Wells Fargo Championship: What to Expect from Rory McIlroy over the Weekend

Daniel ZhuContributor IMay 4, 2012

Wells Fargo Championship: What to Expect from Rory McIlroy over the Weekend

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    After a disappointing T. 40 finish at The Masters, Rory McIlroy has found his footing at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    After two rounds of play, Rory is at six-under-par, tied for 13th. McIlroy fired a solid two-under-par round of 70 the first day, and followed that up with a 68 on Friday to keep him in the hunt.

    McIlroy is now six shots behind leader Nick Watney, who is sitting atop the leaderboard at 12-under-par.

    So with McIlroy's game back on track and expectations running high, let's take a look at some of things that the golfing world will expect him to bring to the ball game this weekend.

Solid Putting

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    The fact that Rory McIlroy is a great putter is undeniable.

    His smooth putting stroke, and almost perfect techniques elevates him to one of the world's most superb putters.

    From 15 feet and closer, he is virtually unstoppable, drilling in the eight- to 10-footers as if he could do it in his sleep.

    When that's added to his good lag putting and his ability to occasionally drain a 30 footer here and there, McIlroy's putting will be a formidable asset he brings.

    Thus, with the weekend approaching, McIlroy must drain in the pressure-packed putts at Quail Hollow if he is to stay in the hunt. If he can recall some of the same magic he had in 2010 when he won with a final round 62, McIlroy will be good to go.

Good Iron Play

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    McIlroy's iron game is just as superb as his flat stick.

    His silky smooth swing and the power he generates will give him a good advantage over some of the players this week.

    McIlroy has missed a few greens here and there this week, but overall he doesn't falter that much with his irons. If he can hit crisp iron shots that land on the green, McIlroy will give himself plenty of birdie opportunities that will keep him in the ball game.

Regain World No. 1

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    Rory McIlroy is currently the No. 2-ranked player in the world, and he was dethroned by Luke Donald just a week ago.

    The two top players have been playing this tug-of-war for the past few months, and so far there is no clear winner of this rivalry.

    However, McIlroy will have the chance to steal his top spot back this week if he can land a solid finish or even capture the title.

    Of course, he's six back of the leaders, but knowing McIlroy, he could go low on the weekend. You also have to consider the fact that he has top-three finishes in every single event he has played in, except the Masters.

    If he can continue the streak, then McIlroy will secure the World No. 1 ranking for yet another week.