2011 US Open Golf: Just the Beginning of Rory McIlroy's Legendary Career
It's not good to jump to conclusions. Unless you're talking about Rory McIlroy, in which case you are entitled to.
You know that you have a future in the game when Tiger Woods guarantees you will be the top player in the world during your career. That's only happened once, and it was to McIlroy.
In the last four majors, McIlroy has dazzled on thursday. Two of them, he's carried that into Friday. And to date, one of them all the way to the back nine. However, McIlroy still hasn't finished. And that's what leaves critics abundant. They say that McIlroy will not be able to hold onto the lead, like at Augusta.
However, Augusta is in the past. McIlroy is moved on, and is focused on each shot.
And did you see each shot today? Talk about flawless golf.
There is nothing a single instructor in the world can say right now. McIlroy's swing and his tempo are dropping right into place. He is putting well, of course when you have 32 birdie putts, you better be making some of them.
And this is only the beginning. McIlroy's dominance is just starting. All it takes is one major win. Should McIlroy lose the lead this weekend, it would probably do a great deal of damage to his psyche, and you could see the next Sergio Garcia.
But that's not going to happen. Why? Because McIlroy could shoot an 80 and still have the lead in all honesty. It's not that he's taking advantage of an easy course. Rory is destroying a very difficult course. He's surgically dismembering each hole. In 36 holes, McIlroy has recorded a birdie (or eagle) on 11 different holes. He's not finding a par five he likes, or a short par three. He's finding whatever hole he wants, and putting the ball in the hole.
Like at 17 today. That pin location was tucked pretty tight to the front. Luke Donald's approach was to sail it about 15 to 20 feet past, and try and make a downhill putt.
The McIlroy approach was to step up, put it to 15 feet (barely making the front of the green), and make the uphill putt.
The only flinch McIlroy had was on the 18th hole today. His only errant tee shot caused his club face to turn over on his second shot, and his ball subsequently dumped into the water. He then proceeded to miss his bogey chance, finishing the round at five-under par.
Is that just the beginning for McIlroy's collapse? Not likely. In 36 holes, that was his first score recorded over par. For the record, Y.E. Yang has four bogeys, and Sergio Garcia has five. Those two sit in second and tied for third. So if McIlroy's going to collapse, everyone else would have to as well.
This weekend will be a culmination for Rory McIlroy. He's going to get over the "hump," and gain a major win. Look at a lot of the guys at the top of the leaderboard. A lot of them haven't played well all season, but they come to majors and they're relevant. Why? Because they've won before. Don't expect Rory to be one of them. Expect him to play well often, win big and bring it at majors.
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