McIlroy makes history en route to world no. 4 ranking
June 20, 2011
Rory McIlroy won the 111th US Open Championship with a wire-to-wire win that re-wrote the record books. A final round of 69 saw him finish at 16-under-par, eight strokes ahead of closest rival Jason Day of Australia. He had record 36 hole, 54 hole and 72 hole totals and jointly holds the halfway lead record with Tiger Woods (6 strokes). His overnight eight stroke lead was never really challenged. McIlroy's first Major Championship win comes at age 22 and in just his 11th Major Championship appearance. He climbs to a careeer best fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking, a jump of four positions, and his win now means that Europeans occupy the top four places in the Ranking.
Australian Matt Zions won his first European Tour title in convincing fashion at the Saint-Omer Open presented by Neuflize OBC with a final round 69 giving him a seven shot victory. The 32 year old started the day three shots clear and was never troubled as Daniel Denison and Federico Colombo, both in the final group, carded 73 and 76 respectively, and George Coetzee, another who was three shots off the pace at the beginning of the round, signed for a 75. Zions climbs to World Number 264 an improvement of 248 positions.
This week's other winners were Mathew Goggin at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open on the Nationwide Tour and Chawalit Plaphol at the Queen's Cup on the Asian Tour.