I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day and enjoyed enough golf to last them until next weekend. I know one dad who had an extra special day: Gerry McIlroy. A pretty good present being able to watching his son win his first major at the U.S. Open. At only 22 this Northern Irishman dominated a field of veterans golfers and broke records while doing so. The U.S. Open is claimed to be the hardest major tournament to win but Rory made it look easy (well if I had his swing i’m sure I would too). With the Masters mishap behind him, he found four days of flawless golf.
Finishing 16 under par at 268 he broke the U.S. Open record by four shots. The record was set by Tiger Woods at 12 under at Pebble Beach. Winning by 8 shots over Jason Day (his second 2nd place in this year’s majors). McIlroy is the second youngest major champion to win since Bobby Jones in 1923.
The second year in a row a Northern Irishman has won, last year Graeme McDowell took home the trophy. Now being compared to the next Tiger Woods because of his drive and confidence on the course and of course all at such a young age. I don’t like comparing different athletes yes, they have some similarities winning the US Open at the same age and dominating the field but that’s where I see the similarities end. All in all, great tournament to watch and I was extremely happy to see Rory finish on such a great note at the end.