Rory McIlroy's 2011 U.S. Open victory was dubbed "historic," and it wasn't hyperbole. The 22-year old Northern Irishman completed another under-par round on Sunday, and was able to top several U.S. Open records in the process. He didn't get all of them, but he did get some.
McIlroy broke the record for the lowest score at a U.S. Open, doing so in a landslide. His 16-under par score was four strokes higher than Tiger Woods, who had previously set the record at Pebble Beach in 2000. He also set another major record with the lowest aggregate score in the tournament. His four-round stroke total of 268 topped Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Jim Furyk, who all were at 272.
Those ended up being the only two scoring records McIlroy broke, but he threatened several others. He was three strokes behind Woods for the lowest score in a Major (Woods was -19 at the 2000 British Open), and three strokes behind Davis Love III for the lowest stroke total (Love finished with a 265 at the 2001 PGA Championship). Most impressively, McIlroy only three-putted once the entire weekend, and while this isn't something that is tracked, that's probably a record too.
For more on the 2011 U.S. Open, visit this StoryStream and Waggle Room.