RORY McIlroy just didn’t show Lee Westwood how to bag a Major he showed everybody else in the sport after what they are calling one of the finest four-round exhibitions of golf the game has ever seen.
The 22-year-old Northern Irishman’s record-breaking march to the US Open title, his first Major, has brought acclaim and wonderment from all quarters - from Jack Nicklaus down to every American fan on the Congressional course who roared him home in what became a procession over all four remarkable days.
Now, with the world all wanting a piece of this likeable young man, he is being tipped to make £100 million in the next 10 years and that’s before any more prize money.
He shattered record after record before finishing with a round of 69 to give him the lowest ever (by four shots) US Open total of 268 for what was eventually victory by eight shots.
His records included lowest halfway total (131); biggest halfway lead (6, with Tiger Woods); lowest 54-hole total (199);
Quickest to 10 under (26 holes), 11 under (32 holes) and 12 under (34 holes) and the first player to go to 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 under.
A bogey five on the 17th hole of the final round meant his record for most under par at a US Open became 16 under. He finished eight shots ahead of Aussie Jason Day (276). Westwood, who had final rounds of 65 then a level par 70 for a six under 278, finished joint third with YE Yang, the Worksop man’s fifth top three finish in the last sevemn majors
“Rory’s been knocking on the door and it’s amazing he’s only ever won three tournaments,” said Westwood.
“I hit it great this week and finished third in a major, so that shows the level my game is at.
“Finally I’ve got my game in good shape.”