Rory McIlroy’s 2019 has been quietly spectacular. That hardly even makes any sense. Going into the Memorial, Rors had 1 win and 9 top 10’s in 10 events played so far this season. That’s why it was such a surprise that he missed the cut at Jack’s place. He just didn’t have it. Its golf; it happens. However, with being in the top 30 in pretty much every ball striking and scoring category, including putting which has been his struggle as of late, the stat than stands out is the one where he nowhere near the top 30. Not even is he near the top 130. Rory was ranked 205th on tour in approach shots from 100 yards and in. Just when you thought every pro hits their wedges to 10 feet every time, right?
I figured he’d right the ship, but who knew so soon?! Rory blitzed the Canadian Open field on Sunday with a ball-striking clinic, which included a 59 watch. Heck at one point it was a 58 watch. But alas, his final round took him from 74th place to start the day, all the way to hoisting the trophy and becoming Canada’s Irish hero. McIlroy joins Tiger Woods, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, and Tommy Armour as the only players to win the Canadian, U.S., and British Opens in their career. All three are the three oldest championships in golf. Good company.
So now the million dollar question is who is the favorite heading to Pebble Beach? As usual the storylines are a plenty and it seems that every top player is showing great form heading to the Monterrey Peninsula. The favorites are of course Brooks, DJ, Rory, and Tiger. Jordan Spieth is playing his best golf in 2 years and Pebble is a great course for Matt Kuchar, who sits atop the FedEx Cup standings. Then of course there is the amazing story that could be Phil Mickelson. Can you imagine Phil winning the US Open on Father’s Day, clinching the career grand slam, and on a course that he has had so much success on? Oh by the way, Sunday is also his 49th birthday.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay, Head Golf Professional
Published by Craig Walton