U.S. Open courses are generally thought to be too hard, particularly ones close to the coast. Players are forced to make choices and then execute them.
Is Rory the next Tiger? The answer is “No.” Tiger was the greatest confluence of performance and persona golf has ever seen. But Rory is well on his way to becoming the next great player in the game.
Jason Day finished second to Rory McIlroy at this year’s U.S. Open. Although he was beaten handily, his score would’ve been good enough to win 109 times in the championship’s 111-year history.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy breaks all the records. Only two Americans break the top 10. Jason Day finishes second in his consecutive majors.
Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson’s poor performance continues. Rory McIlroy became the first player in US Open history to get to 13 under par. Sergio Garcia and others played the third round of the U.S. Open without hitting golf balls to warm-up. The easier course for the third round didn’t tighten up the leaderboard.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Lee Westwood had Saturday’s low round. The USGA moved up tees to make holes a little easier. Las Vegas is betting on McIlroy finishing on top.
Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy was so far ahead that someone brought up the “mercy rule.” If McIlroy wins, it would five straight majors without an American winner.
Notes from the U.S. Open. McIlroy soars while Mickelson struggles. Amateur Patrick Cantlay is settling in at his first Open. Second-place Yang benefits from McIlroy’s strong play.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy shot an impressive first-round 65. Many players found the opening 199-yard, par-3 10th hole a little daunting. Congressional is the second longest course in U.S. Open history.
Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Hale Irwin was on hand to watch his son play. The top-three ranked players were the featured pairing on the first three days. President Obama, VP Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio governor John Kasich tee off at Andrews Air Force base on Saturday.