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Thoughts on Rory McIlroy and the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 20th, 2011
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This past week’s U.S. Open has been one of the best, most entertaining and most surprising in recent memory.  Not surprising that Rory McIlroy won, as he was my pick to win. Surprising that McIlroy destroyed the field and blew away many records in this championship which is 111 years old.

U.S. Open Scoring Record

Rory McIlroy set the all time winning score record at -16.  That score practically laps the previous record of -12 by Tiger Woods.

Most Under Par At Any Point In A U.S. Open

Rory reached -17 for a while yesterday, which was an extension of his previous records of 13, 14, 15 and 16 under par.  The previous record for strokes under par was a tie between Tiger Woods and Gil Morgan at -12.

Quickest To Double Digits Under Par

McIlroy reached double digits under par in only 26 holes.  That blew away the old record of 39 holes by Gil Morgan.

36 Hole Scoring Record

With rounds of 65-66, Rory McIlroy set a new U.S. Open 36 hole scoring record of 131.

Not Records, But Noteworthy

McIlroy (-16) finished eight shots ahead of the nearest player, Jason Day (-8).  Not a record in the U.S. Open.  That distinction belongs to Tiger Woods, who won at Pebble Beach in 2000 by 15 shots.

McIlroy did something extremely uncommon for an Open, shot four rounds in the 60’s.

After making birdie on the par-4 4th hole in the final round, McIlroy had a 10 shot lead.  His approach had settled to about three feet.

With the win, McIlroy will move to #4 in the world golf rankings.

How about the state of USA professional golf?  Six out of the last 10 major championships have been won by non American players.

2nd consecutive year that Northern Ireland wins the U.S. Open. What are the odds?

10th Hole Entertainment

Just before Rory hit his shot on the 10th, one of the first real danger holes which could take a bite out of his chances of winning, NBC announcer Johnny Miller mentioned that he could hit two balls in the water.  So what does Rory do?  Hits a 6-iron over the flag which catches the slope of the green and nearly goes in for a hole in one.  Tap in birdie.  Nice call Johnny.  Try again.

“I thought that was probably the biggest point in the round because Yang had just stuck it in there close. So to follow that shot up with mine was pretty cool. To get the ovation coming on to the green, it was nice. And I was very happy to play the 10th and the 11th hole at 1-under par today, because they were two holes that you had the possibility of making a big number on. And to play those at 1-under par was big for me.” ~Mcilroy on his play at the 10th and 11th holes on Sunday

U.S. Open Setup?

I was surprised at the lack of “U.S. Open like conditions.”  I think Congressional Country Club was playing too easy for a U.S. Open and so do most actual golf journalists it seems.  Once again, I don’t consider myself a golf journalist.  I’m a golf blogger.  There’s a difference, but sometimes we can agree.  Not many scribes think the Open will return to Congressional because it is too easy and a little bit on the boring side.  I agree.  The Open should be a stern test, where even par or close to it is the winning score.  So far the most Open-like conditions this year have been at the tournament I covered live on location a few weeks ago, the Byron Nelson.

That being said, I do not discount Rory’s win at all and anyone who does is a bonehead.

Jason Day

Jason Day has been playing insane golf in the last few majors.  Dating back to 2010, Day has had three top ten finishes.  The last two majors now, the Masters and U.S. Open, Jason has two runner-up finishes.  Look for Jason Day to win a major sooner than later at this pace.

It you look at Jason’s score of -8 in this year’s U.S. Open, that would have been enough to win 26 of the last 30.

DC Fans Are Boneheads?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard more post swing yelling from idiot fans than this week.  How many times can some dumb ass yell “you’re the man,” or “get in the hole?”  These pinheads should be removed.  Show some class people.

More Story Lines

Man how many story lines are there this year anyway?  Couldn’t possibly cover them all.   It was a great week.


Rory McIlroy is not the next Tiger Woods

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 20th, 2011
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Media feeding frenzy

Wow the golf media has in some kind of feeding frenzy following this past U.S. Open, already comparing Rory McIlroy to Tiger Woods.  “The next Tiger” talk is already clogging up the golf scribes’ so-called blogs and twitter feeds.  Please people.  Calm it down.  Rory McIlroy is not Tiger and I don’t want him to be.  These are two entirely different players from different backgrounds with entirely different swings and mental dispositions.  Two different animals which should not be compared unless you are talking about current record.  I’m not saying one is better than the other or anything like that, it is just way too early for this discussion.  I know you media folks won’t, but I’ll still ask you to wait a few years before you anoint the “next Tiger Woods.”

Rory on pace to break Jack Nicklaus’ major record?  Really?

Continuing on with the premature golf media ejaculation is the “Rory is on pace to break Jack Nicklaus’ major record” stuff!  It is one major win.  Yes it is a big one which happened a handful of days earlier than Jack’s first, but it is not time for that kind of talk.  Wait about 10-15 years.

Jason Day to set new major championship runner-up record at 43

The golf media loves to extrapolate the future from the past, just like they’d already anointed Tiger as winning more majors than Jack.  Oops.  Let it play out, and comment about that.  If they use this extrapolation to analyze Jason Day, he’ll have 43 second place finishes in major championships by the time he turns 35.


Final 2011 U.S. Open Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 20th, 2011
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Final 2011 U.S. Open Leader Board
POS Player To Par Sun R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Rory McIlroy -16 -2 65 66 68 69 268
2 Jason Day -8 -3 71 72 65 68 276
T3 Kevin Chappell -6 -5 76 67 69 66 278
T3 Robert Garrigus -6 -1 70 70 68 70 278
T3 Lee Westwood -6 -1 75 68 65 70 278
T3 Y.E. Yang -6 E 68 69 70 71 278
T7 Peter Hanson -5 -4 72 71 69 67 279
T7 Sergio Garcia -5 -1 69 71 69 70 279
T9 Charl Schwartzel -4 -5 68 74 72 66 280
T9 Louis Oosthuizen -4 -4 69 73 71 67 280
T11 Brandt Snedeker -3 -2 70 70 72 69 281
T11 Davis Love III -3 -1 70 71 70 70 281
T11 Heath Slocum -3 -1 71 70 70 70 281
T14 Graeme McDowell -2 -2 70 74 69 69 282
T14 Webb Simpson -2 -1 75 71 66 70 282
T14 Matt Kuchar -2 +2 72 68 69 73 282
T14 Fredrik Jacobson -2 +2 74 69 66 73 282
T14 Bo Van Pelt -2 E 76 67 68 71 282
T19 Johan Edfors -1 -4 70 72 74 67 283
T19 Steve Stricker -1 -1 75 69 69 70 283
T21 Ryan Palmer E -1 69 72 73 70 284
T21 Patrick Cantlay (a) E +1 75 67 70 72 284
T23 Robert Rock +1 -3 70 71 76 68 285
T23 Gary Woodland +1 -3 73 71 73 68 285
T23 Retief Goosen +1 -3 73 73 71 68 285
T23 Dustin Johnson +1 -1 75 71 69 70 285
T23 Bill Haas +1 E 73 73 68 71 285
T23 Brandt Jobe +1 +3 71 70 70 74 285
T23 Henrik Stenson +1 +3 70 72 69 74 285
T30 Ryo Ishikawa +2 -3 74 70 74 68 286
T30 Gregory Havret +2 -2 77 69 71 69 286
T30 Seung-yul Noh +2 E 72 70 73 71 286
T30 Rory Sabbatini +2 E 72 73 70 71 286
T30 John Senden +2 +1 70 72 72 72 286
T30 Do-Hoon Kim +2 +1 73 71 70 72 286
T30 Harrison Frazar +2 +2 72 73 68 73 286
T30 Zach Johnson +2 +3 71 69 72 74 286
T30 Kyung-tae Kim +2 +5 69 72 69 76 286
T39 Adam Hadwin +3 -3 75 71 73 68 287
T39 Martin Kaymer +3 E 74 70 72 71 287
T39 Sunghoon Kang +3 E 74 72 70 71 287
T42 Sang-Moon Bae +4 -4 75 71 75 67 288
T42 Lucas Glover +4 -1 76 69 73 70 288
T42 Russell Henley (a) +4 +4 73 69 71 75 288
T45 Charley Hoffman +5 -2 71 74 75 69 289
T45 Luke Donald +5 -2 74 72 74 69 289
T45 Michael Putnam +5 E 74 71 73 71 289
T45 Chez Reavie +5 +1 70 75 72 72 289
T45 Robert Karlsson +5 +1 79 67 71 72 289
T45 Padraig Harrington +5 +2 71 73 72 73 289
T51 Scott Piercy +6 -1 73 71 76 70 290
T51 Alexander Noren +6 +3 75 67 74 74 290
T51 Marc Leishman +6 +5 73 69 72 76 290
T54 J.J. Henry +7 -1 72 73 76 70 291
T54 Anthony Kim +7 -1 74 72 75 70 291
T54 Phil Mickelson +7 E 74 69 77 71 291
T54 Matteo Manassero +7 +1 74 72 73 72 291
T54 Edoardo Molinari +7 +2 74 70 74 73 291
T54 Alvaro Quiros +7 +7 70 71 72 78 291
T60 Todd Hamilton +8 -1 73 72 77 70 292
T60 Justin Hicks +8 E 74 71 76 71 292
T60 Marcel Siem +8 +2 79 66 74 73 292
T63 Bubba Watson +9 +2 71 75 74 73 293
T63 Brian Gay +9 +4 73 71 74 75 293
T63 Jeff Overton +9 +4 72 72 74 75 293
T63 William Cauley +9 +5 71 72 74 76 293
67 Kevin Streelman +11 +4 73 73 74 75 295
T68 Alexandre Rocha +13 +5 69 76 76 76 297
T68 Christo Greyling +13 +5 72 74 75 76 297
T68 Kenichi Kuboya +13 +6 73 73 74 77 297
71 Wes Heffernan +19 +7 75 71 79 78 303
72 Brad Benjamin (a) +21 +9 72 73 80 80 305
CUT Chad Campbell +5 76 71 147
CUT Paul Casey +5 73 74 147
CUT Stewart Cink +5 70 77 147
CUT Christopher DeForest +5 71 76 147
CUT John Ellis +5 74 73 147
CUT Rickie Fowler +5 74 73 147
CUT Stephen Gallacher +5 73 74 147
CUT Scott Hend +5 69 78 147
CUT Jesse Hutchins +5 76 71 147
CUT Martin Laird +5 73 74 147
CUT Hunter Mahan +5 74 73 147
CUT David May +5 71 76 147
CUT Nick O’Hern +5 77 70 147
CUT Justin Rose +5 74 73 147
CUT Adam Scott +5 74 73 147
CUT Aaron Baddeley +6 71 77 148
CUT Ben Crane +6 77 71 148
CUT Ernie Els +6 73 75 148
CUT Elliot Gealy +6 77 71 148
CUT Shane Lowry +6 72 76 148
CUT Ian Poulter +6 75 73 148
CUT Nick Watney +6 75 73 148
CUT Mark Wilson +6 78 70 148
CUT Briny Baird +7 75 74 149
CUT Bennett Blakeman (a) +7 76 73 149
CUT Alex Cejka +7 75 74 149
CUT Greg Chalmers +7 76 73 149
CUT Jason Dufner +7 75 74 149
CUT Jim Furyk +7 74 75 149
CUT Andres Gonzales +7 79 70 149
CUT Trevor Immelman +7 75 74 149
CUT Jon Mills +7 76 73 149
CUT Francesco Molinari +7 75 74 149
CUT D.A. Points +7 74 75 149
CUT Sam Saunders +7 74 75 149
CUT Michael Tobiason Jr. +7 75 74 149
CUT David Toms +7 74 75 149
CUT Marc Turnesa +7 76 73 149
CUT Camilo Villegas +7 77 72 149
CUT Chris Williams (a) +7 76 73 149
CUT Scott Barr +8 75 75 150
CUT Angel Cabrera +8 71 79 150
CUT K.J. Choi +8 77 73 150
CUT Nicholas Colsaerts +8 76 74 150
CUT Matthew Edwards +8 75 75 150
CUT Fred Funk +8 75 75 150
CUT Miguel A. Jimenez +8 77 73 150
CUT Ryan Moore +8 73 77 150
CUT Peter Uihlein (a) +8 72 78 150
CUT Robert Allenby +9 73 78 151
CUT Bubba Dickerson +9 70 81 151
CUT Joey Lamielle +9 76 75 151
CUT Thomas Levet +9 75 76 151
CUT Geoff Ogilvy +9 75 76 151
CUT Kirk Triplett +9 76 75 151
CUT Jonathan Byrd +10 75 77 152
CUT Zach Byrd +10 77 75 152
CUT Michael Campbell +10 75 77 152
CUT Robert Dinwiddie +10 78 74 152
CUT Hiroyuki Fujita +10 79 73 152
CUT David Howell +10 78 74 152
CUT Cheng-Tsung Pan (a) +10 74 78 152
CUT Michael Smith +10 76 76 152
CUT Michael Whitehead +10 77 75 152
CUT Chris Wilson +10 74 78 152
CUT Brad Adamonis +11 77 76 153
CUT Beau Hossler (a) +11 76 77 153
CUT Dae-Hyun Kim +11 79 74 153
CUT Maarten Lafeber +11 79 74 153
CUT Brian Locke +11 75 78 153
CUT Adam Long +11 76 77 153
CUT Ryan Nelson +11 75 78 153
CUT Andreas Harto +12 78 76 154
CUT Scott Pinckney (a) +12 79 75 154
CUT Will Wilcox +12 79 75 154
CUT Steve Irwin (a) +13 78 77 155
CUT Kevin Na +13 80 75 155
CUT Brett Patterson (a) +13 77 78 155
CUT Geoffery Sisk +13 77 78 155
CUT David Chung (a) +15 82 75 157
CUT Ty Tryon +15 84 73 157
CUT Matthew Richardson +16 77 81 158
CUT Michael Barbosa (a) +24 83 83 166
WD Tim Petrovic

U.S. Open round two has begun. Think I know Rory McIlroy’s plan now.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, June 17th, 2011
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Rory McIlroyThankfully I’m able to tune into DirecTv for the “U.S. Open Mix” where I can select one of several channels to view.  I turned off the crappy ESPN feed with the awful Chris Berman announcing and tuned into channel 703 which is the featured group of Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.  If you have DirecTv, tune to channel 701 for the mix.

McIlroy’s Plan?

Rory McIlroy this morning has made birdie on holes #4 and #6.  But the big fireworks happened on #8 where he holed out from 113 yards for eagle.  Through hole #8 Rory is -4 on the day and -10 for the Open, a SEVEN shot lead.

Apparently Rory’s plan is to run away and hide from the field, sort of like Tiger Woods years back at Pebble.  If he builds up a big enough lead, he can insure that a nervous Sunday round won’t hurt him too much I suppose.

Front Nine Done

The featured group is now done with the Friday front nine.  Phil Mickelson is playing much better today, shooting -3 on the front.  Mcilroy ends up -4 on the front and sits at -10 with the tougher back nine to go.

Note: Rory’s ascension to double digits under par in 26 holes is the fastest in U.S. Open history.


JD WD BMW PGA

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, May 27th, 2011
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Like my title on this one?  Greg Norman would love it, since he loves abbreviations.

A hip in jury has taken out John Daly on the 14th hole, 2nd round at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. At the time of the withdraw, Daly was at +12.

Tough deal to fly all the way out there and have to WD. Daly is the 4th player to WD from from the BMW.


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