The course at Congressional Country Club was no match for Rory McIlroy in the 111th US Open, with the 22-year-old Northern Irishman shattering records and lacking mercy in doing so. He only let himself enjoy it during a few moments of Sunday's final round, but now that the tournament is in the books he's on top of the world.
While receiving the 2011 US Open Trophy, the youngest event champion since Bobby Jones was asked by Bob Costas whether he can play any better than this:
I coulda held a couple more putts today. Overall the whole week has been incredible. I couldn't ask for much more. So happy to be holding this trophy.
Asked whether he's aware of just how dominant his performance was, he laughed and said, "Yeah, I am. Do I know how good Tiger was in 2000 to win by 15 at Pebble? I was trying to go out there today and emulate him in some way. I played great for four days, and I couldn't be happier."
"Augusta was a very valuable experience for me," McIlroy said. "I knew what I needed to do today to win, and at Augusta I learned a few things about myself and my game. I put a few different things into practice, and it paid off."
Costas asked the champ what it means to have his father by his side. "It means the world Happy Father's Day, Dad. This one's for you."
Before leaving to pose one more time with his new hardware, McIlroy informed the pubs of North Ireland to prepare the pints of Guinness. Hey, guess who's definitely getting a series of beer ads now?