2011 British Open Leaderboard: Did Rory McIlroy Make His Case as Best in World?

Carlos TorresContributor IJuly 17, 2011

Rory McIlroy's quest for the top spot continues
Rory McIlroy's quest for the top spot continuesScott Halleran/Getty Images

If Rory McIlroy is the world’s best player, he certainly did not show it in The Open Championship this weekend. Most of all, he admitted “I’m not a fan of golf tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather. It’s not my sort of golf.”

It’s certainly not the attitude you want to see from the world’s top golfer. If that’s the case, then it would be wise to skip The Open every year.

Those were probably words said out of frustration. He came from winning the US Open in record fashion and having many people raving about handing him the keys to the suite atop the golf world.

Expectations were very high and he might have felt the pressure. He showed that throughout the tournament, with his body language and demeanor.

His performance also could have been due to being a bit rusty off his layoff between the majors. But you would then point to Tiger Woods winning the 2008 US Open on one leg and coming off surgery, so you would expect the layoff not to be an issue.

Rory McIlroy is not the best golfer in the world. He might be on a path that could take him to be the best, but at this present moment he certainly is not and The Open didn’t help his case.

It could be argued this is just one bad performance and that neither of the top two players in the world, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood even made the cut. At least McIlroy made it and was even coming into the weekend.

It very well might be and we could scratch his top 25 finish here as an off tournament.

The next and final major of the year is the PGA Championship where Rory has excelled the past two years by finishing tied for third both times.

Rory McIlroy has all the skills to become the top player in the world and might become such in the future.

He has already won a major championship, which was his third Pro win and he is only 22 years old. His quest for becoming the best player in the world is under way and it will be fun to watch as certainly someone called Tiger Woods is looking forward to prevent that from happening.