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him perfectly suited to the demands of the Open.


STEADY IN THE FINAL ROUND Following his dramatic collapse


in


the final round of last year’s Masters, many people wondered if 22-year-old Rory McIlroy would be able to bounce back. It turns out their worries were misplaced, as he proved at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, where he won by eight strokes and set 12 records.


9 Rory McIlroy is


one of nine players aged 22 and


under with multiple professional wins and at least one major title. The


others are Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Young


“(I was) just trying to go out there with the feeling that no lead is big enough,” McIlroy said. “I was trying to go out and trying to make no mistakes, and really not give anyone a chance to catch me.” McIlroy impressed a lot of people, not only with the quality of his play but with his open, engaging personality. “He’s a breath of fresh air for the game and


Tom Morris, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Creavy, Johnny


McDermott, Seve Ballesteros and Jerry Pate.


Charity Link The United States Golf Association awarded


$67 million to support the development of 1,000 organizations through its “For the Good of the Game” Grants Initiative. These funds aid the effort to open opportunities through the game of golf to millions of youths and individuals with disabilities. USGA funding helps these programs pay for professional instruction, access to golf


courses and practice ranges, equipment, transportation, alternative golf facilities and other essential aspects of the game.


perhaps we’re ready for golf’s next superstar and maybe Rory is it,” said the defending champion Graeme McDowell who, like McIlroy, is a native of Northern Ireland. ■


Most Victories:


Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus (4)


PLAYER


FINAL STANDINGS ROUNDS


Rory McIlroy Jason Day


Kevin Chappell Robert Garrigus Lee Westwood Y.E. Yang


Peter Hanson Sergio Garcia


Charl Schwartzel Louis Oosthuizen


POS 1


2


T3 T3 T3 T3 T7 T7 T9 T9


1 2 3


65 66 68 71 72 65 76 67 69 70 70 68 75 68 65 68 69 70 72 71 69 69 71 69 68 74


72 69 73 71 4


69 68 66 70 70 71 67 70 66 67


How Was It Won? Rory McIlroy’s record-setting performance at


Congressional Country Club was the result of a balanced game. ■ He was seventh in Driving Distance with an average of 310.6 yards.


■ McIlroy tied for 26th in Driving Accuracy, hitting 36 of 56 fairways (64.3%).


■ He was first in Greens In Regulation, hitting 62 of 72 (86.1%).


■ McIlroy tied for 29th in Total Putts with 119. Powered by Course Insight The Olympic Club Lake Course


The Olympic Club was founded in 1860 and in 1918 the Club took over the Lakeside Golf Club, with its course designed by Wilfred Reid, which was replaced by two courses in 1922. Willie Watson designed and Superintendent Sam


Whiting constructed the first Ocean (Pacific Links) and Lake Courses in 1924. The Lake Course that will host the Open was designed by Whiting and opened for play in 1927. A new nine-hole, par-3 Cliffs Course overlooking the Pacific Ocean was added in 1994. The Ocean Course went through a few renovations over the years, but a new course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, opened in 2000. The latest Lake Course renovation took place in 2009 and was highlighted by the creation of a new eighth hole and the change to bentgrass on the greens. Over the years, the Olympic Club has hosted several U.S. Opens, beginning in 1955 when Jack Fleck—a relative unknown—beat Ben Hogan in a playoff.


TOTAL SCORE


268 276 278 278 278 278 279 279 280 280


OFFICIAL MONEY $1,440,000


$865,000 $364,241 $364,241 $364,241 $364,241 $228,416 $228,416 $192,962 $192,962


FEDEXCUP POINTS


500.00 330.00 147.50 147.50 147.50 147.50 97.00 97.00 85.00 85.00


Tournament Record 268, Rory McIlroy, 2011 (Congressional CC)


Tournament 18-Hole Record 63, Johnny Miller, 1973 (Oakmont CC); Tom Weiskopf, 1980 (Baltusrol GC); Jack Nicklaus, 1980 (Baltusrol GC), Vijay Singh, 2003 (Olympia Fields CC)


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Ticket Information www.usopen.com


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