RORY MCILROY has broken a swag of records to take the 2011 US Open by 8 strokes from Australia’s Jason Day.
The young Northern Irishman blew away the demons of his US Masters final round meltdown with an almost flawless display.
His commanding final round performance made it a wire to wire victory that finished at a record 16-under par 268.
Both those figures blitzed the previous best and the 22 year old also became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.
All that, and it would be easy to overlook the fact that Jason Day actually beat him on the weekend by four strokes.
In his US Open debut, Day drove poorly but scrambled superbly to finish alone on second on 8 under. His weekend scores of 65 and 68 beat McIlroy’s 68 and 69.
It was the 23 year old Australian’s second successive Major second placing and his third top ten in his four debut starts.
If McIlroy is the future of golf, Day won’t be far behind.
“Overall the whole week has been incredible,” McIlroy said. “I couldn’t ask for much more and I’m so happy to be holding this trophy.”
Englishman Lee Westwood, South Korean Y.E. Yang and Americans Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus finished tied for third on 6-under.