McIlroy a winner, running away at U.S. Open

BETHESDA, Md. — On another brilliant day of golf, Rory McIlroy ran away with the U.S. Open title, winning by eight shots and breaking the tournament scoring record by a whopping four strokes.

McIlroy shot 2-under 69 Sunday to close the four days at Congressional at 16-under 268, shattering a U.S. Open scoring record held by four players, including Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Jason Day finished at 8 under, good for second place in his second straight major.

Two months ago, McIlroy blew a four-shot lead on the last day at the Masters. But there was never any sign of a crack in this one.

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland started the day with an eight-shot lead and it never got lower. He became the third player in U.S. Open history to break 70 in all four rounds.

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