The World's former No. 1 must—and will—prove his worth at the 2012 U.S. Open.
No. 2 Rory McIlroy is ready to redeem himself and take home a victory at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. after what has been a slow start of the season for the talent.
McIlroy's finish in last year's U.S. Open along with top-notch play at Memphis makes this gifted 23-year-old a surefire pick to cruise in this year's U.S. Open tourney.
The 2011 U.S. Open was as masterful a performance as McIlroy has put forth his entire career.
McIlroy totaled an impressive score of 16-under par in the tournament, putting forth a score of 11-under par through the first two rounds of play. The performance was outright dominant, with Jason Day finishing in second place at just eight-under par.
His effort made for an uneventful final two rounds after taking a demanding lead. Based on his 2011 performance, there is no question McIlroy will have the edge heading into the 2012 contest.
McIlroy also takes the convincing edge at the Olympic Club with an especially positive tournament at Memphis more recently. His score of six-under par was good for a seventh-place finish at the St. Jude Classic.
His driving distance was the key in this tournament, recording an average drive of 320.4 yards. It was a mark that ranked No. 1 of any golfer in the field.
Coming into arguably the most prestigious tournament of the season, his recent impressive performances will certainly carry over for McIlroy in this year's Open.