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Rory lifts top award after US Open win

Rory McIlroy has been named the 2011 Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for June following his historic victory in the US Open.

The 22-year-old was following up fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell’s 2010 US Open triumph.

The Holywood star explained: “This Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month has to go down as extra special given that I won the award due to my performance at Congressional.

“I hope this will not be the last Golfer of the Month Award I receive after winning a Major Championship!”

The award is decided by a panel that includes members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from radio and television.

And even in a month when Robert Rock won his first tour title at the Italian Open, Pablo Larrazabal clinched the BMW International Open after a five-hole play-off and Thomas Levet proved a popular local winner at the Open De France, McIlroy was clearly the stand-out candidate for the prestigious accolade.

He triumphed at Congressional Country Club by eight strokes, his score of 268 breaking the record for the lowest in the history of the US Open.

That victory lifted him up to third place in the 2011 Race to Dubai, behind only World No.1 Luke Donald and Masters winner Charl Schwarzel.

McIlroy, along with his fellow 2011 Golfers of the Month, can now be considered for the the Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, shared in 2010 by Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Portrush’s McDowell.

Belfast Telegraph