Rory McIlroy didn’t fare so effectively the final time he played hyperlinks golf. He shot an 80 at Royal County Down in the Irish Open, missed his second straight reduce, returned to his property in Florida and spent 4 days of practice to get back to his style of golf.
Long. Higher. Potent.
And that’s what he thinks will support him the most at Chambers Bay, a course he describes as “pure hyperlinks.”
It is all a bit confusing, which is ideal for a U.S. Open that has rarely been such a mystery to so quite a few players. McIlroy wasn’t positive what to count on when he arrived on the weekend and was charmed by the appear of the course off Puget Sound.
“I consider it sets up properly for my game,” he said. “You have got to be aggressive off the tee. You have got to hit driver. I think it’s a course where you are going to see a lot of guys hit fairways and hit greens.
“But when you hit greens, you can still be 50, 60 feet away from the pin. So if you can drive the ball effectively and your pace putting and extended putting is sharp, I believe they’re going to be two truly crucial factors this week to be profitable.”
One aspect of McIlroy desires no explanation.
He could possibly not have a green jacket from the Masters. He missed his initial shot at the career Grand Slam two months ago. But there is tiny doubt who is the best player in golf, even even though he is only a slight favored at the U.S. Open ahead of Masters champion and planet No. two Jordan Spieth.
Under no circumstances thoughts that McIlroy is coming off back-to-back missed cuts on the European Tour. He writes that off on fatigue in the mind far more than the physique, especially mainly because it ended five straight tournaments on both sides of the Atlantic.
In addition to, he won two of the other tournaments in that stretch, the Match Play Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship.
“I didn’t definitely want to miss those two cuts in Europe,” he stated. “But I feel that’s just the way I’m going to be. I’d rather, in a six-tournament period, have 3 wins and three missed cuts than six major 10s. Volatility in golf is in fact a fantastic factor. If your fantastic weeks are genuinely fantastic, it far outweighs the bad weeks.”
He wouldn’t thoughts a very good week at Chambers Bay.
McIlroy won the final significant on a true links — Royal Liverpool, which was softened by rain on the weekend. He completed the year with yet another main at the PGA Championship, joining Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods as the only players with 4 majors at age 25 or younger.
Chambers Bay is a opportunity to add to that total and give a reminder.
Spieth went wire-to-wire in a dominant win at the Masters. Rickie Fowler showed remarkable resolve and delivered the most exciting finish of the year when he went eagle-birdie-birdie and won The Players Championship a month later.
Golf is not seeking for a new No. 1. It is hunting for a rival for McIlroy.
“He’s the guy out front,” Fowler said. “There’s a lot of times exactly where you see him up on the board and in a way anticipate him to be there. But we’re prepared to go to battle and go toe-to-toe. And personally, I want to see him play well and I want to go up against him when he is playing effectively to go have some fun and see who comes out on best.”
But the list of challengers could be expanding, and with no one seriously getting a full grasp of Chambers Bay, there are conflicting thoughts on what it will take and even irrespective of whether the golf course will enable the finest players to separate themselves from the field.