There are no more superlatives to be written. What Rory McIlroy achieved at Congressional was nothing short of unbelievable.
Rory simply blew away the world’s best golfers to break and set records which will stand for a long time.
Ever since Rory stepped into our lives through the Darren Clarke Foundation nearly 10 years ago, we have known that he possessed a rare and special talent.
That talent turned itself into the US Open champion on Sunday evening in the shadow of America’s capital and with the golfing world wide-eyed-and-mouthed at what they had just witnessed.
To win by eight shots anywhere, anytime is remarkable. To do it at a major championship is incredible.
Comparisons with past winners and current champions are inevitable, but without doubt I believe we are entering a new era. Rory is not the new whoever, he is the first Rory McIlroy.
Those cynics who kept harping back to what happened at Augusta when Rory let a healthy lead slip away, did not appreciate the make-up of this 22-year-old. It was never going to eat into his heart and soul, it was only going to make him all the more determined to show how much he learns from his experiences. And he did in the most fantastic fashion.
It was probably ISM’s greatest week in all because all our four weekend survivors finished in the top 10. Lee Westwood was a highly creditable third considering he was four over par after round one, and both our South African major champions, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, finished alongside one another tied for 9th.
So now we hold three out of the four grand slam titles with the US PGA’s Wannamaker Trophy required to complete the set. Don’t back against it being joining the others in August.
For the moment we will enjoy Rory’s success in the belief that many more are to follow. Golf has been crying out for a new, fresh, young superstar. It’s got one now.