Have you ever noticed something about Rory McIlroy’s 20 professional wins? They are all prime examples of golf course abuse. His highlights are border-line illegal because of their graphic nature. If golf were the Simpsons, Rory would be Bart. Like the menace of groundskeeper Willy, Rory can also mercilessly torture the men responsible for a golf course’s upkeep.
Rory has never shot worse than -12 to win professionally. His average winning margin in major championships is a staggering 4.7 shots! He dominates golf courses where the going is good. He capitalises on scoring opportunities with unparalleled proficiency.
“He overwhelmed soggy and defenseless Congressional five years ago with a U.S. Open record of 16-under 268. Writes Will Graves. Indeed, he did the same in PGA Championship victories at Kiawah Island in 2012 (13 under) and Valhalla in 2014 (16 under).
But lets remember that Oakmont is the antithesis of soggy and defenceless. The remedy for such a maligned golf course? Grit not glitz, and Rory McIlroy is fully aware of this. ”The majors I have won have been soft and under par and more suited my style of game,” he said Tuesday.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 15, 2016
Nobody wants Rory to win more than I do, he is the most entertaining man in golf. Unfortunately this type of entertainment is redundant on the toughest golf course in the world. Last time the U.S. Open came to Oakmont we watched Angel Cabrera walk off the 72nd with five over par, an unbelievable tally for the eventual winner.
Clearly Jordan Spieth is the type of golfer who will win, which is hardly an outlandish prediction given his quality. But that’s not the reason he is the favourite, grit and not glitz is the 22-year-old’s hallmark and as Brendan Porath noted when he followed the defending champ in practice yesterday, Jordan exudes this mantra. During his practice he was seen darting around to the command of Michael Greller, his algebra teacher-come-caddie, as he placed practice balls with scientific precision.
This type of methodical golf will win the U.S. Open. With such a premium on each shot it will be bogey avoidance that determines the eventual winner. Rory knows this as he attempts to defy probability. ”To be able to win on a course like this with the conditions the way they are, it would probably be my, I don’t know, maybe my biggest accomplishment in the game,” said the four-time major winner. ”But definitely would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess,” he added honestly.
Best of luck of Rors, this will be some victory if you succeed.