Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Golf

US Open: Rory McIlroy hails incredible week

Rory McIlroy was trying his best to make his runaway US Open victory sink in this morning.

An eight-shot winner over Australian Jason Day in Washington DC, the 22-year-old - the youngest winner of the title since 1923 - said: "The whole week has been incredible.

"I could not have asked for any more and I am so happy to hold this trophy."

It is the same trophy, of course, that fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell captured 12 months ago.

McIlroy added: "For such a small nation to win two US Opens in a row is pretty special.

"As Graeme said last year there will be a lot of pints of Guinness going down.

"I know a few of my friends will be partying and I can't wait to get home and join them."

In April, McIlroy went from four ahead to 10 behind with a nightmare closing 80 at The Masters.

"Augusta was a valuable experience," he added. "I knew what I needed to do today to win. I learnt a few things there about myself and my game.

"I put a few different things into practice and it paid off."

Trying to seek out his dad Gerry in the vast crowd - they had already hugged - McIlroy shouted: "Happy Father's Day - this one's for you.

"I have to mention my mum too. Everything they have done for me I can't thank them enough."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph