McIlroy Wins U.S. Open, Sets Tournament Record

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On Sunday, 22-year-old Rory McIlroy became the youngest golfer to win the U.S. Open since 1923.

He held his own at the Open played at the Congressional Country Club just outside of Bethesda, M.D.

The win was especially sweet for McIllroy after a heart-breaking loss at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April, where he blew his lead on the last day of the tournament.

The Northern Ireland native shattered tournament records held by Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and two others -- by four strokes -- finishing at 16 under par.

McIlroy celebrated his win with his father after the tournament. His dad had worked three jobs in order to help his son pursue his passion for golf.

As soon as McIlroy took his last shot he went straight up to his dad, gave him a hug, and told him "Happy Father's Day."

"There's a lot of joy," McIlroy said. "And especially with this victory, there's quite a bit of relief, as well."

Jason Day's second-place score of eight under tied for the third-best score in relation to par in U.S. Open history. But Day, like everyone else, knew how this one was going to turn out.

"I'm not going to go home and cry because I got whooped," Day said. "But Rory, you can't beat a guy that's gone out and played as well as he has this week."

"What a performance from start to finish," Tiger Woods said.

Nicklaus, who had been mentoring McIlroy over the past several months, was equally impressed.

"We are all aware that he has been there before, but he showed that he learned from his mistakes, and he showed that he knew how to play the last two days with a big lead," Nicklaus said.

"Not only did Rory know how to play with a big lead, he played it confidently, played it smartly, and he never put himself in position to be in trouble," he said.

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