McIlroy Coasts to Record-breaking Victory at US Open

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The golfing world has a new sensation, and he is a 22-year-old from Northern Ireland.

Rory McIlroy coasted to victory with a record-breaking score at the U.S. Open tournament outside Washington Sunday.

McIlroy won his first major golf title in stunning fashion, breaking tournament records at 16-under par, 268. He shattered the previous tournament record by four strokes.

McIlroy shot two-under-par 69 on Sunday.

Australian Jason Day finished in second, eight strokes back. He shot a 68 on Sunday.

McIlroy put his disappointment behind him from The Masters tournament in April, in which he blew a four-stroke lead on the final day.

In the second major of the year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, he claimed the title at the U.S. Open as the youngest winner in more than 80 years.

The previous U.S. Open tournament record of 272 was shared by Americans Jack Nicklaus , Lee Janzen , Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk .