Having scored a final round of 69 to finish an eight-shot success with a record low score for the US Open of 16-under-par Rory McIlroy was named champion. He has been greatly praised in the US newspapers for his success.
The Washington Post said “Authenticity speaks for itself or not at all. Rory McIlroy seems to have it, both in his golf swing and in his face. From his understated gestures to his cocky-modest smile, from his twirl of the club as a perfect shot hangs in mid-flight to the image Sunday evening of his huge hug with his father beside the 18th green at Congressional Country Club, he makes us think, “There’s the real thing.””
McIlroy’s performance is quite a turnaround after the Masters earlier this year. He had failed to hold on t o a four-shot lead just two months ago. He finished 10 strokes adrift of winner Charl Schwartzel.
USA Today’s article spoke about a meeting with McIlroy’s manager Chubby Chandler just after the Masters 2011. They said “Ten days after his distressing meltdown in the final round of this year's Masters, Rory McIlroy met with his agent, Chubby Chandler, in Belfast to talk all things golf.
"Shortly into the conversation, Chandler knew his young client wasn't suffering from any psychological toll owing to his epic setback in the Masters, where he imploded with a final-round 80 that erased a four-shot, 54-hole lead and left McIlroy doubled over in despair.
"He looked at me and said, 'Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about, Chub, because at the end of the day, it's just a golf tournament and I'm 21'," Chandler says. "He lost the green jacket but he didn't lose perspective. He just didn't understand all the fuss afterward.
"The fresh-faced youngster with unruly curly hair now might have a hard time comprehending a different sort of ruckus following his four-day destruction of Congressional Country Club in the US Open on Sunday.
"Already a popular lad the world over, McIlroy's star exploded 10 miles north of the nation's capital in the 111th edition of the US Open. Fitting right in with the White House, Supreme Court, US Capitol and the Pentagon, McIlroy became an iconic symbol of power on the grounds of the golf club named in honor of the US Congress."
Also speaking about McIlroy overcoming his post-Masters nerves the LA Times said “It took less than an hour for Rory McIlroy to effectively bury any demons from Augusta National…An eight-foot birdie at Congressional Country Club's opening hole. Three holes later, another from three feet away. No one would be allowed a chance to threaten."
The New York Times praised the 22-year-old’s killer instinct and the way he ruthlessly closed his victory. They said “During the first three days of the 111th United States Open, Rory McIlroy moved through the cheering galleries with a boyish smile and the occasional laugh, a young man playing near-flawless golf and enjoying the walk on the lush grounds of Congressional Country Club.
"On Sunday, however, the 22-year-old McIlroy made his way to the first tee with a newly honed stoicism. The crowd was already in a party mood, anticipating history. McIlroy played it cool.
"He knew a thing or two about golf history, especially recent results in major championships, and on Sunday, he used that knowledge to fashion a killer's instinct that rewrote the narrative of championship golf."
Even the world’s leading financial paper, the Wall Street Journal, praised the player now ranked fourth in the world. One headline read “Young Rory McIlroy Leaves His Augusta Collapse Behind and Cruises to a Record Win at the US Open” while the headline describing his victory read “a Beautiful Blowout, Not a Poetic Payback".