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U.S. Open

Golf's Biggest Bouncebacks

June 24, 2011
A look back through the years at players who didn't wait long to put major (championship) disappointment behind them
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open)

The latest example is perhaps the most impressive when factoring in age. Just a couple months after one of the biggest Masters meltdowns in history, a final-round 80 to blow a four-shot lead and finish T-15, the 22-year old from Northern Ireland didn't just win his next major, he did it in historic fashion. McIlroy blitzed the field at Congressional to set the 36, 54 and 72-hole U.S. Open scoring records to win by a whopping eight shots. His milestone victory gave him a first major title and showed he wouldn't let the recent memories of Augusta haunt him in what promises to be a long and successful career ahead.
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