Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Rory McIlroy is still searching for the missing pieces in his game.
Greatest Strength: The 2012 Rory McIlroy had it all: power, accuracy and a deft putting touch.
He could dominate a course off the tee, hit spectacular iron shots and made a bundle of putts from everywhere.
There was no doubt as to why McIlroy topped the money leaders list on both the PGA and European Tours.
Biggest Weakness: Driving accuracy has been awful this year (106th, 58.87 percent), while hitting greens in regulation is fourth (70.31 percent). Under the category of strokes gained (putting), McIlroy is giving away strokes to the tune of .158, ranking 123rd on the PGA Tour.
Yes, he’s the same guy from a year ago, but he’s definitely not the same player.
He’ll Win If: All of his stars somehow magically align this week, which seems highly unlikely considering the difficulty and how punitive Merion can be at various places around the course.
He is the second-ranked player in the world only because Adam Scott, the No. 3 player in the world, hasn’t played enough to pass him.