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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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Picture: Rory McIlroy Pounds Jagermeister, Continues to Own Golf World

Have I mentioned that I love Rory McIlroy?  Not lately?  Alright, well here’s a refresher.  In an era where we all got to see how much of a dirtbag Tiger Woods really is, this 22-year-old Irishman has done nothing shy of tear the golf world up.  He may have had a meltdown at the Masters last month, but that will happen to a young golfer and he seemed to take it in stride.  On top of that, his girlfriend Holly Sweeney is ridiculously hot and he has even called Tiger out before.  What more could you ask for?  Check out this picture of Rory McIlroy pounding Jagermeister:

Golf people will probably be up in arms about this, but the bottom line is he’s 22 years old (old enough to drink in the U.S.) and likes to have a good time.  Last time I checked that wasn’t a crime.  I love golf, but the stuffiness kills me sometimes.  Having guys like McIlroy around — who like to party without cheating on their wife a million times while they have kids at home — makes the game more entertaining.  It’s also a bonus that he does it without being a fat obnoxious slob like a certain John Daly.  Chest bump to Sports Crackle Pop via The Big Lead for the pic.

Rory McIlroy Tweets Picture with Charl Schwartzel in Green Jacket

Rory McIlroy continued his tour of class and positive public relations Monday by tweeting out a picture of himself with Masters winner Charl Schwartzel:

McIlroy’s words accompanying the tweet said “Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!” Like I said, pure class. Between his mature interview after blowing the Masters Sunday to this, it’s hard not to root for Rory in the future. And if you’re wondering why they were sharing a plane to Malaysia, it’s because they’re headed for the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur which is the next stop on the Asian Tour. I don’t know if Rory has a green jacket in his future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he won several majors during his career.

Rory McIlroy Handles Post-Masters Interview with Class, Maturity

Rory McIlroy led the 2011 Masters after 54 holes, but he ended up tied for 15th after a disastrous back nine in the final round. Despite the epic collapse, McIlroy showed class and maturity following the disappointing finish. Conducting what could have been an incredibly uncomfortable interview with CBS’ Peter Kostis, the youngster described his tournament as a learning experience.

“I thought I hung in pretty well in the front line, I was leading the tournament going into the back nine,” said McIlroy. “Just hit a poor tee shot on 10 and sort of unraveled from there. Just sort of lost it 10, 11, 12, and couldn’t really get it back. It’s one of those things, I’m very disappointed at the minute and I’m sure I will be for the next few days, but I’ll get over it. I have to take the positives and the positives are I led this golf tournament for 63 holes. I’ll have plenty more chances, I know that. It’s very disappointing what happened today and hopefully it will build a little bit of character in me as well.”

It could not have been easy to talk about blowing the tournament, but McIlroy did it graciously. Think about it: McIlroy entered with a four-stroke lead, triple-bogeyed on 10, and finished with a final round 80 — 10 strokes behind Charl Schwartzel. It was an epic collapse, but based on his character, it looks like McIlroy will be able to leave it in the past.

McIlroy is only 21 years old so we have little doubt he will be back. Hopefully next time he’ll be able to hold on for the win when he’s leading a major on Sunday.