Rory McIlroy, the story of the 111th U.S. Open, sits on the precipice of his first career major.
We’ve been down this road before.
McIlroy led the Masters and tossed in an 80 on Sunday. The deconstruction of the 22-year-old Northern Irishman on the second nine left us with a litany of questions.
Will he ever regain his form? Can Rory bounce back from this major disappointment? Will he ever win another tournament?
McIlroy leads Y.E. Yang by eight shots with 18 holes to play in the toughest test in golf. Although it’s not that tough for Rors. McIlroy set a U.S. Open record of 199 strokes through three rounds of play. He’s the first person to 14-under-par in the history of the tournament. (McIlroy broke the previous record set by McIlroy on Friday. Yes, it was this funny in the press conference as well.)
And all he needed to do to win his first major? Have breakfast with Dad before moving day at the U.S. Open.
“My father reassured me that I could play good golf,” McIlroy said after his 68 on Saturday. “I didn’t have that at Augusta.” Think Father’s Day will be special for the McIlroy’s?
McIlroy remained focused on his goal through the first 54 holes of the tournament. “It’s time to get my first one,” McIlroy said as a room full of jaded journalists nearly cracked smiles.
How can you not like Rory? Here’s a guy who tweeted a pic of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and himself after the first major of the year with the caption “at least one of us brought home the green jacket.” He’s a fun kid with a jaw-dropping game.
McIlroy kept repeating words like confidence and composure, which are polar opposites to collapse and combustible. He’s ready for his victory lap.
Even players want McIlroy to win. Sergio Garcia, who’s still in the hunt (I guess), said that he hopes the kid pulls it off on Sunday. I’m pretty sure they’d have to break both kneecaps for McIlroy to not raise the U.S. Open trophy.
“I set little goals for myself on Saturday,” McIlroy said to the press after the round. “I wanted to get in at 15-under.”
It’s probably the only thing Rory McIlroy did wrong all week long.
Sunday at Congressional will look different than Sunday at Augusta.
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