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FATHER'S DAY CARD; Rory glory is perfect present for dad.

Byline: Bernie mcguire

RORY McILROY took a casual stroll in the country yesterday and then handed his old man the best Father's Day gift he's ever had - the US Open trophy.

Gerry McIlroy was with his 22-year-old son every step of the way as he wrapped up a title that was virtually in the bag before a ball had been struck.

The kid from Holywood, a town in Northern Ireland, had made this prestigious event a one-man show from day one and put his name in lights in America by capturing his first Major title.

A final 69 for a 16-under total of 268 gave him the glory by eight shots.

And the added bonus was he jumps from eighth to fourth in the world rankings.

Cool After the official presentation, McIlroy said: "Happy Father's Day, dad - this one's for you.

"Overall the whole week has been incredible and I could not have asked for much more. I am just so happy to be holding this trophy.

"I know how good Tiger Woods was to win by 15 shots at Pebble Beach and I was trying to go out today and emulate him in some way. I knew what I had to do today to win but I played great all four days."

With earlier scores of 65, 66 and 68, McIlroy become one of only three players in US Open history to complete four rounds in the 60s, matching the exploits of Lee Janzen and Lee Trevino.

The youngster also broke the tournament scoring record by a whopping four strokes.

Closest challenger Jason Day of Australia finished with a 68 for 276 and McIlroy's playing partner, YE Yang, was one of a group in joint-third position that included Englishman Lee West wood.

McIlroy had blown his chance to win the US Masters in April after taking a four-stroke lead into the last day but there was never a chance of lightning striking twice as he set out to emulate fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell who had won the US Open last year.

McIlroy was super cool as he played the front nine in two under par with birdies at the first and fourth and the rest of the field knew Congressional Country Club wasn't going to be another Augusta for him.

The Ulsterman humbled course and rivals this week in a similar way to Tiger Woods - absent due to injury - in the 1997 Masters as he won his first Major at 22.

McIlroy went deeper under par than any player at any point in any US Open, matched the biggest 36-hole lead in US Open history and dazzled with shot after shot.

He opened with an eight-foot birdie putt, sank a six-footer for par at the second and dropped his approach at the fourth three feet from the cup to set up another birdie to go 10 ahead.

On the fifth, McIlroy found a bunker but blasted on to the green and nailed a 15-foot par putt. At the sixth, he barely cleared a water hazard fronting the green but made par.

Yang also birdied the ninth to gain a shot on McIlroy, who missed his birdie putt but tapped in for par to maintain an eight-shot margin.

A superb birdie two at the 218-yard 10th was undone by a bogey at the 12th but that was just a minor irritation and he parred the next two. But there was a blip at the 17th when he had a bogey five after a poor first putt.

Amazingly, this hole brought his first three-putt of the entire week.

But the magic returned at the last and he just couldn't stop smiling as he prepared for the par putt that clinched the title.

And as he walked from the green one of the first up to offer a hug was his proud dad.

McIlroy added: "For such a small nation to win two US Opens in a row is pretty special. As Graeme said last year there will be a lot of pints of Guinness going down tonight."

leaderboard (US unless stated) 268 - Rory McIlroy (NI) 65 66 68 69.

276 - Jason Day (Aus) 71 72 65 68. 278 - Kevin Chappell 76 67 69 66, Lee Westwood (Eng) 75 68 65 70, Robert Garrigus 70 70 68 70, YE Yang (Kor) 68 69 70 71. 279 - Peter Hanson (Swe) 72 71 68 67; Sergio Garcia (Spa) 69 71 69 70.

280 - Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 74 72 66, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 69 73 71 67.

281 - Brandt Snedeker 70 70 72 69, Heath Slocum 71 70 70 70, Davis Love III 70 71 70 70.

282 - Graeme McDowell (NI) 70 74 69 69, Webb Simpson 75 71 66 70, Matt Kuchar 72 68 69 73, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 74 69 66 73.

283 - Johan Edfors (Swe) 70 72 74 67, Steve Stricker 75 69 69 70. 284 - Ryan Palmer 69 72 73 70, Patrick Cantlay (a) 75 67 70 72, Bo van Pelt 76 67 68 71.

285 - Dustin Johnson 75 71 69 70, Robert Rock (Eng) 70 71 76 68, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 73 73 71 68, Gary Woodland 73 71 73 68, Brandt Jobe 71 70 70 74, Bill Haas 73 73 68 71, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 70 72 69 74.

286 - Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 74 70 74 68, Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 72 73 70 71, Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 72 70 73 71, John Senden (Aus) 70 72 72 72, Gregory Havret (Fra) 77 69 71 69, Kyung-tae Kim 69 72 69 76.

287 - Sung-hoon Kang (Kor) 74 72 70 71, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 74 70 72 71, Adam Hadwin (Can) 75 71 73 68.

288 - Lucas Glover 76 69 73 70, Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 75 71 75 67.

289 - Robert Karlsson (Swe) 79 67 71 72, Charley Hoffman 71 74 75 69, Michael Putnam 74 71 73 71, Luke Donald (Eng) 74 72 74 69, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 71 73 72 73, Chez Reavie 70 75 72 72. 290 - Alexander Noren (Swe) 75 67 74 74, Marc Leishman (Aus) 73 69 72 76, Scott Piercy 73 71 76 70.

291 - Phil Mickelson 74 69 77 71, Anthony Kim 74 72 75 70, J J Henry 72 73 76 70, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 74 72 73 72, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 74 70 74 73.

292 - Justin Hicks 74 71 76 71, Marcel Siem (Ger) 79 66 74 73, Todd Hamilton 73 72 77 70. 293 - Bud Cauley 71 72 74 76, Jeff Overton 72 72 74 75, Brian Gay 73 71 74 75, Bubba Watson 71 75 74 73.

295 - Kevin Streelman 73 73 74 75.

296 - Kenichi Kuboya (Jpn) 73 73 74 76.

297 - Alexandre Rocha (Bra) 69 76 76 76, Christo Greyling (Rsa) 72 74 75 76.

303 - Wes Heffernan (Can) 75 71 79 78.

305 - Brad Benjamin 72 73 80 80.

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WINNING SMILES: McIlroy after holing for birdie, main, with his dad Gerry on the 18th, left, and kissing the trophy, above
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