2011 US Open Golf Championship
Rory McIlroy ensured a Northern Irishman took the US Open crown for the second successive year as the young Ulsterman followed up Graeme McDowell's success in 2010. McIlroy broke plenty of records on his way to the title as he finished a tournament record 16 under par and eight shots clear of Australian Jason Day.
Furthermore, McIlroy became the youngest major winner since Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997 and the youngest US Open champion in the post-war era.
The latest results and round-by-round reviews for the 111th US Open in 2011 will appear here as soon as the tournament is underway......
McIlroy started where he meaned to stay at Congressional as the Northern Irishman fired a stunning opening round 65 to move three shots clear of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and YE Yang.
It was still tight at this stage though, with the likes of Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Ryan Palmer lurking just a shot further back. While leading fancies Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer had days to forget as they scored 74, 75 and 74 respectively.
Round One Leaderboard
1st – 65 (-6) Rory McIlroy
2nd – 68 (-3) Charl Scwartzel, YE Yang
4th - 69 (-2) Sergio Garcia, Scott Hend, Kim Kyung-tae, Louis Oosthuizen, Ryan Palmer, Alexandre Rocha
Rory McIlroy continued where he let off on day one as he continued to make all the headlines as he attempted to make amends for his Masters meltdown, where he had thrown away a four shot lead on the final day. McIlroy hit a 66 to move to eleven under par and he was now six shots clear of YE Yang, who hit a fine 69 of his own.
Sergio Garcia continued to show he still has what it takes to compete at the very top as he was tied for third with a host of American players.
Round Two Leaderboard
1st – 131 (-11) Rory McIlroy
2nd –137 (-5) YE Yang
3rd - 140 (-2) Sergio Garcia, Robert Garrigus, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker
McIlroy was again the star of day three, although Australia's Jason Day and England's Lee Westwood moved themselves into contention with fine rounds of 65.
McIlroy hit 68 to extend his lead to a huge eight shots from YE Yang and nine from Day and Westwood to move closer to his first ever major title, barring any final day mishaps like he had at the Masters.
For Jason Day, it was another fine effort as he had been runner up at the Masters and he is proving himself to be a real contender at the majors.
Round Three Leaderboard
1st – 199 (-14) Rory McIlroy
2nd – 207 (-6) YE Yang
3rd – 208 (-5) Jason Day, Robert Garrigus, Lee Westwood
Rory McIlroy put the seal on a fine week as he ensured there was no Masters repeat as he started and ended the final day eight shots clear of his nearest rival. The Northern Irishman and Robert Garrigus became the first players n US Open history to hit all their rounds under par.
But it was McIlroy who was the headline maker as he sealed his first major title, while the likes of Lee Westwood and Jason Day were left wondering if their day will ever come despite fine efforts to catch McIlroy.
Final Round Leaderboard
1st – 268 (-16) Rory McIlroy
2nd – 276 (-8) Jason Day
3rd –278 (-6) Kevin Chappell, Robert Garrigus, Lee Westwood, YE Yang
The scores of the rest of the top ten were as follows:
7th - 279 (-5) Sergio Garcia, Peter Hanson
9th - 280 (-4) Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel