Rory’s Rebound a Spectacular Feat

For full leaderboard, click here.

Impressive.  No other word for it.

Rory McIlroy’s Sunday collapse at Augusta in April made headlines all over the world as the then 21, now 22 year-old from Northern Ireland hit a tee shot into house and then followed with hole after hole of missed putts after draining everything inside fifteen feet for three days.  It was unbearable to watch and certainly painful to live through.

He returned to Europe, by way of Malaysia, and played well.  In the weeks leading up to Congressional and the US Open, he visited Haiti and experienced what real suffering looks and feels like.  Not losing a ball in the wind.  Losing a house to an earthquake.  Losing a loved one to malnourishment.  And with those images fresh in his mind, he teed off this afternoon in Bethesda.

And it was impressive.  Spectacular.  While the top three ranked players in the world (Donald, Westwood, Kaymer) shot a total of +10 and most of the favorites struggled to get into red numbers, Rory McIlroy looked steady and determined.  Almost robotic.  His 66 left him three shots clear of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and PGA winner Y.E. Yang.

And the first story of this year’s US Open has been drafted.  What if Rory McIlroy can overcome the disappointment of Augusta and conquer the horribly difficult terrain of Congressional?  What if the hangover expected by many never comes?  Confucius never talked about boozing but I imagine he’d say something like, “Man who experiences no hangover can drink forever.”

Rory’s the story, morning glory.  Certainly the story tomorrow.  And if he manages to make himself the story clear through the weekend and late in Sunday evening, he may just stay the story for the next decade.  That’s the kind of guts he showed today.  Tiger’s guts.

UPDATE FRIDAY: McIlroy finished with a disappointing double on 18, giving hope to anyone who can get within a pair of him on Sunday.  But he hit the shot of the tournament on 8, holding an iron approach.

blog comments powered by Disqus