Belfast Telegraph

Now Rory is the new young lion

By Gail Walker

Rory McIlroy won the US Open with the kind of style, relaxation, dominance and sense of destiny that we have come to expect only from people born in other places far away. Funnily enough, Northern Ireland is now that far away place for golf fans - and romance fans - the world over.

The only thing that could possibly top Graeme McDowell winning last year's US Open was Rory pulling himself up from the devastation of the US Masters only a few weeks ago to triumph so spectacularly in Washington.

Plus, he's modest, down-to-earth, self-effacing, charming - while it would be too much to say those are characteristics of the Northern Ireland male down through the ages, it's certainly true to say that one look at Rory and you'd know where he was from.

Only Northern Ireland could produce the epic to beat the last epic. McIlroy has fulfilled one part of his potential and slaughtered all the doubters and cynics.

Sadly, for the rest of the world, that is, the other part of his potential is to dominate golf - and our TV screens - for the next 10 years.

It's goodbye Tiger. Here's the lion's Rory.

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