Title Defense: Rory McIlroy Looks To Triumph At The US Open In Consecutive Years


Twenty-Three Year Old Northern Ireland golf phenom Rory McIlroy is back on U.S. soil, armed and ready to defend his 2011 U.S. Open title. The young golfer won his first major tournament last year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, putting him on the map and ultimately rocketing him up the PGA’s world golf rankings. It was an emotional scene as McIlroy’s father was on hand to watch his son during one of the most important moments of his professional and personal life. McIlroy hopes to repeat his dominance this year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

The task will not be an easy one as some of the world’s greatest golfers ascend on Northern California this weekend. McIlroy enters the tournament ranked second in the world golf rankings as he takes aim at what is often dubbed the most difficult major championship in golf to win. Since regaining his world number one title after the Wells Fargo Golf Championships, McIlroy has had an up-and-down run, failing to make cuts at three tournaments. However, last weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, McIlroy returned to true form and was in contention for the lead all the way to the final day. Using that momentum, McIlroy charges into The Olympic Club ready to regain his top spot in the world rankings and hoist the U.S. Open trophy for the second consecutive year.

While McIlroy will be focused on his golf this weekend, his supporters all around the world will be contributing to a campaign partnership between Oakley, McIlroy and the UNICEF organization. Oakley has pledged to donate $1 to UNICEF for every fan that tweets during the U.S. Open, using the hashtag #RoryReturns. As he returns to the U.S. Open to defend his title, thousands of dollars will be raised in honor of McIlroy and donated to UNICEF to aid their efforts in Haitian relief. McIlroy is a UNICEF Ambassador to the country of Haiti and looks to use this opportunity to support a country near and dear to his heart. Additionally, any time McIlroy birdies a hole during the U.S. Open, Oakley will make another $1 donation for every tweet using the hashtag #RoryBirdies.

Oakley is a proud sponsor of one of the world’s greatest golfers and is thrilled to be a part of such an important campaign. UNICEF touches the lives of millions of people around the world and Oakley is proud to partner with such a positive organization along with one of the world’s most likable, popular and generous athletes. The Oakley family wishes Rory the best of luck this weekend defending his U.S. Open championship and applauds his efforts to make our world a better place through his actions with UNICEF.


John Ohail


June 14, 2012