Time to bid you all farewell. It's been a heck of a weekend - one of the best. We'll be back in a month for the next major. Yep, the Open Championship is just round the corner. Thinking Rory could go well again at Royal St George's? He has form on links coures, having tied for third at St Andrews last year. Thanks for all the texts and tweets and let's do it all again on the Kent coast in July.
Got your bedtime mug of cocoa sorted? Good, then let's have a little look at some of the records McIlroy set this week. Lowest four-round score at the US Open, his -16 268 bettering Jack Nicklaus (1982), Lee Janzen (93), Tiger Woods (2000) nad Jim Furyk (2003). Record for most strokes under par. Quickest ever to reach -10 (after 26 holes), first player ever to reach -17, lowest 36-hole total of 131, equals biggest 36-hole lead of six shots set by Tiger Woods in 2000, lowest 54-hole total of 199, lowest 72-hole total of 268. I think you call that domination.
Jase the taxi driver in Okehampton, Devon, via text 81111:
"None of the old "he's the next Nicklaus or the next Woods" please. This is the next McIlroy!"
Westwood's playing partner Jason Day certainly did his reputation no harm with a second successive runners-up spot in a major. He was also tied for 10th in last year's PGA Championship. The 23-year-old looks destined for a bright future in the game.
A quick word for Lee Westwood,
who has finished third, or in a tie for third in a major for the fourth time. The Englishman will look back and rue that opening-round 75. Despite a 68 and 65 on Friday and Saturday, he had too much to do today and after finding the water on the par-five sixth with his second shot, he must have known 2011 wasn't going to be his year.
Well, well, well, what a week that was. Rory led from start to finish and is only the sixth man to do so at the US Open, and the first since Tiger in 2002. He's also the fifth successive first-time winner of a major.
Don't go to bed yet, there's more from Rory: "Happy Father's Day dad, this one's for you. But I have to mention my mum as well, who's back home watching. I can't thank them enough. As Graeme [McDowell] said last year there will be a few pints of the black stuff going down tonight. I know my friends will be out partying and I can't wait to get back and join them."
Rory steps forward and gives the trophy a little peck before lifting it high above his head. "I could have holed a couple more putts today," he laughs. "But the whole week has been incredible. I know how good Tiger was at Pebble in 2000 and I went out today to try and emulate him in some way. Augusta was a valuable experience. I knew what I needed to do today to win. I put a few new things into practice and it paid off."
Card checked and all seems fine as Rory reappears with a huge smile and continues to bounce in that familiar style of his back down to the 18th green for the prize giving.
FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:-16 McIlroy
-6 Chappell, Garrigus, Westwood, Yang
-5 Garcia, Hanson
No need to get the reserve father's day present out for Rory. He immediately hugs his dad Gerry before a police escort the size of which is normally reserved for presidential visits, accompanies him to the scorer's hut.
0028: RORY McILROY WINS THE 2011 US OPEN 0027:
Yang's par putt dribbles close but not in, and McIlroy has eight putts from a foot to win the US Open.
The tiresome cry of "Gerrin the hole" ring out as Rory sets his 50-foot putt away and for once they are almost prophetic as it curls in towards the hole. Surely not? Nope, just shy, but he's going to mark that.
The crowd parts to allow Yang
in and his ball is sitting nicely on the trampled grass. He flips a wedge down to the green but it doesn't threaten the hole and Day
is confirmed as runner-up.
Now steady Rors, don't want you putting this in the drink. And that's sensible. He's found the front of the green and the applause can begin. And it follows him all the way down the fairway - cracking scenes at the Congressional. And he finally allows his guard to drop. A smile in the direction of his dad and then a step aside for Yang.
Yang is almost 300 yards from the green and he's really launched into that one but it's going right, well right. Pinball golf by the Korean and the crowd is ducking and weaving as the ball smacks a couple of branches on its way into the spectators.
splashes out to five feet and Westwood, who has a slightly trickier shot as he has to traverse the ridge, plays an absolute beauty to inches. He taps that in for par and it's another top five finish at a major for the Englishman. Day
for par...silence round the 18th at Congressional...he's taking his time over this one...and it was well worth it. That's 45 bogey-free holes by the Australian.
0012: With the green clear, both Day
fire their approaches in to the sand down the right. That in turn means Yang
can tee off, although he probably wishes he could have a mulligan there. He clatters a tree down the left and although his ball ricochets back on to the short stuff, he's a long way back. McIlroy
? He's in the rough down the left.
Just six men still playing then and they're all on the 18th. Freddy Jacobson has a decent run at a birdie but has to settle for par. His round fell apart with the four-putt on 12 and his two-over round leaves him at -2. Playing partner Garrigus hunches over his putter and rolls in a par putt to cap a tremendous finish to the tournament. Five birdies on the back nine cancelling out the three bogeys on the front nine and he's in a tie for fourth at -6.
How many majors would Sergio Garcia
have won if he could putt? He's criminally left his four-footer for par on the last short and that's a bogey five and his 70 leaves him -5.
McIlroy affords himself a little smile after leaving that birdie putt halfway short of the hole. I think we can probably forgive him that. He's left with a delicate one down the slope and that's going right and it's missed. Yang
splashes out of the sand and gets his par. McIlroy
makes no mistake with the return but that's his first three-putt of the week.
You can see why Garcia
was shouting at his ball on 18 as he pushes his ball over the ridge between it and the hole and it falls down left and that's a nasty one left for par.
Par golf by Day
on 17 and you fancy Yang's
going to need a birdie to knock the Australian out of second. McIlroy
hopping about after his approach to 17 - terrible shot that. 30 feet left of the pin. Terrible.
Nice stat from David in London on text. Holes 2, 3, 7, 13 and 15 are the only ones Rory
has not birdied at some stage this week. Not only that, he's played all five of them in par.
imploring his ball to fly further than he's hit it on 18 but it either refuses, or just plain can't hear as it thuds into the centre of the green, leaving him another ridge to put over for birdie.
Back on 16 and McIlroy
, yep, you've guessed it. I don't need to finish this entry do I? The lead is nine from Jason Day
who also birdied 16 moments earlier to go to -8. Yang
can only par so Day is on course for a second successive second place in a major.
First view of Robert Garrigus and his teeny-tiny putter. The American had a poor run of three bogeys on the front nine when everyone else was knocking in birdies for fun. He's just knocked in his third successive birdie on 17 and he's back to level par for the day, -5 overall.
McIlroy nudges one down the fairway at 16 and he's in prime position to attack the pin again. Yang threads one between a couple of trees and he's also in a decent spot. A rare iron approach by the Korean and that's almost in. Beat that Rors. And McIlroy almost does. He flops a sand wedge a dozen feet past the pin and that spins back four feet past the flag.
Up at the green and Westwood
flicks out of the bunker and knocks in the birdie putt. What would Garcia
do for a birdie? Another chance goes begging on 17 and he stays at -6.
Here we go then, the last three holes of the 2011 US Open and Rory McIlroy
of Northern Ireland holds a nine-shot lead. He tugs his drive a little and he's in the sand but no worries as it's a par five so a little knock up the fairway will suffice. Yang
goes a little further left and he may be troubled by the trees.
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jay Townsend:
"It's been an amazing performance all week - a performance we have never seen before. Everybody talks about Tiger's performance in 2000 as the benchmark - but is this the best ever? It will take two years before we can put this into context. It will certainly be in a conversation or two - but in my mind, I've never seen anything like it."
going for the green in two on the par-five 16th but that comes up a little short, kicks left and finds the sand. Jason Day
also a touch short but he's on the short stuff with a straightforward up and down for birdie.
Infostrada on Twitter:
"Looks like there might not be an American in the top 5 at the usopen for the first time EVER!"
2333:FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
The enormity of what McIlroy is achieving out there looks like it's just starting to sink in. He's on course to have the lowest winning score in US Open history. Tiger Woods currently holds that crown at -12. He's looking around, drinking in the atmosphere. Yang's
completely gone. He misses the par putt and he's back to -7. Rory's lead back up to nine.
-6 Garcia, Chappell
-5 Hanson, Westwood
-4 Schwartzel, Oosthuizen, Love III, Kuchar, Garrigus
challenge is over. He finds sand with his drive on 15 and has to chip out. McIlroy
, finally looking a little more relaxed, pings his iron into the heart of the green and that's just what he's done all week. Yang wedges to the back of the green and he's got a six-footer just for par.
It's not Westwood's
day. Again. He leaves the birdie putt out right and that's a fourth successive par on 15. He's one over for the back nine and stuck at -5.
lays up on the par-five 16th but then lobs his wedge well over the pin and gets no action on the ball. That's going to be a tricky 30-footer up and over a ridge for birdie.
A quick look at Westwood
on 15. He's parred the last three and is level for the day. He's hit a solid approach into the green and he's got a birdie opportunity there though from 20 feet.
While that is going on, McIlroy
shaves the hole with his birdie attempt on 14. His par is matched by Yang
who rolls in from three feet, having played a delightful chip and run from just short of the green. Holes running out for the Korean.
Low amateur winner is Patrick Cantlay
of the USA. The 19-year-old birdied 17 before parring the last to complete a round of 72 to add to a 75, 67 and 70 and a level par finish.
six iron up the hill to 14 and that's safe. He doesn't look too thrilled by it but a quick word with his caddie and the smile soon returns. He's about 30 feet away and he sets off with that bouncy little walk of his, acknowledging the strained chants of "let's go Rory" that are echoing through trees.
No hanging about on the 14th tee and Yang's
let one go there. That's disappeared deep into the foliage. McIlroy
takes out the three metal and pings one straight up the middle. Glorious sound off the clubhead. Five to play, safe to say we're looking at the champion yet?
for birdie and steady on son, he's raced that one a good four feet by. Don't back-to-back bogey Rory. What was I thinking? Course he wouldn't do that to us. Safe as houses that return and he stays at -16, eight clear of Yang
and nine ahead of Jason Day
Adam in Manchester, via text 81111:
"Re John in Southampton, from my experience that would be quite a useful book to have! I reckon that would sell quite well to us amateurs!"
dropping back with his first bogey of the day, on the par-four 17th. He joins Sergio
and America's Kevin Chappell
, who is five under for the round, on -6.
Par three time for Yang and McIlroy who have been waiting on the tee for a few minutes while Day
complete their pars on 13. The wait does not faze Rors
who fires another one at the pin and he'll have a 10-footer for birdie. Yang
a little more conservative, but on the dancefloor with a good 35 feet to go.
Last year's Open champion Louis Oosthuizen bogeys 17 but that's the only blemish in his round of 67 and he finishes on -4.
is back to -16. That was only his fourth dropped shot of the tournament - the other three coming courtesy of a double on 18 in round two and a bogey on 10 yesterday.
A collectors item on 12 as McIlroy
misses a green in regulation. He chases a chip and run five feet past - a tester for par. Yang's
par putt is about an inch after he comes within a whisker of atoning for that bogey on 11. Here's McIlroy
...and that runs past the left edge and keeps going a good three feet but no drama as he takes one look and knocks it into the centre.
ends his defence of the title with a par at the last and he's in for a second consecutive round of 69 and a two-under-par finish.
FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jay Townsend:
"If he pars his way in this will go down in history as the greatest ever US Open performance"
-7 Hanson, Day
-6 Garcia, Chappell
-4 Schwartzel, Oosthuizen, Kuchar, Jacobson
John in Southampton, via text 81111:
"I wonder if Freddy Jacobson has ever read the worst selling golf instruction book in history "How to address your fourth putt" - Good reaction though"
2248: Freddie Jacobson's
round takes a turn for the worse. He finds the par-four 12th in regulation, but four-putts for a double bogey. Yep, four putts and he's level for the day, -4 overall. The Swede retains his sense of humour though, waving and smiling to the galleries. His Swedish compatriot Henrik Stenson
needs a bit of medical assistance after destroying an iron on 15. He tugged his approach into the rough and took out his frustration on the poor club which bit back as it snapped in two. A free lesson for us all.
for birdie on 11 - yes it's a 40-footer but the way he's been playing this week and that just pulls up short. A wry smile from under his cap and that's another tricky hole completed in par. Yang
dropping as his chip for par finishes five feet away but that's a decent putt for bogey.
Europeans on the move at the moment, Garcia
in for a second successive birdie on the par-three 13th, he's liked that hole this week with three birdies, and he's up to -6. Sweden's Peter Hanson
putting together a tremendous round. He's just eagled 16 to go to six under for the day and a tie for third on -7.
with his approach to 11 and he's leaning left which usually means the ball is going right and we all know what's lurking right of the green on 11? Yep, he's one bounce in the pond. McIlroy
settles over his iron shot and that's just fine. Left edge of the green, 40 foot putt coming up.
Give over. Sergio
evoking the memory of Ballesteros with a sublime chip in for birdie on 12 to go to -5. Extraordinary shot. Back on 11 and Westwood
is going the other way. He's out the bunker but missing the five-foot par putt. He's back to -5
thwacking his second out of deep rough on the par-four 12th and he's pinged that through the back of the green and into a little closely mown hollow. Not an easy up and down from there for the Spaniard who is at -4 after coming off the back of a bogey on 11.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel
in with the low round of the day - a five-under-par 66 and he's the clubhouse leader on -4.
2228: WestwoodFINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
pulls his approach to 11 to the left - that water on the right of the green stopping anyone going at the pin which is tucked over on that side and Day
follows him into the sand.
-6 Jacobson, Westwood
-5 Oosthuizen, Hanson, Chappell
-4 Schwartzel, Garcia, Kuchar
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jay Townsend
on McIlroy's effort on the par-three 10th: "It's a very dangerous shot. That was a fabulous result."
Unbelievable scenes as Rory walks round the lake to the green - there's about 40,000 spectators going crazy. He acknowledges, ambles nonchalantly up to his ball and blows it in and he's at -17 Yang, a bit closer than I thought at about four feet and he drops it in to go to -9. Lead remains at eight, with eight to play.
with a hybrid off the tee and that's arrowing towards the flag. Bang. Six feet. McIlroy
up next and he's looking anxiously after that one. Not sure why as that lands 10 feet over the flag and then gravity takes over as the ball begins to roll backwards. Go on ball, go on...ooooohhhh that's stopped about six inches from the hole. Tap in birdie and the 10th at Augusta is parked.
who finished second at the Masters a couple of months ago, from five feet and that hits the back of the cup. He's on his own in third on -7.
a little long with his tee shot on 10 and he's going to have a speedy chip back down to the hole. Day
a little closer and he's on the right level. McIlroy waiting patiently back on the tee. A couple of sips of water. Westwood
elects to putt out the second cut of rough and he's tickled that to a couple feet - excellent shot.
That par for McIlroy
means he completed the front nine in all four rounds in 11 under par - with no bogeys. Outstanding scoring.
FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:-16 McIlroy
-6 Jacobson, Westwood, Day
-5 Garcia, Kuchar, Oosthuizen, Chappell, Hanson
first to putt and he rolls in for birdie and he's at -8. McIlroy
also for birdie and he's not hit that one. It dribbles to the side of the hole but that's a safe par. Nine down, nine to play. Remember the 10th at Augusta? This tee shot coming up is arguably more difficult.
Up on 10 and Jacobson
finds the green, but he's got a treacherous 35-footer. It's on its way, up and over the ridge and down, down, down and past by seven feet - at least it's uphill on the way back.
Don't want to curse the 22-year-old but when will he start relaxing and enjoying this? Nine clear with nine-and-a-half holes to play. Up on the green, Westwood
has birdied from eight feet and is back at -6. He shuffles off and McIlroy
fires another wedge at the pin, a bit of spin and he's a dozen feet from going to -17.
Couple of tears from Ash as he hangs up his texting fingers. But we have no time for that. Here's Yang
laying up on the par-five ninth. McIlroy
follows suit. No need for heroics here. Sensible.
OK folks. These are officially my last ever words on a BBC live text commentary. Not really that important as a boy called McIlroy
is 10 holes away from achieving something quite grand. A pleasure to work on such an amazing event. I'll let Scrivener guide you towards the finish line. Thank you. Night.
Yang and McIlroy both bag pars on the eighth. All very comfy for the Holywood star so far.
Garcia bags a birdie at last. Eight pars and now his birdie to move the Spaniard on to -5. While Edfors
ends his stunning round with a bogey but it's still a 67. -1 for the Swede.
Louis Oosthuizen gets another birdie to move onto -5. Incredible noise on the eighth tee. I think they've shipped in a cage of monkeys. Or my three sisters. Some crazy shrieks as McIlroy thwacks his ball down the fairway. By the way, I'm not calling any of my sisters monkeys, just that they shriek a lot. That's all.
Another birdie from Jacobson
and he's levelled with Yang
on -7. Three under for the day for the Swede. Yang is on his knees as his ball loops to the left just as it looked as it was heading into the cup. McIlroy
crouches, has a second look at the line, gets down, very relaxed, and it curls around the right side of the hole. Another par. -16. Lead is nine with 11 holes left. Solid.
Please note that BBC Radio 5 live
is a go-go, taking over from sports extra. Get your cans on, laptops and mobiles out...let's make this a multi-media experience. How we doing folks? Not too many scares so far. Who are you fancying to make a late burst? Text or tweet.
I'd love to hear from you. Any Holywood peeps going mental yet? Or are you all keeping it cool?
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jay Townsend:
"The first time McIlroy looked uncomfortable was with that wedge shot into six, but he two-putted for par. He was 15 yards short of where he wanted to land that ball and that was all down to nerves."
After his watery bogey on the sixth, Westwood
misses a birdie chance and settles for par on the par-three seventh. -5.
Hearts are pounding out there. McIlroy fires in towards the sixth green and a mis-hit sends it spiralling the watery stuff, the ball thinks about it, waves it goodbye and lands just two feet on to the bank. That could have set off a few flutters. Yang meanwhile is on the green and he nails his putt for his first birdie of the day. -7 for Yang
survives with a par. That could have been a bit of a story-changer. But the Northern Irishman rumbles on. 12 holes to go.
A rare smile from Garcia
as he lofts a cracker to within four feet on the eighth. His card shows seven pars so far. Jason Day
bags a much-needed birdie to move on to -6 as Jacobson
pars the par-three seventh to remain on -6.
FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:-16 McIlroy
-6 Jacobson, Westwood, Yang
-5 Hanson, Day
-4 Garcia, Kuchar, Oosthuizen, Chappell, Love III
bad news for Westwood
fans as he finds the water. Quack quack. Shame. And as the ball plops in it's time for Jacobson
to nail his second birdie and get on -6.
A fourth birdie by Hanson
and he's on -5. Top day for the Swede. Kevin Chappell
is another with a hat-trick of birdies and moves up to -4. And another birdie chance goes begging for Garcia.
He stays on -4.
Just so you know, a few technical problems with the sports extra radio coverage. Being sorted but BBC Radio 5 live will be certainly on at 2130 BST (UK only).
McIlroy's first putt falls 15 feet short and he looks a little frustrated. Yang's 20-footer drifts to the right. Big "Oooohhs" from the crowd. McIlroy's time for a collapse? Nahhhhh not ye - he avoids bogey as his par putt drops in. Brilliant. The crowd are loving that. He stays on -16.
Not enough weetabix for Westwood today. His birdie putt falls short and he will stay on -6. McIlroy having to fight for this one. Second shot on the fifth and he's stuck in the sandy stuff. His white trousers won't be too happy with the mess in that bunker but the ball loops out safely to the edge of the green. Still a birdie chance but he'll be delighted with par. This boy can afford a few bogeys though eh.
Lower down the table there's a boy from Sweden who is frying. Edfors
is el scorchio and gets his fourth birdie in five holes and moves to -2 with one hole to go. Way to go Johan.
Yang, donning his red trousers, pings his tee shot on to the fairway on the fifth. Kuchar
moves to even after just missing out on an eagle. A second successive birdie though which makes better reading after his double bogey on the third.
Mr Yang is Mr Consistency with his fourth par. All bunching up below McIlroy. Six on -4 and three on -5. A fair amount of dollars separating eighth and second spot I dare say. Golfing wags sitting and watching intently no doubt.
Aye aye. BIRDIE FOR MCILROY
. He moves to -16. 10 clear. He strides to the fifth, no, he bounds to the fifth. Any advice for the boy? The Americans seem to like this boy. Big cheers. I have to admit - I was expecting one of his rounds to be stinky. Almost three and a half rounds through and he's been immaculate.
The leader's prowling on the fourth and McIlroy fires one in to within 12 feet(ish). Nervous? He's positively playing with his slippers on. And here's another stat from Infostrada
- McIlroy could become the third player in US Open history to have all four rounds in the 60s and first since Lee Janzen (1993).
A few of you banging on my door wanting Westwood news. After his opening birdie his flow has been stemmed somewhat with three pars. Not good enough with the way scoring is going right now. Not to mention trailing the leader by nine. Three pars for Aussie Jason Day
and he sits on -5.
Remember the boy Rock? A round of 68 leaves him on +1 with today's card possessing three birdies and an eagle. Great effort this week from Robert after his visa and travelling madness to even make it to Congressional.
The man who said yesterday: "McIlroy's got more talent in his pinkie than I have in my whole body" - Snedeker - gets his third birdie and he's on a bit of a roll and glides up to -4 after nine holes. Another birdie for Peter Hanson
and he's on -4.
Yang's birdie putt on three tries going round the backdoor but the door's closed and it sits behind the cup by about a foot. McIlroy's ball dribbles towards the hole and bobbles to the right...nice follow-up distance though and he easily knocks in his par. -15. Lead still nine. He looks like a man playing pitch and putt on holiday. Relaxed, yet quietly swaggery.
RooKnight on Twitter:
"McIlroy has deserved everything he gets here today. He's played golf that a 22 yr old Tiger Woods would have looked up to"
The focus obviously with McIlroy, Yang
and the chasing pack but if there's someone you want me to dig out some info on then please let me know.
It's birdie o'clock as Louis Oosthuizen
gets his fourth in 10 holes and moves to -4. Westwood
has another chance for birdie on the third but the ball just bends short. Agonising. He'll stay on -6.
Yang's ball kisses the lip and stays out. McIlroy is cooler than a cool thing. Never in doubt. Par. He stays on -15. 16 holes to go. 16 pars would do it.
McIlroy has a teasing putt on the second green and he pulls up short by about 12 feet. Tough putt for par coming up. And a fifth birdie for Stricker
- he moves to -5.
Garcia has to settle with three opening pars to stay on -4. McDowell
meanwhile is making a march. Three birdies in four holes and he's onto -3. He couldn't could he?
Still 17 holes to go I know and I do NOT want to provide the kiss of death to R-Mac. But here's an early request for headlines if McIlroy wins in four hours time......TWEET OR TEXT.
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Jay Townsend:
"Perfect start. If you were nervous and needed a little something to calm them, a birdie at the first is a phenomenal start."
Hold on...hold on.......Yang and McIlroy are of course still on the opener. The birdie scoring is electric. Apologies. Yang gets his par.....and BOOM. Massive cheers around the first green. BIRDIE ON THE OPENER FOR MCILROY. What a start. -15. Lead up to nine.
BBC 5 live golf commentator Jay Townsend:
"Rory will have had no say on the shirt he is wearing today. His sponsors will have decided that."
On to the second shot and McIlory
gives himself a chance for an early birdie. Promising. Garrigus
starts with a bogey and drops to -4.
Yang finds the fairway. Comfortable. McIlroy
picks out his three wood and the ball's still in the clouds.....still in the clouds....down it comes and he's safely on the short grass. Nice. Also nice for Lee Westwood.
Very nice in fact. Westwood birdies the opener. -6 and that's a dream start. Birdie for Jacobson
. -5. The scores are moving. Don't you go anywhere.
Yang and McIlroy arrive on the tee. Time for some fireworks. The waiting is over.
Please REFRESH this page to get all the right names in place. He's still defending champion - Graeme McDowell
is fighting for his life and gets two birdies and a par on the eighth to be on -2. And a third birdie for Charl Schwartzel
takes him to -2. Surge. And if you're looking for a proper surge head to the 17th and you'll see Retief Goosen
strutting his stuff after carding a third successive birdie to move to -1. -5 for the day. Three straight birdies for Edfors
as well and he's on -1. Fairways being ripped up right now.
More pars for Kuchar and Garcia
on hole two and they remain on -4.
Two more players stride up the board to -4. Korean Kyung-tae Kim
and Steve Stricker
bag birdies. Interesting. Westwood and Day introduced to the crowd. Loads of Westwood fans following their man today. Nine shots off the pace. Any hope for Lee today? And what about Aussie day? Who knows what could happen if these two tweet up a few birdies in the opening holes.
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Jacobson and Garrigus playing into the first green right now. Two pairings left to go out. at 2010 BST I offer you Westwood (-5) and Day (-5) and then it's two players you may have heard of by now......at 2020 it's Yang and McIlroy
. Rory meanwhile is practising in the sand.
Garcia remains on -4 as he pars his opening hole. Kuchar
duplicates the Spaniard's action. Also on -4.
Simon in Sussex, via text 81111:
"Am I allowed to confess that whilst I'm glued to your live updates on my phone, im also watching the golf on the box briefly whilst the wife is putting our monsters to bed. Cameras pointing on both Westwood and RMac warming up. One looks experienced and confident & the other looks a tad nervous.... C'mon Rory, get the 1st drive out the way, compose yourself to shoot a 65 & make us all proud."Nope - no confessions allowed here. What sort of service do you think we're offering?
A reminder on wireless coverage. BBC Radio Five live sports extra
from 2015 BST. Then live coverage switches to BBC Radio Five live
from 2130 BST.
Out of the chasing pack currently playing after a piece of McIlroy, it's Steve Stricker
who's making a mini-move. The American cards his third birdie of the day to move up to -3 after seven holes. Impressive. Henrik Stenson
also on -3 after a birdie and a par.
The brightest red outfit you're ever likely to see. And when i see red - I mean a brighter shade of red than the colour of your postman's van. Incredible. But the Japanese young star nails his sixth birdie today to rise up to +1 with one hole to play. Astonishing.
It's great to be back in the hotseat on this memorable day. Whatever happens in the next five hours it's going to be rammed full of drama. Garcia and Kuchar
tee off. McIlroy
all smiles on the practice range and he's just an hour away from starting his final pursuit for the big one. Can he do it?
A pretty good day so far for Luke Donald
. Not a great four days but today the world number one has bagged five birdies and two bogeys. Can he finish on a high? Ummmmm his ball hits the drink on the 18th. The ball even does one of the stone-skimming tricks and skips across the water surface before falling to a watery grave. What are the chances of a large fish popping up and head-butting it out on the grass? Let's see....negative. He ends up with another bogey and scores a 69 to finish on +5.
Time for me to take a little breather. Here's Mr Mark Ashenden. I'll be back a little later to hopefully call Rory to victory.
Almost forgot Mickelson
on the 18th. You may recall he'd just hit the high-handicapper shot of the day, flicking a bunker shot clear over the green and into the water. A chip and a putt and he's in for a double bogey six. A level-par 71 leaves him +7 for the tournament.
Sweden's Robert Karlsson
stutters into the back nine with bogeys on the tricky par-three 10th and just as tough par-four 11th. His compatriot Henrik Stenson
gets under way with a birdie on the first and he's tied for ninth on -3.
Reigning Open champion Louis Oosthuizen
enjoying a decent final day, he's just birdied four and five and he's at two under, as is America's Steve Stricker
, the world number four picking up shots at three and five.
One lucky Dad, Garry in Whitby, via text 81111:
"I got a new R11 driver from my girls." Not jealous. At all. Not one bit.
Another couple of birdies from Ishikawa
, on 14 and 15, and the Japanese disaster fund benefits to the tune of another £1,500. He's at three under for the round, +2 for the tournament. Meanwhile, McIlroy strolls down to the driving range. His caddie JP Fitzgerald trailing behind with a couple of baskets of balls. They don't look to have the red stripes on that my local range are so fond of.
Defending champion Graeme McDowell
of Northern Ireland is away with three pars but that's a lovely wedge into the fourth and he'll have that 12-footer for birdie.
Richard (desperate to get back on the course, but there's not one in this entire country), via text 81111:
"I'm staying in a farmhouse, high in the Georgian Caucasus mountains following the commentary, rooting for Rory to win well today."
1919: Brad Benjamin
will have the dubious honour of being last at the 2011 US Open after the American fired a second successive nine-over-par 80 to record a +21 total.
on the last and oh my word he's lobbed that in the water. Apologies, let me explain that a little clearer. That was straight out of my school of bunker play. He was in the bunker front right and he's launched that straight over the pin, over the green and into the lake. Summed up his week I guess.
tees of in an hour. He's in the penultimate pairing with Australia's Jason Day
. Sweden's Freddie Jacobson
, who shot a stunning 66 yesterday, is out with the man with the impossibly short putter, Robert Garrigus
at 2000. Ten minutes before them it's Sergio Garcia
and Matt Kuchar
and YE Yang
last out of course. They will be teeing off at 2020 BST. We'll have radio commentary on 5 live sports extra from 2015 and then on 5 live from 2130. I'll give you another nudge a little closer.
What do golfers eat for tea on the eve of the last day of a major? Here's Lee Westwood
, who dined with Rory last night: "We had steak and talked, not about golf, but plenty of other things. It's up to Rory who wins the tournament. Rory should win but I've got to control what I can, shoot a low score and put some pressure on him." And on the pressure of majors, he added: "It's very intense. You want it a lot, the pressure increases by a large margin." On what he needs to score: "You can't predict the future, we're not mind readers. I've got to shoot the lowest score possible, then it's up to Rory."
Late surge from Mickelson
who has birdied 14, 15 and 17 to get to two under for his final round. Way, way back on +5 although, he'll still get one of the best receptions of the week as he strides down the last.
Alex, via text 81111:
"Not a soul mentioning Jason Day. As an Aussie I have backed him at the start for each way finish. Rory with a different accent."
And as I type that, Havret
birdies his fourth in succession and he's at level par. Sewden's Robert Karlsson
also in for a fourth birdie on the front nine and he too is at level par.
Europeans continuing to climb the leaderboard. France's Gregory Havret
, who was second to 2010 winner Graeme McDowell, birdies six, seven and eight to reach +1.
Talking of Rory
, here's a quick word from a confident-sounding US Open leader: "I have to approach today like yesterday. I had a big lead going into yesterday and I set myself a couple of little targets to take my mind off the leaderboard and everything going on around me." On his Dad being there: "It's been nice to have breakfast wth him every morning and talk about the day ahead and how I'm feeling. He's always so positive and it's nice to have those reassuring words in your ears when you're going out to play." On last night's dinner with Westy: "He's going to be trying to go out there and post a number but I can't pay any attention to what anyone else does. If I go about my business Ill probably be very hard to beat."
The best father's day present in the world? Rory could be delivering it to his dad Gerry in about six hours time. I wonder if he's got something else in reserve, just in case mind.
Nick Hollis on Twitter:
"Daughter perfoming at Her Majesty's from half 7, would it be rude for me to refresh the moblie quietly? Would hate 2 miss anything"
By my reckoning, just 14 of the 52 players out on the course are over par for the day. Have the USGA set this course up for low scoring to give the chasers a chance, conveniently forgetting that McIlroy has shot 65, 66, 68 so far?
Rory in Holywood (yes, really), via text 81111:
"Anyone fancy meeting at the maypole in Holywood at midnight for a champagne victory dance ?!! Come on Rory my son!!"
Chris in Horsham, via text 81111:
"For father's day, I got my dad a mug with golf pictures all over it. He loved it."
strolling through the car park. Looks like he's not got a care in the world as he flashes a smile to the camera. YE Yang
also looking relaxed as he plays with his three kids. Lee Westwood
wary as a police dog snaps at a toy for his owner.
As a high handicapper I have to be a little careful how I word this but the front nine seems to be playing incredibly EASY! South Africa's Retief Goosen (+1)
is the latest to whizz through in three under par. The Goose won the US Open in 2001 and 2004 - both times he shot -4.
Lots of dads getting golf balls this year. Anybody get anything more exciting? I know, I know, it's the thought that counts and kid's pocket money doesn't stretch that far. Surely those nippers have been creative in these hard-up times?
A MrSangmoo Bae
has been ripping up the course this afternoon with five birdies on his front nine. Not quite killed the back nine, but he's parred his last six holes. I wonder if Mr YE Yang will be lurking at the back of the 18th to garner a few tips from his fellow South Korean.
Co. Down woman, via text 81111:
"Since i see a few comments about people who met Rory, i thought i'd jump in with my story..when i was in placement year at uni in '07 i went to holywood for my lunch one day and stopped my car at a zebra crossin to let him cross the road. "
Anon, via text 81111:
"I've just got back from a family holiday in Spain with our 2 kids and (pregnant) wife this afternoon. Ive been glued to your live service on my phone for 48 hours, so a big thank you for keeping me in the loop. My 2 year old has just taken an overdose of jammy dodgers and my 4 year old is climbing on the table in a spider man outfit. I cant wait for kiddies bedtime so i can focus on Rory. I SO hope he does it. And by a country mile."
Right, if that last tweet has not put the mockers on Maccers, then nothing will. Quick update from the bottom of the leaderboard and five-time bridesmaid Mickelson
has birdied 14 and he's back level for the day. His fellow American, Brad Benjamin
and Canada's Wes Heffernan
are propping up the field on +19 - they are both playing the 18th and probably looking forward to settling down in the clubhouse with a wee dram as they watch this evening's drama unfold.
Infostrada on Twitter:
"McIlroy can become 3rd player in usopen history to have all 4 rounds in 60s, joining Lee Trevino (1968) and Lee Janzen (1993)"
The likes of Lee Westwood and YE Yang will be heartened by the number of birdies flying in already today as they know they are going to have to shoot mid 60s at worst to have any chance of catching Rory McIlroy. I bet young Rory's not too fussed to see the course playing relatively easy though. Sweden's Robert Karlsson
another going in the right direction. He's birdied three of his first five holes to get to +1.
David, Dave, Suzi, Jacky, Mayor Richard, Coco, Chan and Anushka aka The Committee, via text 81111:
"Michael from Hounslow. Could you sell your dad's unwanted putter and give the proceeds to the Isleworth Bike Shed Disaster Fund as it is a local cause for you? Thanks"
robbieat on Twitter:
"Loving the pairings (re 16:31). Glover & Rock and McDowell & Frazer sound like maverick cop duos - cue the golf buggy chase"
Solid as a. Robert Rock
eagles the par-five sixth and he's picked four shots in three holes to move to +1. He's our leader out on the course. Only 15 behind Rory.
Another £750 in the Japanese earthquake fund, courtesy of Ryo Ishikawa's
latest birdie. The 19-year-old has made 13 so far in the tournament. Unfortunately, he's made a few more bogeys this week and is at +3 overall.
Michael in Hounslow, via text 81111:
"I bought my old man a brand new putter last year for Father's Day as he had been using the same old flat stick for 20 years. He hasn't used his present once. Said his putter was ten times better. So I got him nothing this year. That'll teach him"
A little late you feel, but world number one Donald's on a birdie blitz. That's three in his last four holes, including a two at the notoriously tough par-three 10th, to move him to two under for the day, but still back at +5 for the tournament.
Neil in Lichfield, via text 81111:
"Had lesson off rocky when he was a young pro in staffordshire, a smashing lad who deserves his belated success"
We've got about two-and-a-half hours until Rory gets out there - as yesterday, the time will fly if you get involved using the hashtag at
) OR if you prefer your phone then text 81111
(UK) with GOLF before your message.
Solid front nine from Italy's Matteo Manassero
. The 19-year-old birdied the par-five sixth and has parred the other eight to turn one under - he's +5 for the tournament and you feel his time will surely come.
How's your day been then? A new pair of golf shoes were thrust in my face by my kids at some unearthly hour this morning. Pristine white, not sure when I'll get chance to get them dirty. Any other golfing related father's day gifts floating around? I want to know them all.
A wee manual refresh if you'd all be so kind to get text commentating names in the right places. I'll open with Staffordshire's finest Robert Rock banging in a brace of birdie on four and five. He's up to +3 for the tournament.
There you have it. My phase One is complete. I will be back tonight. Thank you for your company. And as Harrington
bangs in a birdie on the first to get within 16 shots of McIlroy
I'll hand over to Scrivener. See you later.
Top tennis star Rafael Nadal
likes his golf and takes time out from his Wimbledon preparation to talk about Rory McIlroy
: "Seriously, it's fantastic watching him what he's doing in this tournament. I will be supporting him this afternoon, because I think he deserves the title. He's playing better than other one. He had a very tough fourth round of Augusta this year, and he deserves to win a major because, in my opinion, right now he's playing at a different level than the rest." Fair enough Rafa.
My colleague Peter Scrivener
is buffing up his keyboard and painting his nails as he prepares to slip into the live text throne. Before he does, I want to pass on some words from a tennis near-legend talking about a potential golfing legend.....Ready?
Birdies from Retief Goosen
and Robert Karlsson
and they both move to +3.
Bobby 'Jobbie' McLeod in Glasgow, via text 81111:
"Tony Blackburn once called me Jobbie on the radio when we visited his studio when he misheard my real name, Bobby. Unfortunately, as I'm from Glasgow, Jobbie is not a great nickname and my mates have never let me forget it and call me it to this day"Special text that one.
Impossible to keep across every player but if there's somebody you want info on then chuck me the names. I am your servant.
Sue in Hampshire, via text 81111:
"An update on Luke would be good, please."OK......a lively eight holes so far for sure. Birdie, par, bogey, par, par, bogey, birdie, par. He's on +7 and probably already thinking about what type of nuts he'll be asking for on the plane in the morning.
Young, shirts brighter than my gran's marigolds and clearly a player with a lively future on the fairways. Japan's Ryo Ishikawa
bags two successive birdies and he moves up to +4.
Anybody hoping for 18 birdies from Phil Mickelson
and a surge up the table will be a little disappointed. Eight pars and a bogey and the great man is on +8.
Anon, via text 81111:
"We are all settling down for a night of golf cheering on Rory to ease the pain of our bike shed that got burnt down! C'mon Rory!!! All the committee of the Isleworth Bike Shed Disaster Fund."I wish you luck with your endeavours.
Some sweet words by BBC Sport commentator Peter Alliss
talking about Rory McIlroy:
"Today is a day of clear thinking. He has to know when to attack and defend. He could probably win with a 74 but that's not the way to think. He plays so briskly and he has the great ability to hit the ball straight. His caddie will play a big part. He appeared to be missing a trick at Augusta. Nobody would be happier than I if he was to win. It is a glorious opportunity to go forward and win a championship. I'm rather tired of everyone bringing up his collapse at Augusta. Hopefully he'll put all those things on one side. He'll be feeling nervous but a few deep breaths, look down the first fairway, make a nice swing and get the ball rolling. Go about your business quietly and confidently and enjoy it. I'm fed up with modern cliches about taking each shot as it comes. Hit the fairways, hit the green and don't three putt and he'll be champion." Enough said from the great man.
An opening birdie by Michael Putnam
gets him up to +4. Anthony Kim
continuing his form with a third birdie that takes him to +5. Six pars and a birdie gets Matteo Manassero
to +5. A mixed bag by 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa
- two pars, bogey and a birdie and he's on +5.
Mark in Ballyclare, via text 81111:
"Unlike most Norn Irish people who claim to be Rory's best mate today, I once just saw him walking out of the cinema in front of me. It was Lord of the Rings. He never spoke to me!"
Shoulders in Glenview Heights, Belfast, via text 81111:
"All the best to Rory today. I happened to meet him on holiday, where he told me I had 'massive shoulders'. I have since been known, quite affectionately, as 'Shoulders'.."That is the finest nickname ever. Anybody else with a nickname handed to them by a sporting star or celebrity?
A good start by Justin Hicks
with the birdies in four holes and he jumps up to +6. CRIPES - a massive mention for Korean Sangmoon Bae
. Five birdies in nine holes and he's up to +3. What a bloomin' cracking opening nine holes that is. 17 more birdies and he'll be level with the leader. Brilliant.
Sorry folks. Back to the fairways....
That of course is nonsense. Raging dragons and a herd of wild cows wouldn't bring this live text commentary to a halt. Regarding radio coverage - Five Live Sports Extra
gets going at 2015 BST and then live coverage switches to BBC Radio Five Live
from 2130 BST.
Graeme in Wetherby, via text 81111:
"Afternoon Mark. Can you confirm will we be getting live text commentary right til the end?"I'm afraid there will be no live text commentary from the 15th hole. Sorry.
A quick reminder of the tee times coming up. 1630 - Glover and Rock.
1720 - Harrington and Kaymer
. 1830 - Oosthuizen and Stricker
. 1840 - McDowell and Frazar
. 1850 - Zach Johnson and Snedeker
. 1950 - Garcia and Kuchar
. 2000 - Jacobson and Garrigus
. 2010 - Westwood and Day
. 2020 - Yang and McIlroy.
Stinky starts for Mickelson and Bubba Watson.
Lefty makes five pars and then lands a bogey on the par-five sixth. Bubba meanwhile sinks to +9 after three pars and a double bogey on the fourth.
Anthony Kim now firing up the leaderboard - well sort of. A pair of birdies though and the American is up to +6.
Tommy G in Casaeldona, Belfast via text 81111:
"I used to muck around with Rory at da pitch and putt a few years back. Would just like to say, focus on da key areas and bring home da trophy for ur m8"Loving 'da' chat.
Yours, the editor of Zoo......via text 81111:
"Hey Marky Mark (Glos). Calm down and no need to insult Zoo!"
In contrast, a whole bag of squidgy fireworks fizzing out of the bag of Japan's Kenichi Kuboya.
His card reads bogey, bogey, bogey, par. He's on +10. His 19-year-old compatriot Ryo Ishikawa
just teeing off now. This is the lad with the world's biggest sporting motif on his hat. The brightest boldest walking advert on the planet. He's on +5.
A few fireworks coming out of the bag of Korean Sangmoon Bae.
Three pars and two birdies. He moves up to +6. Only 20 shots behind McIlroy now. The comeback is on.
Jonny Glengormley, via text 81111:
"Alex Higgins..George Best..Dennis Taylor...Tony Mccoy..McDowell and wee Rory.. Northern Ireland. Wee country of 1.5 mill ppl. Must be something in the water 2 make us this good!"Send us a bottle of it and I'll let you know.
James in Surrey, via text 81111:
"Would love a Rory collapse and a Westwood charge - Latin exam in the morning and need something exciting to happen so I can stay up for all of it, do it for England Westwood!!!"
Italian Matteo Manassero
had a few backers to cause a few shocks ahead of this week - a 74, 72 and 73 and an opening par leaves him on +6. Great experience for an 18-year-old though. He'll be back.
Luke Donald (or Donno in honour of my namesake in Gloucester - see entry above 1549) birdies the opening hole to move up to +6. Anybody disappointed or surprised at the lack of firepower shown by the world number one over the last four days? Burnt out, some have suggested. Would welcome your thoughts.
misterbrooke on Twitter:
"Is it wrong that most people want Rory to have a mini collapse just to make it interesting? Just a small one mind you..."Not really sure most people really do want that. I'll let the audience decide.....want a Rory collapse?
GM Organ in Bristol, via text 81111:
"Holywood has the distinction of being one of the only towns in NI with a Maypole.... but is just about to be the second town in NI with a US open winner! Go for it Rory"
Mark in Glos, via text 81111:
"Stop using stupid names for the players. This is not Zoo magazine. Just tell us what is happening you juvenile excuse for a journalist."Afternoon Mark. You get out of bed the wrong side this morning? Is this text based on my solo name change. Incredible. Tough crowd today.
GOLFING NEWSFLASH: Matthew Zions
of Australia has shot a 2-under 69 to win his first European Tour title at the Saint-Omer Open. England's Daniel Denison shared second place with Peter Gustafsson of Sweden and Craig Lee of Scotland. Zions was a runner-up at last year's Karnten Golf Open on the Challenge Tour and his previous best result on the European Tour was a ninth-place at the 2007 New Zealand Open.
mattlittlechild on Twitter:
"Maybe if the Golf Boys did less musical and more golf practice, they might have done better at the US Open. Only Bubba left at +7!"matt - if those four boys don't ever win a major between them, they will remain utter legends of the game in my eyes merely for the greatest sporting video known to man or beast. Also check out the 'making of' video. Just incredible. (If you haven't seen it, search Oh oh oh, Ben Crane + golf on YOUTUBE) If you have seen it - see it again.
Mickelson opens up with pars (+7). As does the Hoff (Charley Hoffman). Not a huge amount of birdies out there so far. Apart from these boys: Brad Benjamin
(+12), Alexandre Rocha
(+9), Todd Hamilton
(two birdies and is on +8), Anthony Kim
(+7), Sangmoon Bae
(+7), J.j. Henry
(+7) and Scott Piercy
Something else for the record. Despite having claimed two weeks ago that my live tennis text was my 'last ever' BBC live text shift, I can categorically and truthfully now claim that my words today will be the last you ever read on a BBC live text. FACT. So feel free to lambast me for my drivel, say hello or perhaps more simply, don't do anything. TEXT OR TWEET
- I'm not fussy.
Want to get involved in all of this? Feel free to tweet me with anything you like
or just get involved using the hashtag at
) OR if you prefer your phone then text 81111
(UK) with GOLF before your message.
Kim starts off with two pars. Mickelson
also stats with a par (+7). I wonder if he'll ever gets his hands on this trophy?
Helen, via text 81111:
"Just happen to be working in Holywood parish church this weekend. Fantastic place to be-staying right next door to the golf club. Make it this time Rory!"Nice to see some commitment out there in Holywood. Unlike the person on 'gate duty' at the RAF camp checking his phone for updates! I hope your shift finishes before Rory sets off at 2020 BST or Mickey Mouse will be able to sneak through those gates without any ID checks.
Al in Holywood (or about 5 miles outside it), via text 81111:
"The best boozer in Holywood (Neds) doesn't open on Sundays so it's the sofa for me!! Although the Dirty Duck will be great craic!! It'll be sone criac when Rory brings the trophy back to!! G Mac to R Mac !! Brilliant."
For the record, Westwood off at 2010. I made the assumption that you'd figure out he'd be going off just before Rory. Hey-ho. Never assume anything in this game eh. Which leads me to this - how are you Westwood fans feeling right now? Confident your boy can nibble away at McIlroy's lead and cause a few problems?
If there's one bit of praise I can throw towards Mr Wes Hefferman
today and that is he's consistent. Bloomin consistent in fact. His card reads bogey, bogey bogey.......BOOM
. And the second I type that he goes and pars the fourth. That'll teach me. Thanks for making me look a fool Wes.
My meteorological sources inform me the forecast for today at Congressional
is as follows: 26 degrees. Hardly a breath of wind. And cloudy. Sounds OK for a dabble of golf no?
Lucy in Belfast, via text 81111:
"It was all quiet at 9am when I nipped out for the obligatory green tea. But I reckon if our boy does it they'll be dancing round the maypole into the early hours"
What do you think of that little feast of fairway fireworks? Any players you're particularly keen on following today?
Anthony Kim off very shortly. Mickelson
gets going at 1510 BST. Luke Donald
and Bubba Watson
tee off at 1540. Japanese youngster Ishikawa
off at 1610. Robert Rock
- 1630. Harrington and Kaymer
- 1720. Oosthuizen and Stricker
- 1830. McDowell and Frazar
- 1840. Then it's the big run-in. With Yang and McIlroy
starting out at 2020.
I'm in danger of offending all sorts of punters with my next entry but I'm going to pull out a few of the 'bigger' names of those teeing off in the next few hours. Please don't get on my case if I don't mention your favourite player.....actually - please get on my case, I'd love to hear from you. I've got the skin of a rhino so give me your beef if you're feeling upset.
Not the brightest of starts for the opening pair. Canadian Wes Heffernan
starts his last round with two bogeys. His score now at +14. American Brad Benjamin
(does any other country have residents called Brad?) pars the par-three second to follow up his opening bogey (+13).
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
"McIlroy is on -14 at US Open - the same score as the final score of last 10 winners combined (-4, -3, -8, -4, E, +5, +5, -1, -4, E)."
But you know what? It's at least another 10 hours before we see who gets their paws on the famous silverware....there are 71 others still in this tournament you know. Let's not forget them. Final round starts NOW. Benjamin and Hefferman
are already swinging their clubs. Plenty of time for McIlroy
chitter-chatter. So what are you all up to?
The town of Holywood in Northern Ireland must be a strange place today. All the locals must be either crammed into a local boozer or packed on top of a few sofas waiting....just waiting to see if their boy - Rory McIlroy
- can hold his nerve, nail his first major trophy and kick the demons from last year's Open and the Masters two months ago right up the you know where.....Can any Holywood folk confirm?
Afternoon. 18 holes. Just 18 holes left. It's the last day of the 111th US Open, barring any electrical interference from the big man who lives above the clouds. Welcome. How we doing?