The questions lingered after Rory McIlroy’s final round 80 to lose the Masters. Did he have the mental makeup to win a major? He put them all to bed on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy fired a 69 in the final round, breaking the US Open scoring record with a 268 and winning by eight strokes. He became the youngest US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. Any thoughts of a collapse were put to rest early, as he birdied the first and fourth holes to take a 10 stroke lead. He nearly aced the 10th hole and managed the difficult back nine at even par.
He was amazingly consistent throughout the tournament, making only three bogeys and having one three putt all week. He broke 70 and led the tournament after every round. He hit 62 of the 72 greens in regulation.
In the eight rounds of major championships this year, he has held the lead after seven of them. He has been in contention in four consecutive majors. Since World War II, only Tiger Woods at the 1997 Masters won a major at a younger age. Rory McIlroy has emerged as a new superstar at a time when golf needs one.
Jason Day followed the Masters with another second place finish, shooting 65 and 69 over the weekend. Y.E. Yang failed to gain on McIlroy and finished 10 strokes back. Joining him in third place were Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus. Despite the course playing easy by US Open standards, no one was able to gain on McIlroy's six-hole lead going into Saturday.