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Rory McIlroy: 3 Things Rory Must Do to Recapture US Open Title

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 12:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland speaks with the media during a practice round prior to the start of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 13, 2014

Rory McIlroy dominated last year's US Open by eight strokes. It was surprising to see how well he played following his Augusta collapse, but he proved that his mind was in the right place.

One year later and he's ready to defend his crown. Here are three things he must accomplish if he plans on recapturing the US Open title. 


Stay Consistent

Sounds easy enough, but if you golf then you know it's not. Even for the best golfers in the world, staying consistent on every swing is just about impossible.

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 19:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his second shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 19, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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He has been consistent for the most part in 2012 in terms of top-10 finishes. He has five top-10 finishes in only eight PGA Tour events. McIlroy is tied for the tour lead in top-10 finishes, but he played in less events than other big-time golfers.

His pace has been tremendous. 

McIlroy must be able to find the fairway, hit the green and be solid with the putter. If he can do these things consistently, we will see McIlroy fighting for another US Open title on Sunday. 


Get Off to a Fast Start

Getting off to a fast start is paramount for any golfer in Major tournaments. You don't have to shoot six-under par on the first day, but you can't afford to be 10 shots down after the first day.

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 19:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to fans during the final round of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 19, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Shooting under par, even if you're three or four strokes back, would be ideal for any golfer's chances in this tournament. 

A great start won't win the tournament for you, but a horrific start will probably end your chances. 


Remember Your Successes 

McIlroy dominated last year's US Open, winning by eight strokes. He shot 16-under par after his horrific ending at Augusta.

It was the victory of his career. It was the victory that made people believe that he is for real in the sport.

One year later and he's ready to prove that it wasn't a fluke. 

Confidence goes a long way in sports, but especially in golf. When your stoke is consistent and your decision making is on-point, you are confident in taking any shot.

McIlroy will remember his performance from a year ago and it will encourage him to believe in himself. When you're that young, that talented and are pouring confidence, the sky is the limit.

We'll find out how confident he is come Thursday. 

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