Though it may come as little surprise to hear it, Rory McIlroy’s US Open victory succeeded in breaking scoring records of all shapes and sizes. To help place his achievement in some sort of historical context, here’s a hand-picked selection of the most striking comparisons to be made.
*Rory McIlroy’s total of 268 strokes breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 272 previously held by four players – Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Lee Janzen, 1993; Tiger Woods, 2000; Jim Furyk, 2003.
*Rory McIlroy’s total of 16 under par breaks the 72-hole U.S. Open record for most strokes under par previously at 12-under held by Tiger Woods in 2000.
*At 22 years, 1 month, 15 days, Rory McIlroy is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones, 1923, at 21 years, 3 months, 28 days. He is also the second-youngest player to win a major championship in past 80 years behind Tiger Woods, who was 21 years, 3 months, 15 days when he won the 1997 Masters.
*With the victories by Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both from Northern Ireland, this is the first time there have been back-to-back international winners from the same country since Alec Ross (1907) and Fred McLeod (1908), both from Scotland.
*Rory McIlroy is the third player from Northern Ireland to win a major championship, joining Graeme McDowell at the 2010 U.S. Open and Fred Daly at the 1947 British Open.
*Rory McIlroy and Robert Garrigus became the seventh and eighth players in U.S. Open history to shoot four sub-par rounds in one championship joining Sam Snead, 1947 (including one round in playoff); Billy Casper, 1966 (including one round in playoff); Lee Trevino, 1968; Tony Jacklin, 1970; Lee Janzen, 1993; Curtis Strange, 1994 (did not win).
*Rory McIlroy became the fourth player in U.S. Open history to shoot four rounds in the 60s joining Lee Janzen, 1993; Lee Trevino, 1968; Billy Casper, 1966 (including one round in playoff).
*Rory McIlroy is the seventh start-to-finish winner (no ties) in U.S. Open history joining Walter Hagen, 1914; Jim Barnes, 1921; Ben Hogan, 1953; Tony Jacklin, 1970; Tiger Woods, 2000 and 2002.
*Rory McIlroy hit 62 of 72 greens in regulation, the most in a U.S. Open since the statistic has been tracked.
*Rory McIlroy was 11-under on par 4s this week, breaking the previous record of 4-under by five players since the statistic has been tracked. (Ernie Els, 1997; Tiger Woods, 2000; Jim Furyk, 2003; Phil Mickelson, 2004; Davis Love III, 2010).
*Rory McIlroy is the first player in U.S. Open history to reach 13-under-par, 14-under-par, 15-under-par, 16-under-par and 17-under-par.
*Lowest 72 hole scores at all four majors:
265, PGA Championship, David Toms, 2001
267, British Open , Greg Norman, 1993
268, U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy, 2011
270, Masters, Tiger Woods, 1997
*Most strokes under-par after 72 holes at all four majors:
19-under, British Open, Tiger Woods, 2000
18-under, PGA Championship, Tiger Woods and Bob May, 2000
18-under, Masters, Tiger Woods, 1997
16-under, U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy, 2011
*Largest Winning Margin at U.S. Open:
15 strokes, Tiger Woods, 2000
11 strokes, Willie Smith, 1899
9 strokes, Jim Barnes, 1921
8 strokes, Rory McIlroy, 2011
*The last four major champions are all first-time major winners and all are in their 20s – Louis Oosthuizen (British Open), Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship), Charl Schwartzel (Masters), and Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open).
*Six of the past eight U.S. Open champions have been foreign-born.