Rory McIlroy claims crucial first major
BETHESDA, Md. -- Being destined for greatness can be a heavy burden. Ask any player lugging around that best-player-without-a-major baggage how that weight tends to drag him down as time marches on.
That is why Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open victory Sunday -- whatever the margin -- was so big, so important, and partially a relief.
No longer will he have to answer questions about the Masters meltdown. No longer will his near-misses in majors be viewed as a negative.
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2011 U.S. OPEN
Course: Congressional CC, Blue Course
Where: Bethesda, Md.
Yardage, par: 7,574 yards, par-71