On this day: McIlroy captures first major title at the US Open

On this day, five years ago, Rory McIlroy secured his first major title at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
19th June 2016

article:19th June 2016

McIlroy became the youngest winner of the US Open on this day.
McIlroy became the youngest winner of the US Open on this day.

In a performance that will go down in history as one of the best-ever at the US Open, comparable to Tiger Woods’ monster victory at Pebble Beach in 2000, Rory McIlroy won his first major title on this day, five years ago.

The Northern Irish golfer, who had an epic collapse at Augusta National two months earlier, set 11 US Open records throughout the weekend, shooting an aggregate 268 (the lowest total 72-hole score) to finish eight strokes ahead of runner-up Jason Day.

McIlroy and Robert Garrigus became the fifth and sixth golfers in US Open history to score under par in all four rounds.

Other memorable events in history today:

1992: Evander Holyfield beats Larry Holmes in 12 rounds at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada, for the WBA, WBC, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight Championships.

2000: The LA Lakers complete a 4-2 NBA Finals series victory over the Indiana Pacers with a 116-111 win at the Staples Center. Shaquille O’Neal was named Finals MVP.

2006: First-time winners the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 to take the Stanley Cup.