Where were you during the 111th U.S. Open?
Were you at the edge of your seat, watching each golfer sink that putt, followed by a fist pump in the air or chase a bogie only to shake their head in disappointment? How about the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland who became the youngest player to have won the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923 and pre-destined to become the next Jack Nicklaus. Rory McIlroy. Who is this new kid on the block who’s charging with fierce determination to the summit of golf?
“This guy is the best I’ve seen, simple as that”
– Graeme McDowell
“After playing nine holes yesterday, I sort of realized that this guy is uber-talented.”
– Y.E. Yang
“Golf right now is in a really, really good spot with where Rory McIlroy is right now.”
– Jason Day
Finishing with a record-breaking 268, the young chap’s performance has been fittingly labeled “Big Mac Attack”. What’s next in his illustrious golfing career? He hasn’t lifted a finger since winning the U.S Open at Congressional – which has been questioned by everyone from former European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to American star Phil Mickelson – but Big Mac insists “it’s now back to business from now and time to forget all about my US Open victory.” We’ll keep a close eye on him at the upcoming 140th Open Championship at Royal St George’s and the Irish Open at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Ireland.
Shooting into the public eye in such a short time, we ask you this next question: Is there such a thing as “The luck of the Irish” on the golf course? If we told you Rory conquers each course with an iron fist and a bag full of Titleist drivers, wedges and irons; would you run to your nearest golf store and put your money down on every Titleist equipment available?
Tiger Woods. Graeme McDowell. Rory McIlroy. What does it take to become a golf legend?