Monday 5 December 2016

Well done Rory

Published 21/06/2011 | 08:30

Just when things seem to be going from bad to worse, golfer Rory McIlroy's fairytale victory in the US Open provided a much needed lift to all of our spirits. After his final day meltdown at the Masters in Atlanta in April the 22-year old from Holywood, Co Down, was under enormous pressure to show that he wasn't a "choker" and that he had what it takes to win one of golf's coveted Majors.

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Even for those of us who have little interest in golf the Majors are special. The winners of these events, the US Open, the British Open, the US Masters and the US PGA, occupy a special place in the pantheon of sporting heroes. Golf writer John Feinstein captured it well in his book on the Majors when he wrote that: "On four Sundays a year the world's greatest golfers go out to play for ever."

Yesterday, McIlroy joined the ranks of golf's immortals. In one of the greatest performance ever witnessed at a Major, he didn't so much beat the rest of the field, which included most of the world's best golfers, as blow it away. While his winning margin of eight shots was mightily impressive it merely hinted at his utter dominance of the event.

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