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Rory: I'm taking three weeks off (but I'll be back for British Open)

Golf's new superstar Rory McIlroy needs a break – and who could blame him?

The 22-year-old produced a scintillating golfing display at Congressional to win the US Open and will now take a break. But he has reassured fans, and no doubt frightened his compatriots, by announcing he'll be back in time for the Open Championship.

McIlroy, well known for his stylish golf clothing and sunglasses, stunned the golfing world last week with his phenomenal US Open win, carding rounds of 65, 66, 68 and 69 for a 16-under-par total.

That 16-under-par was four better than the previous record score, and McIlroy also became the quickest player to reach ten under.

Speaking about his new-found champion status he said: "It feels good, it feels great. It's nice to be able to call myself a major champion," he said.

"I've got three weeks off and then the British Open so I want to take it easy and let it sink in."

Talk now turns to McIlroy's future prospects, with many predicting the Northern Irishman will go on and secure a haul of major trophies.

But he has some work to do if he is to catch the most successful golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 majors during his illustrious career.

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