June 20th, 2011
02:10 AM ET

McIlroy triumph signals new golfing dynasty

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the U.S. Open trophy Sunday in Bethesda, Maryland.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the U.S. Open trophy Sunday in Bethesda, Maryland.

"Let's go Rory! Let's go Rory!"  The chants here at the Congressional Country Club over the weekend said it all.

There was a sense the 2011 U.S. Open would prove historic after Rory McIlroy posted a blistering score on the first day, but his play over the following days was sumptuous in quality and magnetic in attraction for golf fans. A fervently patriotic American crowd were charmed, amazed and captivated by the feats of the Northern Irish youngster.

His achievements with club and ball were too compelling to be ignored, his manner and mental strength - following his last-day collapse in Augusta - too admirable not to be applauded. A new golfing dynasty has surely been launched.

McIlroy first signaled his potential for true golfing greatness when he shot an opening round nine under par 63 in the first round of last year's British Open at St Andrews, and though he followed that up with an 80, a glimpse of his genius has been seen.

He shone again at the Augusta National before, in a strange quirk of fate, his final-round Masters' meltdown provided a blessing in disguise. His mental resolve following this disappoint providing surely the last piece of the champion player's jigsaw puzzle.

The 22 year old said as much. His learning curve was also enhanced by his recent trip to Haiti where he humbly admitted nobody's even heard of him there let alone see him play. That trip and all-round experience was a true eye-opener for McIlroy as he witnessed firsthand the suffering of people trying to re-build their lives in the wake of tragedy and disaster.

It gave him perspective on life, prompting him to conclude that in comparison, it really wasn't such a big deal to blow a chance of winning the coveted green jacket.

Rory said all along in the buildup to this major the disappointment of Augusta was firmly behind him, some may have doubted his resolve, but any such critics are now eating their words.

McIlroy is the heir apparent to Tiger Woods and the U.S. Open was his official unveiling. Golf's young prince is already on his way to becoming the game's undisputed king. A truly regal performance from start to finish which gave Woods plenty to ponder from the sidelines.

Tiger will one day return to the peak of his playing powers, but it is difficult to know when. When he does there's a ready-made heavyweight rival lying in wait and who isn't licking their lips in anticipation of one huge rivalry taking shape in the coming months and years. Woods currently has 14 majors to his name. McIlroy now has one. The clash of the titans is underway. Bring it on!

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  1. Rob

    dynasty? Its a little early for that, don't you think?

    June 20, 2011 at 3:23 am | Reply
  2. the whole stinkin world

    Tiger was an overlyhyped, Clear n Cream enhanced, FRAUD with new technology when he first came out that gave him such an unfair advantage that if they took all that away, he wouldn't have won even ONE major let alone that many titles. congrats to rory. let's wipe tiger from the record books....

    June 20, 2011 at 3:34 am | Reply
  3. Anthony TK Goh

    It's great to be young. Greater to be talented and win against
    all odds.
    Rory has the makings of a great champion and he will go on
    to mature and win all that have to be won in the golfworld.
    However, he is still so young and can be tempted like so many
    sporting greats who fell by the wayside...
    But for the moment, I would like to wish him well for as long as
    he can wield the golf clubs..

    June 20, 2011 at 3:35 am | Reply
  4. Chris Ross

    I wasn't too sure of how Rory would respond after his Masters performance. I believed that he might be another Sergio Garcia and that golf would have to wait even longer for another star to arrive. I guess not. McIlroy is a class act and has the kind of talent that has almost no ceiling to it. The sky is the limit for this guy and it couldn't happen to a better person. He reacted so well to the situation after the Masters and was a good guy all the way despite the blow out win this weekend. It should to be fun to see this kid perform for the next decade. Let's hope for the sake of golf that he continues it.

    June 20, 2011 at 4:12 am | Reply
  5. Rory McCoy

    Great show by Rory! A real champion with nerves of steel. Looking forward to more amazing moments.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
  6. Nate

    Nerves of steal? He won one major, great job on this major, but let's not jump the gun on the Dynasty talk. He needs to be consistent and not just for a short stretch. The masters Meltdown was not par for the course, but I wouldn't start writing the history books with Rory just yet.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  7. GlofLAex

    Why these days most journalists (mostly sports journalist Imay add) can't refraint from intronizing, glorifying, iconing. Why this need to establish a single event into the new world order. Dynasty rhyms with modesty but that's is all they have in comon at least from the way these guys write their pepaers these days. Rory McElroy is no doubt a great player, but we knew he was. Can't we just admire his achievment of the week end, without making stupid projections and predictions. We are tired of this glorifying comments on the first week end of the month and destroying ones in case of an underperformance at the end of the same month.
    (Sorry for typo english not my native language)

    June 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  8. terry

    Rename the US Open to the 'Irish Open'!

    June 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  9. JJGUY

    Nice beginning for a nice young man. As we have learned from Tiger's experiences, talent alone does not make up the package for greatness. Rory has talent and time will tell what else will befall him.

    June 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  10. Dick

    Can't you journalists calm down?!? Dynasty? The kid won ONE Major. Yes, he's a great golfer but don't forget there are lots of other good golfers out there who will be challenging him at every tournament. My best guess is that he'll end up with 6-8 Major titles. Nicklaus is still the KING.

    June 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  11. Ray

    Seems the USA have all their eggs in one basket "Tiger Woods"

    Where are the rest of his team ?.

    June 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  12. SnoopyCJ

    @the whole stinkin world
    Please come with some facts to back up your 'hateraid' on Tiger.
    Golf is one sport where you have to have be mentally and physcially strong. what advantage did Tiger have? When he blew out his Masters of 1997 by 12 strokes, Augusta had to 'change' the course. the course is the same for every person no matter what. Tiger just dedicated himself to the sport and working out. he started playing when he was a kid...he was even great in college.

    June 20th, 2011 3:34 am ET

    Tiger was an overlyhyped, Clear n Cream enhanced, FRAUD with new technology when he first came out that gave him such an unfair advantage that if they took all that away, he wouldn't have won even ONE major let alone that many titles. congrats to rory. let's wipe tiger from the record books....

    June 20, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  13. Bill

    Have to agree with Dick. This one major is great for this young golfer. However, not even close to being a dynasty. Wishing him the very best of luck over the years and also wishing that he can keep his pants zipped and that the wheels don't fall off because of too much overhype.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  14. Leon Corbin

    I am thrilled that Mcllroy won, after his melt down at the masters, I felt his pain.
    This win for him, shows what a lot of talent and a little more confidence can do for a players game. No guts, No Glory, young Mack caught a slight case or jitters at the Masters.
    He conquered his jitters and he DESERVES the Glory, What a way to come back, young Mack just proved that a true champion comes in all sizes and all ages.
    Congrats Little Mack, you now have the heart of a champion.
    Looking forward to seeing you play again soon.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  15. Tom

    In Ireland, they are calling him the "Celtic Tiger", an apparent reference to Tiger Woods. As an American of Irish descent on both sides of my family, I hope they quit insulting the very fine lad.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:05 am | Reply
  16. jorgen friis

    Calm down, Patrick. Dont get so carried away. One swallow doesnt make a summer. So Rory wins one which is great for him, and competition per se, but that surely ought not for you to let loose with that tirade of yours re dynasty and all. Rory won one major is all. There is a long way to go for him to prove he is up there with the rest of the golfing greats. Only time will tell whether your euphoric comments have any merit. In meantime, hold your horses, sit back and watch what unfolds

    June 21, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply
  17. Rajgopal Soory

    Fantastic natural golf player with odes of talent, ambition and a great attitude and presence. His body language is lovely and that is what attracts so many to like him and shower those kind praises.
    He is different from Tiger Woods because he does not posses that mental aggression and cultivated killer instinct .Tiger Woods used to chase leaders down relentlessly and would force opponents to break down mentally due to the pressure.
    Not so with Mcllroy. He concentrates on his own game and just loves to score his eagles, birdies and pars.If an opponent is better on a given day he may not be able to do anything about it except carry on playing his own natural game.
    To compare him to Tiger Woods is an injustice to both as their character, social background, upbringing and parental guidance differs completely.
    Tiger Woods was a golf machine which is now under repair after 10 to 15 years of solid performance.
    Mcllroy is more a classy, natural player like Seve, who will give you some fantastic victories and great, sublime golfing moments.
    If he does go on to win 5, 10, 15 majors as his career ends he could be placed in that category of great golfers.
    Till such time just enjoy his youth, style, charisma and the purity of his golf strokes.
    Let the victories come by, if they may.
    Rajgopal Soory

    June 21, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  18. sean

    don't care golf is a very boring game

    June 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  19. tckley

    the Tiger has gone. Only the Roar-ree is left!

    June 22, 2011 at 2:37 am | Reply
  20. JL

    There is no point in speculating what Rory McIlroy might go on to achieve. The point is what he has done already. The golf writers, many of whom have followed the game for decades, are very excited because few people have managed to do what he has done by the age of 22. Their conviction for Rory's potential is reinforced by a golf swing as good as any they have seen in a generation.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
  21. christina

    capital gold

    July 1, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply


    July 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply

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