Sunday, June 19, 2011

McIlroy wins US Open

Just a quick follow up to my post earlier in the day. Just wanted to take a moment and just say....WOW!

I don't know if there is a better way to describe what we witnessed this week. He played about as perfect as anyone can play four round of golf. I can't help but think that part of his success this week was his visit to Haiti last week as a representative of UNICEF. Did it help him to further put his 80 in perspective knowing how blessed he had been already in his career?  He hit 62 out of 72 (86.11%) greens in regulation and when he didn't he pretty much always drained the long par putts. How many times this weekend did it seem like he hit the big putt? It really is scary because he had his share of misses.

Courtesy of USOpen.com
I absolutely loved the way the crowd got behind him. There is no doubt in mind that him handling the disaster at The Masters so well earned him a ton of fans this weekend. The chants of "Lets go Rory!" were amazing. I have watched a lot of golf over the past 16 years but this was just something else. I don't think even the gallery support for Phil Mickelson when he finally won a major was as great as the support McIlroy received this week.

Hopefully this is the start of many more major titles for him. While it may be unfair to tag him as the man who will eventually break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors, his success in his young career so far will only make those comments more frequent. Will he start to play more on the PGA Tour? How much pressure is there on the Tim Finchem and the PGA guys in the coming weeks to get him to play on the tour since Tiger is on the downside of his career and Mickelson isn't getting any younger. As of right now McIlroy is only scheduled to play two more tournaments in the US and that would just be a shame.

Courtesy of Rory McIlroy's Twitter feed
The Golf Channel actually showed footage earlier of him taking that picture.

video

By the way, what was Shane McMahon doing next to McIlroy's father?


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