20 Jun '11, 12am

Rory McIlroy, 22, captures first golf title, becoming the youngest US Open champion in 88 years

Rory McIlroy, 22, captures first golf title, becoming the youngest US Open champion in 88 years

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy clebrates his win on the 18th green during the final round of the 2011 US Open golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BETHESDA (Maryland) - RORY McIlroy captured his first major golf title in historic fashion on Sunday, turning the final round of the 111th US Open into a virtual victory lap on his way to an eight-stroke triumph. The 22-year-old Northern Ireland prodigy fired a two-under par 69 to finish 72 holes on 16-under par 268, becoming the youngest US Open champion in 88 years and sealing a new generation's grip at the forefront of the sport. Masters runner-up Jason Day of Australia was a distant second on 276 with South Korean Yang Yong Eun, England's Lee Westwood and unheralded Americans Robert Garrigus and Kevin Chappell sharing third on 278. None of them mounted a serious threat to di...

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