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Rory McIlroy Drinks Out of the U.S. Open Trophy in Celebration (Picture)

Rory McIlroy doesn’t shy away from partying. We know, we’ve shared the pictures in the past. After seeing him pound Jagermeister, it was no surprise to see McIlroy celebrate his record-setting U.S. Open win by drinking out of the trophy:

McIlroy shared that picture on his twitter account after winning his first major Sunday. Judging by girlfriend Holly Sweeney’s twitter account, we can guess it was filled with champagne, Jager, or … celebratory water? With the way he’s been playing, he should be able to celebrate.

Yes, That Was Shane McMahon Celebrating with Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open

Shane McMahon caused a buzz on the internet Sunday when NBC showed him standing alongside Rory McIlroy’s father at the U.S. Open:

In case you’re wondering why McMahon would be standing with Gerry McIlroy and supporting Rory, it’s because he’s on the Board of Directors for International Sports Management, which represents Rory. McMahon was also in attendance at the Master’s in Augusta, giving McIlroy a handshake following his brutal final round. I don’t know about you, but I would have preferred to see Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend in his corner at Congressional rather than McMahon, no offense.

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Rory McIlroy’s Dad Gerry at U.S. Open on Father’s Day, Holly Sweeney Missing

Rory McIlroy completed a historic run at the U.S. Open Sunday, shooting a final round 69 to become the youngest U.S. Open winner in 88 years. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland shot a 268 over the four rounds, beating the previous tournament total of 272. He joined the group of Curtis Strange, Lee Janzen, Tony Jacklin, and Lee Trevino as the only golfers to be under par all four rounds of the U.S. Open. McIlroy also became just the sixth golfer to win the tournament as the wire-to-wire champion (Tiger Woods accomplished the feat twice).

McIlroy’s win was special for several reasons besides the record-breaking fashion of the victory. In addition to Sunday becoming McIlroy’s first major win, he bounced back from his final-round collapse at the Masters in April. Moreover, he held on for his first major win on Father’s Day with his dad, Jerry McIlroy (pictured) in attendance. Sadly, Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend Holly Sweeney was not in attendance.

Sweeney is Rory’s childhood girlfriend and the two have had an on-and-off relationship, but they’re back on again. McIlroy’s people actually flew Holly into Augusta (see pictures of her here) anticipating a win at the Masters, but Rory ended up blowing his lead. Holly stayed at home for the U.S. Open but nervously watched Rory throughout the weekend. She capped his victory with a congratulatory tweet, saying “My fabulous boyfriend has played flawlessly all week! Drink up northern ireland he’s done us proud! Here’s to the sick days tomorrow WOOOOO.”

Her tweet was similar to the final words McIlroy said during an interview on NBC where he said he hoped the pints of Guinness would be flowing back home and that he couldn’t wait to get home and party with his friends. After his performance this weekend, he deserves too.

Jack Nicklaus Likes Rory McIlroy’s Game, Confidence on the Course

Jack Nicklaus has won 18 majors, more than any other golfer. He doesn’t watch too much golf, but he has begun following the career of youngster Rory McIlory. Calling into NBC during their telecast of the U.S. Open, he talked about the 22-year-old Northern Irishman and raved about his game and personality.

“His rhythm is beautiful, it just stays the same all the time,” Nicklaus said about McIlroy during a phone interview Sunday. “He has a great short game. I love his little moxie and the sort of way he walks, sort of like he’s a like a little cocksure about himself. I kind of like that in a guy. You gotta have confidence in yourself and what you’re doing.”

Nicklaus, who said McIlroy asked him for advice about how to close tournaments, continued to speak positively about the youngster. “I think this kid’s going to have a great career. He’s got all the components. He’s a nice kid, he’s got a pleasant personality. He’s humble when he needs to be humble and he’s confident when he needs to be confident.”

A year ago we said McIlroy was the real deal after watching him dominate at Quail Hollow and put together a sparkling opening round at the British Open as a 20-year-old. We appreciated the character he showed after losing his lead at the Masters. We also love the fun side of his life he displays, not to mention his longtime girlfriend/female friend, Holly Sweeney. At this point we’re in agreement with Nicklaus in enjoying McIlroy as a golfer. As long as he doesn’t turn out to be like Tiger Woods, there won’t be any reason to dislike him.

Eyebrow Dance Kid Makes Rory McIlroy Interview Funny (Video)

There are a lot of different things that can make an interview funny.  For those of you who like sexual harassment, this Rampage Jackson interview is a true gut-buster.  If you like embarrassing photos being flashed in the background, the interview with Kobe Bryant’s dad would probably suit your interests.  Personally, I get my kicks from sketchy looking kids doing the People’s Eyebrow on speed while a golfer is being interviewed during a dominating U.S. Open performance.  Looks like I’m in luck.  Check out this video of Rory McIlroy with the eyebrow dance kid, courtesy of The Nosebleeds:

The eyebrow stuff is good, but it’s not even the best part.  For me the most hilarious part is the kid looking around like he’s about to rob a bank before pulling his little face dance.  It’s OK, kid — you aren’t going to get picked off by a sniper for wiggling your eye brows behind the U.S. Open leader.

Rory McIlroy Defends LeBron James from Media Criticism

While LeBron James is taking a public beating from fans and the media, he can take comfort in knowing he at least has one supporter. Golfer and fellow sports prodigy, Rory McIlroy, defended the star Heat player to reporters Tuesday.

Speaking at Congressional where the U.S. Open will be held this week, McIlroy said of LeBron “I think he’s been unfairly scrutinized. Everyone is going to have bad days, if it’s on a golf course or on a basketball court. And with sports these days everything is over-analyzed, stats here, stats there, how has your team combined points in the last quarter of the Finals or whatever. It’s just one of those things.”

McIlory continued to put things in perspective. “If people keep talking about having a bad last quarter all the time, it’s going to sort of get to you,” the young golfer said. “But he’s got plenty more chances to win Finals. And I’m sure the Heat will have a chance to win it again next year.”

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14-Year-Old Golfer Lydia Ko Already Being Tracked by IMG Agency

Ready for the next hot thing in women’s sports? It’s not Isabelle Beisegel who qualified for the Canadian men’s golf tour, but 14-year-old female golfer Lydia Ko.

Ko has already finished fourth in the New Zealand Open and she was runner-up (by one stroke) in the New South Wales Open. She is also the youngest player to make the cut in a Ladies European Tour event (she did it when she was 12). The New Zealander plans to play in the British Amateur Championship this week before attempting to qualify for the US Amateur Championship in July.

Ko is an amateur so she has been unable to pocked the $50,000 she would have earned in prize money based on her finishes in tournaments this year. Luckily her trips have been funded by the New Zealand Golf trust so far, helping her keep her amateur status. But when she does eventually turn pro, IMG, the sports agency that represents Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, and Michelle Wie, will have interest.

David Rollo, vice-president of IMG’s golf division, told Sunday News in New Zealand that Ko is “definitely on the radar.” Rollo added that he’s “had emails on her from our guys who look after our female athletes and LPGA players in the United States. She’s very young right now but obviously someone who has got a very, very bright future in front of her.”

IMG, nor any other agency, is allowed to formally speak with Ko until she turns professional. Last week in an interview with The New Zealand Herald, Ko’s coach Guy Wilson said he would like her to remain an amateur until 2014 or 2015.

Even though Ko’s game may be advanced and marketers may be eager to sign her up, they’ll have to be patient. And whether or not Ko is the next Michelle Wie remains to be seen. How Lydia does in her upcoming tournaments will let us know how close she is to being able to compete professionally. Until then IMG and the other business giants will have to sit tight and dream of the ways they’ll be able to exploit her.

Photo Credit: Paul Crock, AFP