What else can you say about Rory McIlroy, as he starts this week’s What It Means:
1) Rory conquered his demons from Augusta, establishing or tying 12 different US Open records this week, finished at -16 and winning the United States Open by 8 shots. He dominated in every way possible and had every facet of his game working to perfection. He had this tournament won on FRIDAY, and never looked back, never showing any sign of weakness on the weekend.
Now he has major number one under his belt and can take a run at Jack’s record, if he so chooses. But for now the man who has been labeled the “next best thing” by so many has conquered a major step: he’s a major champion.
2) Jason Day has finished 2nd in both majors this year. The Australian is definitely for real, showing his major short game touch on Sunday to have a bogey free round and finish with 45 consecutive bogey free holes of golf. Wow — impressive stuff from the 23 year-old rising star. Watch out for Jason Day. He’s going to do big things.
3) Phil Mickelson hasn’t had it at all year. Except for Houston his game just hasn’t looked sharp. Too many mistakes this week left him well back in the pack.
Ernie Els hasn’t made a putt this year, and Saturday, after finishing his second round to miss another cut in 2011, he basically said he hit rock bottom. It’s a shame because Ernie showed so many hopefully signs last year. But so far in 2011, it’s been a real struggle for the Big Easy.
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Written by Jeremy Schilling
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