Rory McIlroy yesterday produced that rare sporting achievement – a win that made the front pages of the papers as well as the back.
Breaking all sorts of records in the process, the 22-year-old became the youngest golfer to win the US Open since 1923, and did it in amazing style, an incredible eight shots clear by the time he rolled in his final putt.
Bogeying just three and double-bogeying 1 of an incredibly challenging 72 holes, he finished on 16 under for the tournament, leaving his competitors in his wake, and leading the competition from start to finish.
It really felt like watching a new golfing dawn, with McIlroy making the same kind of impact that Tiger Woods enjoyed when he first burst onto the scene, and there’s no doubt in my mind that McIlroy, like Woods, will be inspiring young golfers to take up the game – he is the proof that with hard work and total dedication you can achieve anything.
At 22 he has his whole career ahead of him and could well go on to be one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen. And to do all of this just 70 days after his infamous last round at the Masters in Augusta, where he led the tournament for three days before choking on the last, showed that he has the mental strength to cope with that side of the game too.
I was proud to watch him dominate the final day at Congressional as he had dominated the previous three, check out the links below for highlights of his historic win.