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Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by eight shots, which was also his margin of victory in the 2011 U.S. Open. (Zach Boyden-Holmes / The Augusta Chronicle)

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Rory McIlroy won the 2012 PGA Championship by eight shots, which was also his margin of victory in the 2011 U.S. Open. (Zach Boyden-Holmes / The Augusta Chronicle)

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Rory McIlory shakes hands with 1964 champion Ken Venturi after winning the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

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Luke Donald chips his way onto the sixth green during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Luke Donald takes a shot from the sixth fairway during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Phil Mickelson waits to putt on the seventh green during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Luke Donald tees off on the seventh hole during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Bubba Watson tees off on the seventh hole during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Luke Donald (left) prepares for his shot while Bubba Watson (right)acknowledges the crowd on the sixth green during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Phil Mickelson reacts after his putt on the sixth green as he makes his way to the seventh tee during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Phil Mickelson reacts after his shot from the sixth fairway during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Phil Mickelson takes a shot from the sixth fairway during the championship round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel watches his ball in flight as he tees off at the first hole during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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U.S. Open leader Rory McIlroy arrives to tee off at the first hole during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel prepares to tee off at the first hole during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Phil Mickelson watches the flight of his ball as he tees off at the first hole during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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U.S. Open leader Rory McIlroy watches the flight of his ball as he tees off at the first hole during the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Friday, June 17, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Rory McIlroy (left) shakes hands with playing partner Phil Mickelson (right) as they make their exit from the ninth green after a day on the links, on the fourth day of the 2011 U.S. Open Congressional, in Bethesda, Md., Thursday, June 16, 2011, and the first day of competition. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)