US Press lauds McIlroy

The American press has not been short of praise for new US Open champion Rory McIlroy.

The American press has not been short of praise for new US Open champion Rory McIlroy.

The whole world watched as the youngster from Northern Ireland imploded on the final day of the Masters back in April, and they watched again as, this time, he carried his remarkable play through all four rounds of the year’s second major at Congressional.

Said the Washington Post: “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’.”

The New York times remarked on his “killer instinct” this time around, as he never gave the rest of the field even so much as a sniff of a chance:

“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.”

The Los Angeles Times was every bit as complimentary:

“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.”

USA Today focused in on a meeting McIlroy had had with his manager Chubby Chandler after his Masters disappointment:

“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’.

“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 U.S. 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 U.S. Open. Fitting right in with the White House, Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, McIlroy became an iconic symbol of power on the grounds of the golf club named in honor of the U.S. Congress.”

And the Wall Street Journal headline summed it up: “Young Rory McIlroy Leaves His Augusta Collapse Behind and Cruises to a Record Win at the U.S. Open.”

The article went on to praise his victory as a “a Beautiful Blowout, Not a Poetic Payback”.