Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green before his final putt to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green before his final putt to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)