After numerous strong openings, that have been choked away during the final round (most notable, of course being his implosion on the back nine of the Masters, where he broke records for worst final round by a golfer who’d led the first three rounds), Rory McIlroy pulled it together to win the US Open while tying or breaking 12 better records.
He finished the tournament 16 shots below par, trumping Jack Nicklaus’ and Tiger woods’ record 14 under par wins. His runner up, Jason Day’s score would have won all but 2 of the previous Opens, and Rory doubled his. McIlroy beat the record for 2 rounds (131) and then again after three rounds (199), adding him to the list of only 3 golfers to have ever broken 70 in all four Open Rounds. The other two names are Lee Trevino in ’68 and Lee Janzen in ’93. He reached -17, setting another Open record, on the par 3 10th on the final round.
McIlroy became the youngest Open Champion since Bobby Jones won in 1923. This is causing everyone one to ask, “Is Rory McIlroy the next Tiger Woods?” Of course Rory is aware of the comparison, to which he has replied:
“Tiger has been the biggest thing for the game of golf ever. He brought golf to places in the world that other people just couldn’t do and he’s been huge for golf, McIlroy told the media after his win Sunday. “I don’t think I’ll ever be as big for the game as he is, or certainly was, for the last 15 years.”
Congrats Rory! You earned it!
What do you think Rock Heads? Can Rory McIlroy fill the void Tiger has left open?