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McIlroy Named European Player of Month After U.S. Open Victory

U.S. Open winning golfer Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy at Holywood Gold Club in Belfast. Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
U.S. Open winning golfer Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy at Holywood Gold Club in Belfast. Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

July 5 (Bloomberg) -- Rory McIlroy was named the European Tour’s Golfer of the Month for June after his record victory at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy, a 22-year-old from Northern Ireland, won by eight strokes at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, for his first major title. His score of 16-under-par was the lowest in the tournament’s 111-year history, one of 12 U.S. Open records he set.

“I hope this will not be the first Golfer of the Month Award I receive after winning a major championship,” McIlroy said in a statement from the European Tour.

McIlroy, fourth in the Official Golf Ranking, is the favorite with U.K. bookmakers to win the British Open, July 14-17 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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