U.S. Open News and Notes: June 20, 2011

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One for the Record Books

It’s Rory time—Rory McIlroy set more records then anyone could have imagined by capturing the U.S. Open by 8 strokes at Congressional Country Club on Sunday.

More impressively some of those records were held by a man named Tiger Woods. The same Tiger that McIllroy, as an 8-year-old kid back in Northern Ireland, watched capture his first major.

Here is a glimpse of the records he set this week:

  • Rory McIlroy’s total of 268 strokes breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 272 previously held by four players—Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Lee Janzen, 1993; Tiger Woods, 2000; Jim Furyk, 2003.
  • Rory McIlroy’s total of 16 under par breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open record for most strokes under par. Tiger Woods set the previous record of 12-under in 2000.
  • At 22 years, 1 month, 15 days, Rory McIlroy is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones, 1923, at 21 years, 3 months, 28 days. He is also the second-youngest player to win a major championship in past 80 years behind Tiger Woods, who was 21 years, 3 months, 15 days when he won the 1997 Masters.

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  • Rory McIlroy became the fourth player in U.S. Open history to shoot four rounds in the 60s, joining Lee Janzen, 1993; Lee Trevino, 1968; Billy Casper, 1966 (including one round in playoff).
  • Rory McIlroy hit 62 of 72 greens in regulation, the most in a U.S. Open since the statistic has been tracked.
  • Rory McIlroy is the first player in U.S. Open history to reach 13-under-par, 14-under-par, 15-under-par, 16-under-par and 17-under-par.

Few Americans

The Americans were few and far between this week in the nations capital. Only Robert Garrigus and Kevin Chappel, tied for third, found their way into the top-10 at Congressional.

Steve Stricker, the highest ranked American in the world, finished 19th, and Phil Mickelson 54th.

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New Day

Jason Day has finished second in consecutive majors. He finished tied with Adam Scott at the Masters in April and then had a solid weekend of 65-68 to garner a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.

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