Rory McIlroy and the U.S. Open

Golf Digest writers and editors discuss whether Rory McIlroy can replicate the success he had in the 2011 U.S. Open.

Released on 6/15/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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You know, Rory McIlroy gets a little bit of a reputation
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as a front runner when things are going well,
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he plays great, you know, blows away the field.
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He has got a high-octane game.
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When he's on, he's on, he can shoot mid 60s, high 60s
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four days in a row.
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I think he'd want another shot to prove that he could win
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when it was not so easy, but he destroyed everybody else,
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you know, you play the opponent you have.
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There will be nay-sayers, there will be doubters
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who try to make a case that maybe Rory McIlroy's game
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isn't quite suited for a US Open.
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But what the US Open setups generally produce
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is that guy who's steady, more a test of personal character
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than skill, it's about the guy who can you know,
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withstand bogies, withstand scars and still be standing
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at the end of the day.
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When he won the British Open, on Sunday he wasn't playing
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perfectly, you know, a tough battle all the way through
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and he pulled it off beautifully and that's the kind of grit
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that it takes to win a US Open.
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And at Valhalla it was even worse, he played poorly
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on the front nine and actually got behind
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and really dug deep.
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To me, he's just a work in progress
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and that piece of the puzzle might have been missing,
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but I think it's not missing any longer.
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At a US Open Championship where you've got
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the narrow fairways and you've got to be pretty precise
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off the tee and he's working on the driver
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and he's trying to make that a precision club for him.
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You almost think that he's tuning his game up
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for this Major as much as any other Major out there.
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Probably the quality of the US Open that is most difficult
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which is the pressure.
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I don't think Rory feels it a whit, it fuels his desire.
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I think McIlroy now is at a point in his career
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where he's actually been tested in major championships
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and that's gonna serve him really well
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this year at Chamber's Bay.
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