournaments. Those skeptics should be silenced. The Northern Irishman goes to #4 in the world with the win. Rory McIlroy’s future in the game of golf certainly looks very sweet. Australian Jason Day and Korean Y.E. Yang played well in their own right, but McIlroy was in another world over the past 4 days. Immediately tapping in a short putt on 18 to win, McIlroy went over to his dad, Gerry, and father and son embraced. Happy Father’s Day.
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