Pro Golf: Rory McIlroy’s dominance at U.S. Open has all of golf talking

By S.C. Zuba
Sports Columnist

Could there be a new Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour?

A new superstar is stealing the spotlight Tiger once owned. He’s a 22-year-old kid from Northern Ireland, and he just won the 111th U.S. Open.

Not only did Rory McIlroy win his first major last Sunday, June 19, he did so by setting a U.S. Open record of 16-under par for the tournament.

He demolished the field from day one—it wasn’t even close. At the end of day two, McIlroy had already set a U.S. Open record by shooting 11-under par for the first two rounds.

McIlroy’s victory has all of golf talking. People are crowning him as the next rising star, the golfer to look out for.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington wasn’t shy with his praise for McIlroy.

“It’s not amazing that he’s going to win a major,” Harrington said, “but it’s amazing how comfortably he’s lapping the field.”

It’s something pretty special when a golfer as young as McIlroy completely dismantles a field of professionals.

Luke Donald, who currently owns the No. 1 ranking in the world, echoed Harrington’s sentiments.

“He has probably the most talent I’ve ever seen from a golfer,” Donald said. “Lovely to watch him play—such a fluid motion, and he hits it far. He’s got a great attitude on and off the golf course.”

The future looks bright for McIlroy. Don’t be surprised if he’s got a few more majors coming in the coming years.

“The whole week’s been incredible,” McIlroy said as he received the Open trophy. “I couldn’t ask for much more.”

McIlroy and I were born on the exact same day, and as a fellow 22-year-old, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate statement.

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From the June 22-28 issue

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