BETHESDA, Md. -- All but officially, the 2011 U.S. Open has been renamed in honor of the guy who is obliterating the record books, not to mention the world-class field.
They might not be capable of reaching a decision on Capitol Hill, but at Congressional Country Club, it's been a slam-dunk runaway.
The week's been christened the Rory Story.
Courtesy of the Golfing Union of Ireland, here's a quick fact file on 22-year-old Rory McIlroy, because if he holds on to win and claim his first Grand Slam title, he's going to become an overnight sports sensation.
1989: Born May 4, in Holywood, Northern Ireland
1998: Makes his first hole in one.
2004: Helps Europe win the Junior Ryder Cup.
2005: Becomes the youngest winner of the West of Ireland and Irish Close championships before playing in his first professional European Tour event as a 16-year-old at The Forest of Arden. In July, shoots a course-record 61 on the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush Golf Club.
2006: Retains both Irish amateur titles and in August wins the European Amateur Championship in Italy. Represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and the Amateur World Team Championship.
2007: May - Makes the cut in a European Tour event for the first time at the Dubai Desert Classic .... Shoots 3-under 68 in the Open Championship at Carnoustie, the only bogey-free round of the day. He goes on to finish T42 and is low amateur .... Part of Great Britain & Ireland team for the Walker Cup .... After topping the amateur rankings, McIlroy turns professional. He makes the cut in his first professional event at the British Masters and finishes third in his second pro event, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The following week, he secures his card for the 2008 season by finishing T4 at the Madrid Open. He finishes 2007 in 95th place on the European money list.
2008: Takes a four-shot lead into the final round at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland but bogeys the 18th to tie with Jean-Francois Lucquin, who goes on to win in a playoff. Finishes the season in the top 100 of the world rankings and ranked 36th on the European Tour Order of Merit .... Finishes second in Hong Kong Open, helping him attain his highest world ranking position of 50, making him the youngest player ever to make the top 50. A T3 finish in the South African Open earns him an invitation to the Masters for 2009, only 18 months after turning pro.
2009: Wins first professional title at the Dubai Desert Classic by one shot from Justin Rose, lifting him to 16th in the world ranking. Plays his first major as a professional at the Masters and finishes T20 .... Makes his U.S. Open at Bethpage debut and finishes 10th .... Finishes T47 at the British Open and T3 at PGA Championship .... Finishes second to Lee Westwood in the Race to Dubai and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking.
2010: Takes up membership on PGA Tour and in May wins the Quail Hollow Championship with a course-record, closing 62, becoming the first player since Tiger Woods to triumph on the U.S. tour prior to his 21st birthday .... Shoots a 9-under-par 63 in first round of British Open at St Andrews, tying the record for lowest round ever posted at a major. He finishes T3 and climbs to No. 7 in the world at age 21 .... Finishes T3 at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after co-leading late on Sunday .... Announces his intention to forego PGA Tour card and return to the European Tour in 2011.
2011: Holds third-round lead in Dubai, but closes with 74 to finish T10 .... Takes four-shot lead into final round of the Masters but closes with an 80 to finish T15 .... Takes eight-shot lead into final round of U.S. Open at Congressional.