Rory McIlroy emulated the feats of his fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell 12 months ago when he won the 2011 US open.
In a record breaking tournament, the Hollywood native became the youngest US champion since 1923 on his way to the lowest total in an US open.
Not since Tiger Woods in 2000 has one player dominated a tournament so convincingly with a final round of 69 burying the ghost of the Masters to take the trophy by 8 shots.
Y.E Yang had started the day in second place but couldn’t hold on and instead Australian Jason Day, runner’s up at the Master, claimed second place.
A measure of McIlroy’s dominance this week is the fact that Day’s 8 under total would have won 49 of the last 50 tournaments.
But the day and week belonged to McIlroy, who has become a firm favourite with the American audience’s.
The Northern Irish man confidence would not only have benefitted from his scintillating golf but also from the chants of “Come on Rory” from the home crowd who followed him around Congressional over the 4 days.
Rounds of 65, 66 and 69 took him to a record breaking 14 under and he kept his cool on the final day to record birdies on the 1st, 4th 10th and 17th with bogeys on the 12th and 17th, his only 3 putt of the week, taking him to 2 under for the day and 16 under for the tournament.
McIlroy along with Robert Garrigus, who tied for third and achieved worldwide fame thanks in no part to his miniature putter, were the only two players to play all four rounds of golf under par, a feat that has only occurred 4 times in the past.
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