Final Round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional
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Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 69 to win the U.S. Open by eight strokes.
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McIlroy won his first major in style. The 22-year-old set or tied 12 U.S. Open records on his way to victory.
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After he tapped in on 18, McIlroy became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.
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"All I wanted to do was play golf when I was growing up," McIlroy said. "I wanted to become the best that I could be. I probably said back then, I want to try to become the best in the world. In some ways I'm on my way to trying to do that."
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McIlroy's father, Gerry, rushed out to greet his son after he finished. McIlroy simply wished him a happy Father's Day.
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Everywhere he walked on Sunday, McIlroy received huge ovations from the gallery, who turned out to watch his historic performance. "The support I got out there today was absolutely incredible," McIlroy said after his round.
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With an estimated 20,000 people surrounding the par-3 10th, McIlroy nearly made a hole-in-one. He tapped in for birdie to become the first player in U.S. Open history to reach 17 under.
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Ken Venturi, who won the U.S. Open at Congressional in 1964, chatted with McIlroy after the trophy presentation.
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Graeme McDowell won last year at Pebble Beach, and he waited by the 18th green to congratulate his countryman, who will be taking the U.S. Open trophy back to Northern Ireland. "Nothing this kid does ever surprises me," McDowell said of McIlroy. "He's the best player I've ever seen."
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Y.E. Yang was in the final pairing with McIlroy on Saturday and Sunday, but he couldn't put any pressure on the young superstar. "I think he's still growing, and it's just scary to think about it," Yang said.
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Jason Day went 65-68 on the weekend to finish in second place. Day also tied for second at the Masters.
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Sergio Garcia continued to play well after taking a break from the game last year. Garcia shot a 1-under 70 to finish tied for seventh.
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Lee Westwood recovered from a 75 on Thursday to tie for third place.
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Steve Stricker birdied five of the first 10 holes, but then he made two double bogeys on the back nine to finish with a 70.
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Louis Oosthuizen and fellow South African Charl Schwartzel, the Masters champ, tied for ninth.
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Davis Love III bogeyed 18, but the U.S. Ryder Cup captain still tied for 11th.
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Fredrik Jacobson started hot on the front nine, but he faded to a tie for 14th.
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Matt Kuchar tied for 14th, just missing out on his ninth top-10 finish of the season.
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Phil Mickelson shot a 71 to finish seven over for the event.
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He wasn't in contention, but Mickelson still drew a huge crowd on the 10th tee.
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