It had been seven years since Rory McIlroy won his first major, the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
McIlroy was just a wee 22-year-old Irishman, looking to fulfill his destiny of becoming a more dominant golfer than his childhood hero Tiger Woods.
Now at 29, McIlroy has four major championships, 14 PGA Tour wins (30 wins overall as a professional), has completed three legs of the Career Grand Slam, and was the No.1 ranked golfer for 95 weeks.
McIlroy is entering the prime years of his career and he is far from finished when it comes to winning major championships. There is a good chance he could challenge Woods’ 14 majors but Jack Nicklaus’ 18 may be a little out of reach at this point.
That 2011 U.S. Open will be regarded as one of the greatest performances we have ever seen from a 22-year-old. McIlroy went into the U.S. Open quite prepared, having played in the two U.S. Open’s prior to that (T-10, MC) and the other three major championships at least once.
McIlroy won in record-setting fashion, shooting 16-under for the week and winning by eight strokes.
“I basically had the week of my life, McIlroy said when answering questions at Congressional. “I didn’t miss a shot. I barely missed any putts. I made it look a lot easier then it was but it’s great to be back. I haven’t made it back since that week and I’ve been excited about this for a long time.”