Rory McIlroy wins US Open 2011 in Record fashion

June 19th, 2011 Posted by Admin under Golf with No Comments »

Rory McIlroy captured his first major championship in glorious fashion with a record-breaking win at the U.S. Open at 22 years, 46 days old and becomes the second youngest player to win a major since World War II.

Rory McIlroy remained in full control in the last round to win at 16-under 268 with 8 shot win over Jason Day in second shattering a U.S. Open scoring record held by four players, including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. McIlroy broke 12 records in this tournament. He became the third player in U.S. Open history to break 70 in all four rounds.

In search of his first major, McIlroy showed no signs of a collapse Sunday similar to the meltdown at the Masters, where he blew a four-stroke lead and shot 80.

Before this week, no player had even been lower than 12-under par at the U.S. Open. McIlroy got to 13 under on Friday, 14 under on Saturday and took that mark another three shots lower at one point Sunday.

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland needed to shoot 1-over 72 or better to break the 72-hole scoring record at the Open, held by four men, including Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

“As I’ve said before, I think he has probably the most talent I’ve ever seen from a golfer,” said Luke Donald, the top-ranked player in the world, after finishing at 5-over par. “Lovely to watch him play, such a fluid motion, and he hits it far.”

Said Phil Mickelson: “You can tell that Rory has had this type of talent in him for some time now, and to see him putting it together is pretty neat to see.” He finished with a 71 on Sunday that left him 7 over.

Source: ESPN

2011 U.S. Open Championship Leaderboard

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Rory McIlroy 65 66 68 69 -2 F -16 268
2 Jason Day 71 72 65 68 -3 F -8 276
T3 Kevin Chappell 76 67 69 66 -5 F -6 278
T3 Robert Garrigus 70 70 68 70 -1 F -6 278
T3 Lee Westwood 75 68 65 70 -1 F -6 278
T3 Y.E. Yang 68 69 70 71 E F -6 278
T7 Peter Hanson 72 71 69 67 -4 F -5 279
T7 Sergio Garcia 69 71 69 70 -1 F -5 279
T9 Charl Schwartzel 68 74 72 66 -5 F -4 280
T9 Louis Oosthuizen 69 73 71 67 -4 F -4 280
T11 Brandt Snedeker 70 70 72 69 -2 F -3 281
T11 Davis Love III 70 71 70 70 -1 F -3 281
T11 Heath Slocum 71 70 70 70 -1 F -3 281
T14 Graeme McDowell 70 74 69 69 -2 F -2 282
T14 Webb Simpson 75 71 66 70 -1 F -2 282
T14 Matt Kuchar 72 68 69 73 +2 F -2 282
T14 Fredrik Jacobson 74 69 66 73 +2 F -2 282
T14 Bo Van Pelt 76 67 68 71 E F -2 282
T19 Johan Edfors 70 72 74 67 -4 F -1 283
T19 Steve Stricker 75 69 69 70 -1 F -1 283
T21 Ryan Palmer 69 72 73 70 -1 F E 284
T21 Patrick Cantlay 75 67 70 72 +1 F E 284

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