Rory Mcllroy buried the memory of his most recent Masters near-win with a record victory at the US Open. The 22 year old ended the four days of competition, which he breezed through with polished and flawless shots, with a final 2-under-69, shattering US Open records with a combined score of 16 under par. The combined scores of the last 10 winners of the US Open were all 14 under par.
Jason Day trailed Mcllroy 8 shots behind. Day had a score of eight-under 276, which would have been enough to win him 26 of the last 30 US Opens.
“It’s just phenomenal golf,” Day said, awestruck. “He lapped the field, and for such a young age, how mature he is. Golf right now is in a really, good spot where Rory McElroy is right now.”
Two months ago Rory Mcllroy suffered one of the greatest defeats in his career when he shot 80 in the final round, which he got over quickly after a phone call to his father.
“I felt like I got over the Masters quickly. I kept telling you guys that, and I don’t know if you believed me or not. However, here you go,” McIlroy said after the match, gesturing to the shiny prize on the table. “Nice to prove some people wrong.”
He holed one of the most difficult putts in from the front of the 18th green before spotting his father. It was then that he smiled and, after tapping in for par, walked up to his father to greet his old man a happy Father’s Day.
This is the second consecutive US Open won by a player from Northern Ireland. Graeme McDowell won last year’s US Open. This time, he was beaming proudly as he walked up to Mcllroy.
'’You’re a legend,” the older player said.
Mcllroy goes up to no. 4 in world rankings with this victory and is ahead above everyone in the race to the final two majors left in the year