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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy for photographers after his eight-stroke victory on the 18th green during the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 19, 2011, in Bethesda, Md.
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Rory McIlroy hugs his father Gerry on the 18th green after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19. McIlroy shot 2-under 69 Sunday to close the four days at Congressional at 16-under 268, shattering a U.S. Open scoring record held by four players, including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates after sinking his final putt to win the 2011 U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., on June 19. McIlroy finished at 16 under par 8 strokes ahead of Jason Day of Australia.