McIlroy Taken By Storm In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 15: Graeme Storm of England celebrates with the trophy after winning the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 15, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Graeme Storm beat Rory McIlroy on the third playoff hole to win the SA Open on Sunday, earning the Englishman a second European Tour title 80 days after losing his card by 100 euros.

After the 251st-ranked Storm tapped in for a par, McIlroy slid his par putt wide from 7 feet on their fourth visit to the 18th hole at the Glendower Golf Club.

“I’m in shock, this has been a surreal week,” Storm said. “To find myself in the position I was in, playing on the final day with the best player in the world right now. It’s just a dream come true.”

McIlroy, the world No. 2, started the final round three strokes behind Storm but chased down the overnight leader, moving atop the leaderboard when Storm missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 14. McIlroy relinquished the lead by bogeying No. 17 after taking two shots in a greenside bunker, taking the event to a playoff with both on 18-under-par 270.

McIlroy shot 4-under 68 and Storm had a 71.

Storm lost his card at the end of last year, only to get a reprieve when American player Patrick Reed failed to play enough events to join the tour.

His other title came at the French Open in 2007.

Tour rookie Jordan Smith of England was a shot back in third ahead of a trio of South African players. Dean Burmester was fourth on 273, one stroke ahead of Thomas Aiken and Trevor Fisher Jnr.

On the first playoff hole, Storm sank a close-range putt for par. They went back up the par-4 18th and both players drove into the rough but still managed to make par.

The third time round, McIlroy hit his approach shot short of the green to give Storm the advantage. The Englishman’s 45-foot birdie putt just missed, as did McIlory’s putt for par minutes later.

Storm played cautiously Sunday, coming up short with many putts in the back nine, to allow McIlroy to eat into his lead.

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Rory McIlroy Resents The Olympic Games For ‘Political’ Choice

Rory McIlroy tees off at Hazeltine National during the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy says he resented how the Olympics forced him to decide whether he would represent Ireland or Britain and that it reached a point that it “wasn’t worth the hassle” to compete in Rio de Janeiro.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent in Ireland, McIlroy explained why he was so critical of golf’s return to the Olympics during a press conference at last summer’s British Open.

McIlroy, the four-time major champion from Northern Ireland, cited concerns over the Zika virus as his reason not to go to Rio.

He told the Irish newspaper that when the International Olympic Committee announced in 2009 that golf would be part of the program for the first time since 2004, “all of a sudden it put me in a position where I had to question who I am.”

“Who am I? Where am I from? Where do my loyalties lie? Who am I going to play for? Who do I not want to (upset) the most?” McIlroy said. “I started to resent it. And I do. I resent the Olympic Games because of the position it put me in. That’s my feelings toward it. And whether that’s right or wrong, that’s how I feel.”

McIlroy said he sent a text message to Justin Rose to congratulate him on winning the gold medal in Rio for Britain. He said Rose thanked him and asked if McIlroy felt as though he had missed out.

“I said, ‘Justin, if I had been on the podium (listening) to the Irish national anthem as that flag went up, or the British national anthem as that flag went up, I would have felt uncomfortable either way.'” McIlroy told the newspaper. “I don’t know the words to either anthem. I don’t feel a connection to either flag. I don’t want it to be about flags. I’ve tried to stay away from that.”

McIlroy was among several top stars who opted to skip the Olympics, most citing the Zika virus. He had been scheduled to play for Ireland until announcing in June he would not be going. Jordan Spieth did not announce his decision to miss Rio until a few days before the British Open. McIlroy spoke after Spieth, and the Olympics was brought up again.

McIlroy dismissed the notion that he had let down his sport, saying, “I didn’t get into golf to try and grow the game.” He also said that he probably wouldn’t watch Olympic golf on TV, only “the stuff that matters.”

“Well, I’d had nothing but questions about the Olympics – ‘the Olympics, the Olympics, the Olympics’ – and it was just one question too far,” McIlroy said. “I’d said what I needed to say. I’d got myself out of it, and it comes up again. And I could feel it. I could just feel myself go, ‘Poom!’ And I thought, ‘I’m going to let them have it.’

“OK, I went a bit far,” he added. “But I hate that term, ‘growing the game.’ Do you ever hear that in other sports? In tennis? Football? ‘Let’s grow the game.’ I mean, golf was here long before we were, and it’s going to be here long after we’re gone. So I don’t get that, but I probably went a bit overboard.”

McIlroy said Olympic golf didn’t mean that much to him.

“It really doesn’t. I don’t get excited about it. And people can disagree, and have a different opinion, and that’s totally fine,” he said. “Each to their own.”

McIlroy, who is to play the South African Open this week, said he has never been driven by nationalism or patriotism because of where he was raised.

“And I never wanted it to get political or about where I’m from, but that’s what it turned into,” he said. “And it just got to the point where it wasn’t worth the hassle.”

Courtesy of Dublin (AP)

Rory McIlroy Wins DP World Tour Championship, Race to Dubai

rory5Rory McIlroy survived a late scare and finished his frustrating season on a high, winning both the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai crown on Sunday.

McIlroy got the better of overnight leader Andy Sullivan over the back nine to clinch the European Tour’s season-ending tournament.

The third-ranked Northern Irishman shot 6-under 66 with eight birdies to finish on 21-under 267, one stroke ahead of Sullivan (68).

England’s Danny Willett, who started the tournament 1,613 points behind McIlroy in the Race to Dubai and needed to beat him to become the European No. 1 for the first time in his career, finished tied for fourth on 13-under 275 after shooting 70.

South Africa’s Branden Grace shot 5-under 67 in the final round to finish third on 273.

McIlroy had an anxious moment late in the day when his tee shot on the par-3 17th found the water and threatened to nullify his advantage at that stage.

But the 26-year-old McIlroy made a brilliant 40-feet putt to limit the damage to a bogey, which gave him a one-shot lead going to the 18th where he and Sullivan made par.

”In hindsight, I probably should have gone with a different club and a different shot,” McIlroy said of his problems at the 17th. ”It’s definitely probably the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey. I don’t think there’s been one that’s come at a better time. So, yeah, definitely the best bogey of my career.”

McIlroy also won the Race to Dubai title as the European Tour’s No. 1 player for the year, the third time he has secured the honor after winning in 2012 and 2014. It also gave him a bonus of $1.25 million.

”To be European No. 1 for the third time in four years, that was a goal of mine at the start of the year. It was a goal of mine in the middle of the year and it was definitely a goal coming into these last few weeks,” he said.

McIlroy’s closest rival for the Race to Dubai was Willett, who made early birdies to climb to third place on the leaderboard, but both McIlroy and Sullivan had enough birdies of their own to stay comfortably clear. Willett needed to finish ahead of McIlroy in the tournament.

Sullivan had two birdies in the first two holes, and four in the first six. McIlroy bogeyed the fourth and trailed Sullivan by three shots at one stage, despite birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

But the birdies stopped for Sullivan as he started spraying his tee shots, and McIlroy edged ahead with two crucial birdies on the 14th and 15th holes.

courtesy of AP News (golf.com)

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth Headline Field in Shanghai

PGA Championship - Round OneThe final WGC event of 2015 is also the second tournament of four in the European Tour’s Final Series. Rory McIlroy carries the Race to Dubai lead into the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai.

This event started out as a regular European Tour event back in 2005 but in 2009 its status was elevated to become one of the four World Golf Championship tournaments held through the course of each season. Since that time, the event has carried a huge purse plus significant World Ranking points. It has consistently attracted a strong field as a result with winners including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson.

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth will tee it up, as will Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Bubba Watson. It’s one of the most significant tournaments of the year, but what are the key talking points from a European Tour perspective?

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Hank Haney on Spieth, Rory’s Drive and Rickie’s ‘Need to Improve’

hankPerhaps more than any golf instructor, Hank Haney knows exactly what is required to become the best, having coached Tiger Woods for six of his 14 major championships. And perhaps more than any golf instructor, Haney isn’t afraid to speak frankly about which players have it, and which don’t.

In an interview with John Huggan of the Scotsman, Haney is asked which member of golf’s big three will have the best career. Haney, who worked with Woods for six years, talked about what it takes to be the best through the prism of his experience with the 14-time major champion — and spoke most highly of Jordan Spieth.

“[Spieth] has that internal motivation that is second to none right now,” said Haney. “He has had no issues with his body. And he is best in putting, the part of the game that is hardest to improve. When you get to your 30s, you don’t normally become a great putter. So I have to go with him.

“His only downside is that he isn’t all of a sudden going to get long off the tee. He is running as fast as he can run in that department.”

We all know that Rory McIlroy has the kind of length that Spieth lacks, but what’s holding the 26-year-old Northern Irishman back?

“I do wonder about Rory’s motivation,” Haney said. “He’s made a lot of money. It’s human nature to ease off, but I don’t see the same dedication in him that I see in Jordan. There was the playing soccer thing. And the comments he made at the end of the season worried me. He said that the years Jordan and Jason just had motivated him, which is fine. But when did Tiger ever need that sort of motivation?”

Haney didn’t mince words when asked about Jason Day, either.

“With Jason you have to keep in mind that it has taken him a long time to figure out how to win at the highest level,” Haney said of the 27-year-old. “That time has been wasted. If he had figured it out quicker, I would have said he would turn out to be the best historically. If you look at his game compared to the other two, he should be the one.

“He is third in driving distance, sixth in greens in regulation, 14th in sand saves, fifth in strokes gained putting, fifth in three-putt avoidance and second in scrambling. He is by far the best player. Rory, in comparison, is 56th in scrambling. That’s a big difference.”

Haney would further point to putting as what sets Spieth apart from McIlroy and Day, saying that Woods and Jack Nicklaus were the “best pressure putters” in their primes.

But all this talk about the Big 3 comes at the expense of Rickie Fowler, who despite wins at the Players Championship, Scottish Open and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2015, is on the outside looking in.

“Rickie isn’t anywhere near the class of the other three,” Haney said. “He has to win a major to be up there with them. Actually, he just has to improve. Statistically, the top three are on a whole different level from anyone else.

“But Rickie is on a trajectory to get close to the top. He has shown that he can handle the moment. That’s a great trait. His problem is getting to the moment. If he gets there though, he can handle it. But so can the big three. So even that doesn’t give him an edge. It just puts him on their level.”

courtesy of Brendan Mohler (golf.com)

 

 

Rory McIlroy’s Season Chronicled By the Numbers in New Ad

Rory42015 was considered by many a “lost season” for world no. 3 Rory McIlroy. He even considered it “disappointing.” Even though an ankle injury kept him from completing a full season, McIlroy put his body through plenty this season, as summed up by a recent advertisement he appeared in.

McIlroy recently appeared in an ad for Santander Spendlytics, a person finance app, which totaled his movement and appearances in 2015. The numbers were pretty astounding.

He walked 1,500 km (~932 miles), hit 16,500 balls, did 6,320 pull ups, gave 6,350 autographs and 210 interviews. He visited 118 airports throughout his worldwide travel schedule, spending 350 hours in the air and 287 nights in various hotels. That’s roughly four of five nights, year-round.

There’s a bit of irony in McIlroy’s endorsement for a personal budgeting app. It comes at no surprise that McIlroy’s finances extend far beyond the typical consumer, but he might not be the type of person that needs to strictly budget his finances. Luckily for him, as he said recently, $10 million (which he could have won with the FedEx Cup) “doesn’t mean much” to him anymore.

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Rory McIlroy Has Already Lost His Grip on Golf’s Next Era

Rory2PGAThey don’t make eras like they used to.

This time last year the golf world was busy feting Rory McIlroy, who had established himself as the game’s undisputed boy king. McIlroy, now 26, was such a dominant force that the big question was whether any other young players would step up to challenge him, or if he’d run roughshod over the sport. We now know the answer.

What’s stunning about golf’s current state of affairs is how much McIlroy’s standing has been diminished. Even though he made a brief cameo atop the World Ranking a few weeks ago, he is plainly only the third-best player in the game right now. (Fowler loyalists might say Rory is only the fourth best, but we’re not gonna go there just yet.)

Jordan Spieth began altering the landscape by doing what McIlroy has famously been unable to — solve Augusta National. His win there, and at the dust bowl that was Chambers Bay, highlighted the primary difference between these two awesome talents: Spieth’s superiority around the greens, which allows him to conquer firm, fast setups. Such speedy conditions have never quite agreed with McIlroy, which is inconvenient given that the lords of Augusta, Far Hills and St. Andrews all strive to achieve them for their championships. (The dons of Palm Beach Gardens have reluctantly accepted that August is not ideal for pushing a golf course to the limit, especially given their predilection for hot-weather venues.)

There was a pleasing contrast in the budding Jordan-Rory rivalry: an intense scoring machine versus an insouciant ball-basher. But Jason Day has of late added a new wrinkle by putting like Spieth while driving it like McIlroy. Just when Jordanmania had taken hold, and it looked like this could be his era and not Rory’s, Day has arrived as a man in full. In his Sunday showdown with Spieth at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Aussie simply had more firepower. He’s been too injury-prone for anyone to declare this the beginning of the Day Era, but he’s certainly a tantalizing addition in the rarified air at the top of the World Ranking. Day also has the advantage of being more settled off the course. Marriage and kids, and all the associated complications, are likely in the future for both Spieth and McIlroy. Day, an old soul thanks to a hard-knock upbringing, has already mastered the juggling act of being a touring pro and doting dad and devoted hubby.

If we can assume that the relentless Spieth is going to keep doing more of what he’s been doing, the really interesting question is where McIlroy goes from here. While he is physically recovered from the worst-timed kickabout in golf history, mentally it looks like he’s just not that into it. The front-nine 40 on Friday at Augusta was dispiriting, but he rallied with a strong spring, taking the Match Play and then, lest we have all forgotten, waltzing to a seven-shot victory in Charlotte, thanks to a Saturday 61.

But McIlroy played indifferently at the U.S. Open and seemed just the tiniest bit offended at how quickly the golf world forgot about him, as Spieth chased the Grand Slam. Missing the British Open was the worst luck imaginable. A golfer gets only two or three chances to tackle the Old Course in his prime, and to spend this Open on his couch was surely wrenching for McIlroy. Since he’s returned to action, he’s been scratching around for his old confidence and a little bit of form. Both have been slow in coming. At the Deutsche Bank — where a Friday 74 ruined his chances at victory — McIlroy said he was taking the long view and that the ascension of Spieth and Day will only help him by forcing him to raise his game. “When [I’m] playing [my] best and everything sort of clicks together,” he said, “I don’t feel like there’s anyone that can beat me.”

That was surely true a year ago. Now? We shall see. McIlroy remains a preeminent talent, and there’s no doubting his drive to become one of the all-time greats. Yet this rough season has made it clear that, going forward, it won’t be quite so easy for him to own the game.

courtesy of Alan Shipnuck (golf.com)

McIlroy plays practice round at Whistling Straits without apparent discomfort

rory3Rory McIlroy, the defending champion in next week’s PGA Championship, played a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday, and did so without any apparent discomfort from the ankle injury he suffered two weeks before the British Open, according to one report.

Gary D’Amato, golf writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was a witness, and wrote, “He did not seem to be favoring the left ankle he injured in early July while kicking around a soccer ball with friends. McIlroy hit driver on the longer holes, jogged up and down a couple small hills and seemed to have a bounce in his step.

McIlroy was unable to play in the British Open and hasn’t played competitively since tying for ninth in the U.S. Open in June.

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Out of Sight Out of Mind? McIlroy Eyes PGA Return To Take Back Spotlight

It appears increasingly likely that Rory McIlroy isn’t going to give up his No. 1 ranking to Jordan Spieth without a fight, with all signs pointing to a McIlroy return at next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

McIlroy has been sidelined since rupturing ligaments in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends July 4. That meant he couldn’t defend his title at the British Open at St. Andrews, on a course he loves. He again missed out on a title defense at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone South in Akron, Ohio.

But now it appears the long-hitting wonder from Northern Ireland is ready to come back at Whistling, another course he seems to enjoy. (He tied for third at the 2010 PGA.) On Wednesday, McIlroy posted video of himself working out, his Nike-clad feet (including an unwrapped left ankle) balanced on foam pads as he throws a medicine ball from right to left. On Thursday he posted video of himself hitting a driver at full speed, his left ankle adorned with blue athletic tape. And on Friday he is expected to make it official: He will be back in action amid the dunes at Pete Dye’s Wisconsin masterwork, where he and Spieth could find themselves tussling for No. 1.

Hard as it is to believe, today marks just more than a month since McIlroy hurt himself. It seems like much longer, which perhaps owes to the compelling Spieth narrative that played out in McIlroy’s absence.

Having won the Masters and U.S. Open (plus two regular PGA Tour events at Innisbrook and TPC Deere Run), Spieth came into last month’s British Open at St. Andrews hoping to become the first since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the season’s first three majors. Spieth also was hoping to keep alive his dream of an unprecedented calendar-year grand slam. He almost did it too, faltering only with a bogey at the tough 17th hole and a par at 18.

 

Zach Johnson won with a clinic in clutch golf, including birdies on the first two holes of the four-hole aggregate playoff to distance himself from Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman and cruise to victory.

All of that was enough to make us forget, at least for a little while, about McIlroy, even though he, too, has won two regular Tour events (although one of them, the Cadillac Match Play, was a WGC event). When last we saw him he was making an inspired run at the U.S. Open, but he ran out of magic on the back nine, his final-round 66 and T9 finish a letdown. That left the stage to Spieth, who won thanks partly to Dustin Johnson’s costly three-putt.

The drama at the Old Course at St. Andrews, four weeks later, was such that it was easy to forget then that McIlroy was still the game’s nominal No. 1. It was easy to forget that just three months earlier McIlroy himself had been going for his third consecutive major championship victory at the victory at the Masters, where he shot weekend rounds of 68-66 to finish fourth. It was easy to forget that in winning the Wells Fargo Championship in May, McIlroy fired a third-round 61 at Quail Hollow, the 2017 PGA Championship venue.

Out of sight, out of mind. But the four-time major winner is out of sight no longer. McIlroy’s seasons typically start slowly and build up to big finishes as the summer wears on and bleeds into the fall. (He already has two PGA Championship victories on his resume, including 2014 at Valhalla and 2012 at Kiawah.) But it remains to be seen how he will be affected by this latest setback. So he can hit a drive a full speed. That’s good. But is his left ankle as strong as it needs to be for the hilly walk at Whistling Straits?

At the very least McIlroy should give the surging Spieth something to think about while presenting fans with the tantalizing possibility of one of the greatest but rarest gifts in golf: a true rivalry at the top.

That’s an excellent start.

Either Rory McIlroy is toying with our emotions or there’s reason to think he could play in the PGA Championship

roryThe prospect of Rory McIlroy defending his PGA Championship title has appeared unlikely as the World No. 1 has remained sidelined after rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle playing soccer with friends in July. Yet for the first time since he suffered the injury — which kept him from competing in the British Open at St. Andrews — there’s reason to think we could see McIlroy back to play in the year’s last major — emphasis on could.

A report by Reuters, citing an unnamed but “reliable” source, says McIlroy has scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits for Saturday. McIlroy, who is often active on social media, has not said anything to confirm the report.

McIlroy announced July 29 that he was skipping this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament he won a year ago by two strokes over Sergio Garcia, to continue his rehabilitation process. Many speculated that the decision was a prelude for McIlroy making a similar announcement about Whistling Straits in the days ahead. However, bypassing the WGC event might have been necessary if McIlroy were to make a reasonable attempt at playing in the PGA, figuring that playing golf tournaments in consecutive weeks on an ankle that some doctors suggest would take three months to properly heal, would be too much too soon.

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Rory McIlroy Injures Ankle, Could Miss British Open

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has announced he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle and could potentially miss the British Open. In an Instagram post early Monday morning, McIlroy posted a photo of himself on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot. The caption reads: “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day.

Rehab already started….. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.” The 26-year-old is the reigning British champion and was the favorite to win a second Claret Jug at St. Andrews in two weeks. His spokesman, Sean O’Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at Gullane. O’Flaherty said they would not know until the end of the week the prospects of McIlroy teeing it up at St. Andrews on July 16.

A spokeswoman for McIlroy told CNN there was a 10 percent chance McIlroy would play this year’s British Open. McIlroy referred to his ATFL, which is the anterior talofibular ligament and the one most commonly sprained. The left ankle is crucial in a golf swing as weight shifts to that side while generating power. “That’s a big blow to the Open if he misses it,” former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance said from Wimbledon.

McIlroy won the Open last year at Royal Liverpool by going wire-to-wire and taking a six-shot lead into the final round. He also won the PGA Championship, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones as the only players in the last century with four majors at age 25 or younger.

 

McIlroy points to unique atmosphere of Chambers Bay as motivator

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Chambers Bay is some 2,700 miles from Augusta, Ga., but to Rory McIlroy it feels like another galaxy.

“Much quieter. There was so much hype, so much attention,” McIlroy said. “Compared to Augusta, this feels so much different.”

That’s because unlike the Masters two months ago, McIlroy won’t tee it up at the 115th U.S. Open this week with a chance to win the career Grand Slam. This U.S. Open business is old stuff; he already owns one. Thing is, if he has designs on adding a second one, McIlroy will have to go about things differently than the first time around.

Back in 2011, McIlroy overwhelmed everyone at a water-logged pin cushion called Congressional Country Club, the place so saturated that the kid from Northern Ireland zeroed in at flagsticks all week. He led by six at the halfway point, by eight at 54 holes, and cruised to a record 16-under 268 to win by eight.

Four years later, soft and soggy has been replaced by firm and fast, a change of complexion that McIlroy said suits him. But it’s here in the story that McIlroy tosses some contradictions into the mix, because though he calls Chambers Bay “a pure links golf course,” in the next breath he offers that players would be well-served to hit it far, hit it high to attack elevated greens and realize “you don’t have to run the ball on the ground.”

Akin to saying it’s pure American football, but you don’t have to tackle.

Closer to the truth is this: Chambers Bay feels like a links but will not play like a links, because as McIlroy said, the ball needs to be played in the air because of the many elevated greens. And as one astute observer reminded, “they didn’t move millions of yards of dirt to build St. Andrews,” another reminder that we need to get away from calling Chambers Bay a links.

It’s not.

No offense, young Rory, but to give him his due, let’s focus on two things.

One, the last time we brought one of these big shows to a pure links, McIlroy dominated the field to win the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool last summer.

Two, the last time we played one of these majors at a venue that felt like a links but didn’t play like a links, McIlroy overwhelmed the field to win the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

In other words, put aside all the course descriptions and all the various parameters and keep it simple. McIlroy is the best player in the world and feels deserving of that distinction. “I’ve won more majors than anyone else in (the last few years), and I want to go out every week and try to back that up and show that,” he said.

Forget that he missed the cut in each of his last two starts: the Irish Open and BMW PGA Championship. “I think that’s just the way I’m going to be,” he said.

Focus instead on his impressive wins at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and Wells Fargo Championship. “I’d rather in a six-tournament period have three wins and three missed-cuts than six top 10s. Volatility on golf is actually a good thing.”

As if to prove his point, McIlroy has missed the cut twice, won and been middle of the pack two other times in the last five U.S. Opens. Pure volatility, which makes this week at a question mark of a golf course even more interesting when it comes to McIlroy.

courtesy of Jim McCabe (Golfweek.com)