The U.S. Open: A Foregone Conclusion
In a move that surprised no one, Rory McIlroy claims his first major championship winning the U.S. Open at nearby Congressional with a final score of 16 under par as he went -2 Sunday. And how about this for heady company? His total of of 268 strokes breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 272 previously held by four players – Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Lee Janzen, 1993; Tiger Woods, 2000; Jim Furyk, 2003.
That wasn’t the only record he broke; to say there were several doesn’t quite cover it. Rory’s total of -16 breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open record for most strokes under par previously at 12-under held by Tiger Woods in 2000 at Pebble Beach. Want more Woods comparisons? At 22 years, 1 month, 15 days, Rory is the second-youngest player to win a major championship in the past 80 years behind Tiger, who was 21 years, 3 months, 15 days when he won the 1997 Masters.
Rory, who wasn’t threatened at any point, bested the rest of the field by a whopping eight shots. Second place went to Jason Day at -8 in the only thing that was close to actual competition. A handful of golfers were among the race for recond but Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang, Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus all tied for third at six under.
All four of Rory’s rounds were under par and he had barely a blemish on his scorecard not only in the final round but in the entire tournament. Rory bogeyed twice on Sunday and four times overall including a double bogey on Saturday. His second bogey in the fourth round was by way of a three putt; the first time he’d done that all week.
Much like fellow countryman and last year’s champion, Graeme McDowell, Rory was greeted by his father at the end of the final round to make it that much more of a memorable Father’s Day.