The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/16/11 — Cliff Lee
The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/19/11 — Rory McIlroy
The Stat Line of the Night is often reserved for those who put together a wonderful statistical performances over the course of a single night, but today’s honor goes to a man who has put up some great numbers over the course of the past four days. That is the type of performance required to win one of golf’s four major championships, and it was the type of performance put forth by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy at the US Open this weekend.
McIlroy was unstoppable all weekend, jumping out to a early lead with a 6-under opening round on Thursday and he never looked back from there. In his following three rounds, he would shoot 66, 68 and 69, giving him a final score of 16-under par. That was eight strokes better than second-place finisher Jason Day, and it was also the lowest four-round score ever at the US Open.
The win comes two months after McIlroy’s memorable final round collapse at the Masters and it was obvious that the 22-year-old phenom learned something from that experience, as he never took his foot off the gas, despite his sizable lead. In the end, he would become the youngest US Open champion, post-World War II, and he also earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, June 19, 2011.