US Open Golf 2012: Why Rory McIlroy Will Win Second Straight Title

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJune 9, 2012

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 09:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the par 4 7th hole during the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind on June 9, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy was the champion at the 2011 U.S. Open, and he will equal his success at this year’s tournament.

Last year, he unleashed the most impressive U.S. Open performance in history. When the tournament finished, he was 16-under par. As notes, the previous 10 winners had a collective score of 14 under. 

The dominance that McIlroy displayed is indicative of a truly special talent. He has been unable to win a major since his incredible result at Congressional in Bethesda, Md.

Now, he will attempt to blow out the field once more at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. McIlroy will be paired with Luke Donald and Lee Westwood for the opening rounds.

The scariest part of McIlroy’s dominating win in 2011 is that he was just 22 years old when he posted the result.

Now, at 23, he continues to grow and get better. So far in 2012, he has entered five PGA tour events. He won the Honda Classic in March and took over the top world ranking but has since yielded his position to Luke Donald. He is fifth on the tour in total prize money.

He has not unleashed a performance close to the one he had at the U.S. Open last year, but the youngster is poised for another breakout.

He has continued to mature as he has spent more time in the spotlight, and the talented golfers he is paired with will fuel him in San Francisco. 

The feeling an athlete gets when absolutely everything is working for him is difficult to forget. It is the time of year that McIlroy hit his stride last season, and while it is a different course, it is the same tournament where he put on his historic performance.

McIlroy will do whatever it takes to get himself back in the frame of mind that led to his epic blowout at the 2011 U.S. Open. When the tournament starts, the same focused and determined look will be on his face. He may not ever equal the same level of dominance, but he will win the his second major.