McIlroy made his bones in 2010 with a spectacular win at Quail Hollow that included a final-round 62 and clutch play at the Ryder Cup.
In 2011, McIlroy took himself to the next level with a historic, eight-stroke victory at the U.S. Open. His 16-under-par 268 was the lowest score in Open history. What made this win even sweeter was the win at Congressional came just two months after McIlroy collapsed at the Masters, shooting 80 in the final round after having the 54-hole lead, but winning fans over with his grace and good humor afterward.
"I just think from the incredible low of Augusta to the incredible high of Congressional and everything that's happened since, that it's probably going to be the defining year of my career," McIlroy said in September.
Ditto. Official World Golf Ranking: 3 Wins: U.S. Open, June 2011 Major Record: Masters: T15
U.S. Open: Win
British Open: T25
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