December 12, 2017

Rory McIlroy wins US Open with record score

Rory McIlroy is all concentration at the US Open as his driver sneaks up behind him.

Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy has won the 111th US Open golf tournament by eight shots from Australian, Jason Day. His 16 under total was four shots better than the previous record for the US Open lowest winning held by Tiger Woods.

This was a sweet victory for McIlroy coming so soon after his melt down in the final round of the US Masters where he gave up a four shot lead.

At 22, McIlroy has became the youngest US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. McIlroy is also the fifth-straight non-American major-championship winner and he will move to fourth in the World Ranking.

“I think he has probably the most talent I’ve ever seen from a golfer,” said world No. 1 Luke Donald, who was never in contention and fired a 69 to finish five over par.

“Nothing this kid does ever surprises me,” said 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (69, two under total). “He’s the best player I’ve ever seen.”

Kevin Chappell shot a final-round 66 to join Robert Garrigus (70), Lee Westwood (70) and Y.E. Yang (71) in four-way tie for third place.

“He’s going to be the first Rory, not the next Tiger,” Miguel Angel Jimenez said as he left the club shortly before McIlroy teed off. “Tiger was Tiger. Nicklaus was Nicklaus. Palmer was Palmer. Rory is spontaneous, he’s happy with his life, and he’s going to rule the game of golf.”

US golfing fans (and players) must be getting a little nervous about the rest of the world’s domination of the game in recent times. There are a lot of very good steady players coming out of the US, but they are badly in need of ‘stars’ with personality and X-Factor talent.