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Tiger-Esque McIlroy Cruises to US Open Title

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McIlroy the Toast of Golf World

McIlroy Heralds new Generation of Stars

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Tiger-Esque McIlroy Cruises to US Open Title

BETHESDA, June 20, 2011 (AFP) - Rory McIlroy captured his first major golf title in historic fashion on Sunday, turning the final round of the 111th US Open into a virtual victory lap on his way to an eight-stroke triumph.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland prodigy fired a two-under par 69 to finish 72 holes at Congressional Country Club on 16-under par 268, the lowest winning total in US Open history, and become the youngest US Open winner in 88 years.

"The whole week has been incredible," McIlroy said. "I couldn't ask for much more. I'm just happy to be holding this trophy."

The Ulsterman humbled course and rivals the same way 21-year-old Tiger Woods ripped apart Augusta National and overwhelmed the field in the 1997 Masters for the first of his 14 career major triumphs.

McIlroy became the youngest major winner since Woods at the 1997 Masters and the youngest US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.

"Heck of a performance," Woods said in a statement. "Congrats and well done. Enjoy it. This was an impressive performance."

Woods, mired in a 20-month win drought since his infamous sex scandal, missed the US Open with a left knee injury but his record-setting 15-shot romp at Pebble Beach at the 2000 US Open was in McIlroy's thoughts.

"Do I know how good Tiger was in 2000? I was going out there and trying to emulate him in some way," McIlroy said. "I was great for four days and I couldn't be happier about it."

Masters runner-up Jason Day of Australia was a distant second on 276. South Korean Yang Yong-Eun, England's Lee Westwood and Americans Robert Garrigus and Kevin Chappell shared third on 278 but none made a serious bid to deny McIlroy a wire-to-wire victory.

With earlier scores of 65, 66 and 68, McIlroy became only the third player in US Open history to complete four rounds in the 60s, matching Lee Janzen and Lee Trevino in achieving the feat.

McIlroy, who has led seven of the eight major rounds completed this year, began the day with an eight-stroke lead over final-group partner Yang and made the turn with the margin intact.

McIlroy, who shared third at last year's British Open and the past two PGA Championships, had squandered a four-stroke lead after 54 holes at the Masters two months ago, a woeful tee shot at the 10th leading to a triple bogey on his way to a final-round 80.

But when McIlroy came to Congressional's par-three 10th hole, with water in front of the green and bunkers in the back, he launched the ball safely onto the green and it rolled back inches from the cup to set up a tap-in birdie.

"I'm very happy with a two there any day," McIlroy said. "That was the point in the round where I felt it was mine to lose... I knew I had to do something pretty bad to lose it."

The birdie put McIlroy to 17-under, five-strokes lower to par than any player at any point in any US Open ever played, and all-but ended any notion McIlroy would repeat his nightmare back-nine from Augusta National.

"Augusta was a very valuable experience for me," McIlroy said. "I learned a few things about myself and my game and I put them into practice. I knew what I had to do to win."

Yang, the only man to deny Woods a major title when Woods led after 54 holes, birdied the sixth and ninth to keep what pressure he could upon McIlroy but could not crack McIlroy's resolve on the back nine.

Even when McIlroy missed a five-foot par putt at 12 for just his fourth dropped shot of the week, his second bogey after a double bogey on his 36th hole, Yang took a bogey at 15 to stay nine back.

McIlroy's first three-putt green of the week came on the 71st hole and cost him another bogey but the boy wonder parred the 18th with a tap-in and pumped his first with joy before celebrating with his father Gerry.

"Happy Father's Day dad," McIlroy said. "This is for you."

McIlroy's utter domination sparked comparisons with Woods, although the idea that a 14-time major champion might have been only the warm-up act for McIlroy's magnificence threatened to boggle the mind of the golf world.

"I think this kid is going to have a great career, no question about that," 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus said. "He plays very well. He had a couple disappointments. I didn't think that was going to happen again and it hasn't."

McIlroy, who jumps from eighth to fourth in the world rankings, became the 11th different winner in the past 11 majors and the eighth first-time major champion among the past nine major winners.

His triumph also marked the fifth major in a row without an American winner, the longest US major drought in history.

McIlroy followed countryman Graeme McDowell in hoisting the US Open trophy.

"For such a small nation to win two US Opens in a row is pretty special," McIlroy said. "There will be a lot of pints of Guinness going down. I know a few of my friends will be out partying. I can't wait to join them."

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From Holywood to Hero, McIlroy Strikes

BETHESDA, June 19, 2011 (AFP) - For those in the know from his earliest years in Holywood outside Belfast, it was just a matter of time before Rory McIlroy joined the ranks of major winners in golf.

Like Tiger Woods, he was a child prodigy.

Young McIlroy hit a 40-yard drive at the age of two and entertained visitors by repeatedly chipping balls from the end of his parents' hallway into the drum of their washing machine.

On Sunday at Congressional Golf Club, a haven for stressed-out US presidents and lawmakers, the 22-year-old Ulsterman completed one of the finest victories in the long history of golf's four majors.

He led from wire-to-wire to capture the US Open by eight strokes, in what many believe will be the first of a string of major titles and the start of a new era in the sport.

Once again, he is being compared to Woods, whose first major win came at the 1997 Masters when, as a 22-year-old like McIlroy, he romped away from the best golfers on the planet to win by seven strokes.

If anyone knows McIlroy well as a player and a person it is Graeme McDowell, a fellow Ulsterman and regular Ryder Cup partner who McIlroy succeeded as US Open champion here.

"For any kids sitting watching at home right now, he's playing golf the way it should be played, as far as his attitude and just the way he carries himself," he said.

"He's going to be a great ambassador for the sport. Will he achieve what Tiger was doing around 2000, 15 major championships to date or whatever he's got? Can he be that good? Yeah. He's got that potential.

Born in the small County Down coastal town of Holywood to an Ulster Catholic family, McIlroy's parents, Gerry and Rosie, quickly recognized that he had a natural talent for the game of golf and they sacrificed time and money to help him realise his potential.

The results were immediate and their boy was crowned world junior champion at the age of 10 in San Diego and by the time he was 16 he was ranked the top amateur in the world.

But it was in 2007 that he first exploded onto the international stage with an eye-catching performance as an 18-year-old at the 2007 Carnoustie British Open.

Playing in cold, windy conditions on one of the tougest courses on the Open schedule, the tousel-haired youngster came in with a three-under 68, the only player not to shoot a bogey that day.

He eventually finished tied for 42nd, but won the silver medal rewarding the top amateur and shortly after that he turned pro,

McIlroy quickly made his mark. Of medium build and not particulartly muscular, McIlroy possessed a purity of swing, allied to a bristling self-confidence that marked him out from the others.

He won his first European Tour event at the Dubai Desert Classic on February 1, 2009 which took him to 16th in the world rankings.

Mark O'Meara, who played with him on that occasion was moved to comment: "Ball-striking wise at 19, he's probably better than Tiger was at 19. His technique, I think, is better."

McIlroy also started to make his mark on the US PGA circuit and in May 2010 he recorded his first win on US soil by firing a final-round course record of 62 to take the Quail Hollow Championship.

But it was at the majors that he needed to shine most and with Tiger Woods hobbled by injuries and a sex scandal, the sport was badly in need of a new superstar.

McIlroy looked the part but at 21 he was barely out of the apprentice stage and he made headlines for collapses while leading at the 2010 British Open at St Andrews and at this year's Masters.

In the latter case, he led by four strokes entering the final round and by one with just nine holes to go but a hooked drive on the 10th triggered an alarming meltdown as he came in with an 80.

Rather then brood on that, McIlroy took advice and turned up at Congressional determined to play his style of golf and have no second thoughts clogging his decision-making.

The result has been spectacular for all to see and, injuries and personal motivation allowing, he looks set to be a factor at the top for the next quarter of a century.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, for one, likes McIlroy's chances of being the one, instead of Woods, to pass the majors-record mark of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.

"If you’re going to talk about someone challenging Jack’s record, he's your man," Harrington said. "When you are winning majors at 22, with his talent, and he’s got 20-something more years to play majors, and another 100 majors in him, I would give him a great chance to catch Jack."

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McIlroy the Toast of Golf World

BETHESDA, June 20, 2011 (AFP) - For the moment at least it's a case of "Rory Rules" in world golf and his rivals can only stand back and admire.

Rory McIlroy's eight-stroke win at the US Open on Sunday has sent shockwaves through a game still licking its wounds from the humbling of the dominant figure for the last 15 years, Tiger Woods.

Leading the praise was fellow Ulsterman and close friend Graeme McDowell, with whom McIlroy has formed a deadly Ryder Cup partnership.

"Nothing this kid does ever surprises me. He's the best player I've ever seen," said McDowell, who was the defending champion here at Congressional Country Club.

"I didn't have a chance to play with Tiger when he was in his real pomp, but this guy is the best I've ever seen, simple as that.

"He's great for golf. He's a breath of fresh air for the game and perhaps we're ready for golf's next superstar and maybe Rory is it."

Also in the McIlroy fan club is Steve Stricker, the top ranking American in the world rankings and, at 44, twice the age of the precocious Ulsterman.

"He's got the world in front of him," he said.

"I think fundamentally he's as good as we've seen ever in my era, take Tiger Woods out of it.

"When Tiger was going well, that's as good as I've ever seen. I think Rory is in that same boat.

"His swing is mechanically sound, and he's got a great short game and he putts it well, and he's long. So he's got all the tools. So it's pretty impressive."

McIlroy's sublime form will have been closley noted by one of his last-round rivals, Davis Love, who will captain the US team next year when they try to recover the Ryder Cup from rampant Europe.

The 47-year-old American, who turned pro four years before McIlroy was born, commented: "He is an incredible talent.

"We've all known it from a young age. He's obviously got the ability to win anytime."

There was also praise for the way that, in so short a space of time, McIlroy had been able to banish the nightmare memory of what happened to him at Augusta National in April.

On that occasion, he carried an eight shots led into the final round of the Masters, but his game fell apart and after shooting a dismal 80 he finished in a tie for 15th place.

The main benificiary of that shocking collapse was South Africa's Charl Scwartzel, who won the Masters, and he was impressed with the Irishman's reaction.

"He put it behind him very quickly," he said.

"I think you guys (media) sort of took it a bit further and tried to see why, and he just said, well, it happened, and he sort of got on with it a lot quicker, which for him was very good, and the results are showing."

There remains to be seen the question of how the personable and easy-going McIlroy will handle all the attention and adulation that will be headed his way, heedful of the traps that Woods fell into.

Fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington, who blazed a trail for European golf with his three major wins in 13 months in 2007-08, believes it will not be a problem.

"You know what, I think he's well placed," the 39-year-old Dubliner said.

"I think he's in a slightly different situation to me. He's 22 years of age, and this is indeed his destiny.

"So I think he's well prepared for it. I think he's got very good balance in his life, so I don't think this is going to be too Earth-shattering for him."

World No.1 Luke Donald, who got to know McIlroy well as a Ryder Cup teammate last year, agreed.

"He comes from a background where his parents gave up a lot for him to do what he's doing and I think he still knows where he came from and appreciates that," Donald said. "He's very good with the fans and it's very good for the game."

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McIlroy Heralds new Generation of Stars

BETHESDA, June 20, 2011 (AFP) - Rory McIlroy's historic romp to the US Open title on Sunday served notice that a new generation of 20-something golf stars is ready to seize control of major titles from their boyhood idols.

McIlroy fired a record 16-under par 268 over 72 holes at Congressional Country Club to win his first major title by eight strokes, a wire-to-wire triumph that made him the youngest US Open champion in 88 years.

"To sit here at 22 years old as a major champion, it's a very nice feeling, and I'm sure it will take a little bit of time to sink in," McIlroy said. "It's just fantastic."

The Northern Ireland boy wonder joins 26-year-old Masters winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and 23-year-old Australian Jason Day, the Masters and US Open runner-up, as the vanguard of a new set of rapid-firing young guns.

"I think we are (seeing a changing of the guard). It's great to see," said Schwartzel. "There are really exciting golfers coming up and the guys are playing well."

Add reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and 2010 PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer of Germany and the past four majors have all been won by players in their 20s.

"These are all young guys breaking through and winning majors," McIlroy said. "I think it's a great time for golf and it's great to see all these guys breaking through."

Like it or not, Day said, the poster boy for a new generation of golf is McIlroy after his Tiger Woods-like rout of a world-class field.

"If we wanted an ambassador for golf for the next generation, he'd be one of the guys," Day said. "He has had so much success in a short period of time. He's very level-headed. He's a very humble kid.

"Golf is in a really good spot where Rory McIlroy is right now."

As the game has grown worldwide, many youth influenced by the run of 14 majors titles from Woods that began with his triumph at age 21 in the 1987 Masters have grown into young manhood and become top talents themselves.

"Each country has their own rising star coming up," Day said. "This is the start of it and obviously Rory is leading it.

"There is a bunch of other great golfers out there that obviously we need to work a little harder to get to the level of Rory. But we really are going to start a new generation and it's really fun. I think it's great for golf."

McIlroy paid special praise to Day, relating to the frustration of near misses after third-place efforts at the past two PGA Championships, last year's US Open and a blown four-stroke lead after 54 holes at this year's Masters.

"Jason has played fantastically," McIlroy said. "I said to him on the 18th green during the prize ceremony that he's very close. To be doing what he's doing so early is fantastic. I'm sure he'll put himself in positions to win major championships. I'm sure one day that he'll breakthrough as well."

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion from Northern Ireland, sees McIlroy as the perfect role model for young golfers of tomorrow.

"His maturity level (is great) for a 22-year-old," McDowell said. "For any kids sitting watching at home right now, he's playing golf the way it should be played, as far as his attitude and just the way he carries himself."

As South Korean Yang Yong-Eun saw up close by playing with McIlroy in each of the last two rounds, the young Ulsterman is in top form. Yang's fear is that despite shattering a dozen US Open records, McIlroy's best is yet to come.

"My impression is that he hasn't primed yet. There's still a lot more for him to grow on," Yang said. "He's got a great basis most players would dream of and his composure, his play, his strength, his strategy and his focus -- I think he's still growing and it's just scary to think about it."

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Golden Bear has Golden Touch With new Stars

BETHESDA, June 20, 2011 (AFP) - Jack Nicklaus won the last of his record 18 major titles at the 1986 Masters but the influence of the "Golden Bear" has played a role in victories by two young stars in this year's majors.

Both Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old Ulsterman who won the US Open on Sunday, and 26-year-old Masters winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa went to Nicklaus for advice and watched it pay off with breakthrough major triumphs.

Nicklaus marveled at McIlroy's eight-stroke victory at Congressional Country Club, where he set a US Open record-low winning total of 16-under par 268 in a wire-to-wire romp.

"I think this kid is going to have a great career, no question about that," Nicklaus said. "He has got all the components and he has got a lot of people rooting for him. He plays very well."

McIlroy is four months younger than Nicklaus when Nicklaus won his first major.

"He's ahead of my pace," Nicklaus said. "His score is way ahead of my pace."

Ireland's Padraig Harrington likes the Northern Irish boy wonder's chances of passing Nicklaus in major wins before he's through.

"If you’re going to talk about someone challenging Jack’s record, he's your man," Harrington said. "When you are winning majors at 22, with his talent, and he’s got 20-something more years to play majors, and another 100 majors in him, I would give him a great chance to catch Jack."

McIlroy sought out advice from Nicklaus at the US PGA Memorial event he hosts two weeks before the US Open, especially after blowing a four-stroke lead in the Masters final round to squander a green jacket that Schwartzel won.

"He had a couple of disappointments. I didn't think that was going to happen again and it hasn't," Nicklaus said.

"I didn't really give him any advice. I said I hoped he learned from (Augusta). Down the stretch, we've all had that happen and we've all learned from it.

"He said he felt like he had learned from it and I said, 'Make sure you did. You have got to remember what you want to do when you get out there and go do it.'

"He understood. He wants to learn and he wants to get better. When you have young people who want to do that, you want to follow their career and support them."

McIlroy said Nicklaus made it clear that wallowing in misery over a missed Masters was unacceptable.

"He just said he would kick my backside, but that was about it," McIlroy said. "He just sort of said to me, there's going to be a lot of pressure on you, but you've got to put a lot of pressure on yourself early. That's what he always did. He always put a lot of pressure on himself to do well."

Nicklaus likes McIlroy's confident attitude as well as his fluid swing motion.

"He's a little cock-sure about himself. I like that about a guy," Nicklaus said. "He's just a great guy. His rhythm is so beautiful. His tempo is fine. He doesn't try to kill it."

Nicklaus, who retired at St. Andrews in 2005 with six Masters triumphs and 73 titles overall, spoke to Schwartzel ahead of Augusta National this year.

"He took me through every single hole the way he used to play it when he played. You can't get much better than that," Schwartzel said at the time.

"We were having lunch, We started talking about hunting and he took me through the way he played 18 holes at Augusta.

"He just told me that some flags we used to go for and just ones he never went for and some lines he used to hit it on."

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Irish Eyes Smiling as Golf Stars win

BETHESDA, June 20, 2011 (AFP) - Irish wins in the majors up until 2007 - one. Irish wins in the majors since then - five.

Clear evidence that the Emerald Isle has discovered the secret behind golfing greatness in recent years.

That lonely Irish win in the entire 20th century was down to the efforts of Fred Daly from Northern Ireland, who captured the British Open at Hoylake in 1947.

It proved to be a long wait to find a successor to him, but when it finally came in 2007, it blazed a trail.

Dubliner Padraig Harrington was the man who broke through, defeating Sergio Garcia in a knife-edge playoff for the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007.

A year later he defended that title and then the following month, he became the first European golfer to win the PGA Championship.

The door was open and it was Graeme McDowell, from Portrush in Northern Ireland, who was the next to taste major glory at last year's US Open played over Pebble Beach in California.

That win inspired his close friend, and Ryder Cup partner, Rory McIlroy, who on Sunday kept the trophy in Northern Ireland for another year.

Asked what was behind this remarkable emergence of Irish golf, McDowell believes the sport lies deep in the soul of the Irish people.

"Ireland is a very small place. People love their golf in Ireland. They are very proud of their golfers in Ireland, and we continue to produce great players," he said.

"Through the years - what Harrington did a few years back - people just couldn't believe it.

"And for me to win the US Open last year, it was just met with an unbelievable reception, and now we've got the US Open trophy coming back to Northern Ireland again."

McIlroy agrees that the snowball effect of first Harrington and then McDowell were one of the key factors in his winning his first major at Congressional County Club.

But he also paid tribute to the far-sightedness of the golfing authorities in Ireland.

"I think it starts with the people. I think golf is very accessible back home. There's obviously a lot of great golf courses," he said, echoing McDowell.

"And a big help to me growing up was the Golfing Union of Ireland and the help that they gave me throughout my junior career and amateur career, enabling me to go and play in different places in the world, learn about different conditions, different cultures, which really prepared me for coming out on tour."

Harrington said that competition back home was crucial to producing champion golfers "right from the age of 18 all the way up.

"A lot of other European countries are sending their amateurs to our big tournaments now because they realize that we consistently produce competitors," he said.

"We're a tiny country, tiny number of players, but there's just a lot of competition."

The ramifications outside the narrow confines of golf are also important, according to McDowell, bearing in mind the years of sectarian strife that have bedevilled the island.

"Golf is a sport in Ireland which crosses the border," he said.

"All the trouble we've had there the last three, four decades, golf and sport really bridges that gap.

"People north and south of the border in Ireland are really proud of what golfers are doing and we're so proud of our golfers back home."

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US Open Final-Round Score

BETHESDA, June 19, 2011 (AFP) - Collated scores during Sunday's final round of the 111th US Open golf championship at par-71 Congressional Country Club:

268 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) 65-66-68-69

276 - Jason Day (AUS) 71-72-65-68

278 - Kevin Chappell (USA) 76-67-69-66, Robert Garrigus (USA) 70-70-68-70, Lee Westwood (ENG) 75-68-65-70, Yang Yong-Eun (KOR) 68-69-70-71

279 - Peter Hanson (SWE) 72-71-69-67, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-71-69-70

280 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68-74-72-66, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 69-73-71-67

281 - Brandt Snedeker (RSA) 70-70-72-69, Heath Slocum (USA) 71-70-70-70, Davis Love (USA) 70-71-70-70

282 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 70-74-69-69, Bo Van Pelt (USA) 76-67-68-71, Matt Kuchar (USA) 72-68-69-73, Fredrik Jacobson (USA) 74-69-66-73

283 - Johan Edfors (SWE) 70-72-74-67, Steve Stricker (USA) 75-69-69-70

284 - Ryan Palmer (USA) 69-72-73-70, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 75-67-70-72

285 - Robert Rock (ENG) 70-71-76-68, Gary Woodland (USA) 73-71-73-68, Retief Goosen (RSA) 73-73-71-68, Dustin Johnson (USA) 75-71-69-70, Bill Haas (USA) 73-73-68-71, Brandt Jobe (USA) 71-70-70-74, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 70-72-69-74

286 - Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 74-70-74-68, Gregory Havret (FRA) 77-69-71-69, Noh Seung-Yul (KOR) 72-70-73-71, Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 72-73-70-71, John Senden (AUS) 70-72-72-72, Kim Do-Hoon (KOR) 73-71-70-72, Harrison Frazar (USA) 72-73-68-73, Zach Johnson (USA) 71-69-72-74, Kim Kyung-Tae (KOR) 69-72-69-76

287 - Adam Hadwin (CAN) 75-71-73-68, Martin Kaymer (GER) 74-70-72-71, Kang Sung-Hoon (KOR) 74-72-70-71

288 - Bae Sang-Moon (KOR) 75-71-75-67, Lucas Glover (USA) 76-69-73-70, Russell Henley (USA) 73-69-71-75

289 - Luke Donald (ENG) 74-72-74-69, Charley Hoffman (USA) 71-74-75-69, Michael Putnam (USA) 74-71-73-71, Chez Reavie (USA) 70-75-72-72, Robert Karlsson (SWE) 79-67-71-72, Padraig Harrington (IRL) 71-73-72-73

290 - Scott Piercy (USA) 73-71-76-70, Alexander Noren (SWE) 75-67-74-74, Marc Leishman (USA) 73-69-72-761

291 - Todd Hamilton (USA) 73-72-77-69, J.J. Henry (USA) 72-73-76-70, Anthony Kim (USA) 74-72-75-70, Phil Mickelson (USA) 74-69-77-71, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 74-72-73-72, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 74-70-74-73, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 70-71-72-78

292 - Justin Hicks (USA) 74-71-76-71, Marcel Siem (GER) 79-66-74-73

293 - Bubba Watson (USA) 71-75-74-73, Brian Gay (USA) 73-71-74-75, Jeff Overton (USA) 72-72-74-75, Bud Cauley (USA) 71-72-74-76

295 - Kevin Streelman (USA) 73-73-74-75

297 - Alexandre Rocha (BRA) 69-76-76-76, Christo Greyling (RSA) 72-74-75-76, Kenichi Kuboya (JPN) 73-73-74-77

303 - Wes Hefferman (CAN) 75-71-79-78

305 - Brad Benjamin (USA) 72-73-80-80

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Factfile on US Open Winner Rory McIlroy

BETHESDA, June 19, 2011 (AFP) - Factfile on US Open winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland:

Born - May 4, 1989

Age - 22

Place of Birth - Holywood, Northern Ireland

Height - 5'9" (1.75m)

Weight - 160 lbs (73 kgs)

Home - Holywood, Northern Ireland

Turned pro - 2007

Joined European Tour - 2008

Joined US PGA Tour - 2010

European Tour wins - 2

US PGA Tour wins - 2

Major wins - 1 (2011 US Open)

Ryder Cup (Europe) - 2010 (winners)

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Last 15 Winners of the US Open

BETHESDA, June 19, 2011 (AFP) - The last 15 winners of the US Open following Rory McIlroy's victory at the Congressional Country Club here on Sunday:-

2011 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) at Congressional

2010 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) at Pebble Beach

2009 - Lucas Glover (USA) at Bethpage Black

2008 - Tiger Woods (USA) at Torrey Pines

2007 - Angel Cabrera (ARG) at Oakmont

2006 - Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) at Winged Foot

2005 - Michael Campbell (NZL) at Pinehurst

2004 - Retief Goosen (RSA) at Shinnecock Hills

2003 - Jim Furyk (USA) at Olympia Fields

2002 - Tiger Woods (USA) at Bethpage Black

2001 - Retief Goosen (RSA) at Southern Hills

2000 - Tiger Woods (USA) at Pebble Beach

1999 - Payne Stewart (USA) at Pinehurst

1998 - Lee Janzen (USA) at Olympic Club

1997 - Ernie Els (RSA) at Congressional

Last 10 major winners

Rory McIlroy's US Open triumph at the Congressional Country Club here on Sunday means that the last 10 majors have produced 10 different winners.

Eight of these were first time winners in major tournaments and in all they came from six different countries

2009 - Masters: Angel Cabrera (ARG)

2009 - US Open: Lucas Glover (USA)

2009 - British Open: Stewart Cink (USA)

2009 - USPGA: Yang Yong-Eun (KOR)

2010 - Masters: Phil Mickelson (USA)

2010 - US Open: Graeme McDowell (NIR)

2010 - British Open: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

2010 - USPGA: Martin Kaymer (GER)

2011 - Masters: Charl Schwartzel (RSA)

2011 - US Open: Rory McIlroy (NIR)

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