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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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Rory McIlroy wins U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy - 2011 U.S. Open Champion - click for more

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.


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

Will McIlroy hold on to win the U.S. Open Sunday?

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, June 18th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open - CongressionalI’m just powering up my DVR of today’s U.S. Open broadcast. I didn’t get to watch any of it today unfortunately and fortunately. I was playing in a tournament with my pops at his club, the annual father/son. Last year we won the father/son, but this year we didn’t bring our best games to the course and ended up in 3rd. We were two shots out of 1st, with many shots left on the course.

Following the tourney I had to work on some music with my musician pals, for an upcoming show we are playing a week from today at the Utah Arts Festival. That group is called Zentherstick, and features some wild instruments.

So after rolling home from all of that fun stuff, I’d missed the entire broadcast. But I had the U.S. Open iPhone application running all day and followed the rounds of all the players, especially Rory McIlroy.  I know that McIlroy finished at -14, which is now a new record for the most under par at a U.S. Open at any point.  The old record was from yesterday when Rory reached -13.

How did Rory get to -14 and his eight shot lead over Y.E. Yang?  I have no idea.  Watching DVR now.

Will Rory hold on to win the U.S. Open tomorrow?

So the question obviously is whether Rory McIlroy will hold on and win his first major?  Or will he have a Sunday meltdown like at Augusta a couple of months ago?  Eight shots is a huge lead, but that could be four bad swings which equal doubles.  I’m voting for yes, Rory will pull it off.  I’m a Rory fan for sure, especially since his swing looks a lot like mine. 🙂


2011 U.S. Open – Who made it and who missed the cut

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, June 18th, 2011
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Below is the U.S. Open leaderboard table following round two.

POS PLAYER NAME: FIRST | LAST SCORING TO PAR ROUNDS TOTAL
TOTAL THRU TODAY 1 2 3 4
1 Rory McIlroy -11 F -5 65 66 131
2 Y.E. Yang -5 F -2 68 69 137
T3
7
Robert Garrigus -2 F -1 70 70 140
T3
1
Sergio Garcia -2 F E 69 71 140
T3
19
Zach Johnson -2 F -2 71 69 140
T3
7
Brandt Snedeker -2 F -1 70 70 140
T3
31
Matt Kuchar -2 F -3 72 68 140
T8
4
Kyung-tae Kim -1 F +1 69 72 141
T8
2
Alvaro Quiros -1 F E 70 71 141
T8
2
Robert Rock -1 F E 70 71 141
T8
14
Heath Slocum -1 F -1 71 70 141
T8
2
Davis Love III -1 F E 70 71 141
T8
4
Ryan Palmer -1 F +1 69 72 141
T8
14
Brandt Jobe -1 F -1 71 70 141
T15
69
Patrick Cantlay (a) E F -4 75 67 142
T15
5
John Senden E F +1 70 72 142
T15
19
Seung-yul Noh E F -1 72 70 142
T15
13
Charl Schwartzel E F +3 68 74 142
T15
69
Alexander Noren E F -4 75 67 142
T15
30
Marc Leishman E F -2 73 69 142
T15
30
Russell Henley (a) E F -2 73 69 142
T15
11
Louis Oosthuizen E F +2 69 73 142
T15
5
Johan Edfors E F +1 70 72 142
T15
5
Henrik Stenson E F +1 70 72 142
T25
86
Bo Van Pelt +1 F -4 76 67 143
T25
9
Peter Hanson +1 F E 72 71 143
T25
37
Phil Mickelson +1 F -2 74 69 143
T25
86
Kevin Chappell +1 F -4 76 67 143
T25
37
Fredrik Jacobson +1 F -2 74 69 143
T25
59
Lee Westwood +1 F -3 75 68 143
T25
3
Jason Day +1 F +1 71 72 143
T25
3
William Cauley +1 F +1 71 72 143
T33
51
Steve Stricker +2 F -2 75 69 144
T33
29
Edoardo Molinari +2 F -1 74 70 144
T33
12
Do-Hoon Kim +2 F E 73 71 144
T33
12
Brian Gay +2 F E 73 71 144
T33
11
Padraig Harrington +2 F +2 71 73 144
T33
29
Ryo Ishikawa +2 F -1 74 70 144
T33
23
Graeme McDowell +2 F +3 70 74 144
T33
29
Martin Kaymer +2 F -1 74 70 144
T33
1
Jeff Overton +2 F +1 72 72 144
T33
12
Scott Piercy +2 F E 73 71 144
T33
12
Gary Woodland +2 F E 73 71 144
T44
40
Alexandre Rocha +3 F +5 69 76 145
T44
18
Michael Putnam +3 F E 74 71 145
T44
1
Todd Hamilton +3 F +1 73 72 145
T44
67
Lucas Glover +3 F -2 76 69 145
T44
10
Rory Sabbatini +3 F +2 72 73 145
T44
22
Charley Hoffman +3 F +3 71 74 145
T44
10
Harrison Frazar +3 F +2 72 73 145
T44
34
Chez Reavie +3 F +4 70 75 145
T44
18
Justin Hicks +3 F E 74 71 145
T44
101
Marcel Siem +3 F -5 79 66 145
T44
10
J.J. Henry +3 F +2 72 73 145
T44
10
Brad Benjamin (a) +3 F +2 72 73 145
T56
11
Retief Goosen +4 F +2 73 73 146
T56
28
Dustin Johnson +4 F E 75 71 146
T56
6
Matteo Manassero +4 F +1 74 72 146
T56
11
Kenichi Kuboya +4 F +2 73 73 146
T56
28
Sang-Moon Bae +4 F E 75 71 146
T56
28
Wes Heffernan +4 F E 75 71 146
T56
6
Sunghoon Kang +4 F +1 74 72 146
T56
71
Gregory Havret +4 F -2 77 69 146
T56
11
Kevin Streelman +4 F +2 73 73 146
T56
6
Anthony Kim +4 F +1 74 72 146
T56
6
Luke Donald +4 F +1 74 72 146
T56
11
Bill Haas +4 F +2 73 73 146
T56
28
Webb Simpson +4 F E 75 71 146
T56
89
Robert Karlsson +4 F -4 79 67 146
T56
34
Bubba Watson +4 F +4 71 75 146
T56
22
Christo Greyling +4 F +3 72 74 146
T56
28
Adam Hadwin +4 F E 75 71 146
T56
6
John Ellis +4 17 +1 74 74
T56
55
Jesse Hutchins +4 17* -1 76 76
Cut – lowest 60 scores and ties, plus those within 10 strokes of leader
T75
71
Scott Hend +5 F +7 69 78 147
T75
30
Stephen Gallacher +5 F +3 73 74 147
T75
30
Martin Laird +5 F +3 73 74 147
T75
13
Rickie Fowler +5 F +2 74 73 147
T75
13
Hunter Mahan +5 F +2 74 73 147
T75
53
Christopher DeForest +5 F +5 71 76 147
T75
53
David May +5 F +5 71 76 147
T75
36
Chad Campbell +5 F E 76 71 147
T75
30
Paul Casey +5 F +3 73 74 147
T75
65
Stewart Cink +5 F +6 70 77 147
T75
13
Justin Rose +5 F +2 74 73 147
T75
13
Adam Scott +5 F +2 74 73 147
T75
52
Nick O’Hern +5 F -1 77 70 147
T88
39
Ben Crane +6 F E 77 71 148
T88
52
Mark Wilson +6 F -1 78 70 148
T88
4
Ian Poulter +6 F +2 75 73 148
T88
4
Nick Watney +6 F +2 75 73 148
T88
66
Aaron Baddeley +6 F +6 71 77 148
T88
39
Elliot Gealy +6 F E 77 71 148
T88
54
Shane Lowry +6 F +5 72 76 148
T88
43
Ernie Els +6 F +4 73 75 148
T96
49
Andres Gonzales +7 F -1 79 70 149
T96
12
Jason Dufner +7 F +3 75 74 149
T96
34
David Toms +7 F +4 74 75 149
T96
12
Francesco Molinari +7 F +3 75 74 149
T96
12
Trevor Immelman +7 F +3 75 74 149
T96
31
Camilo Villegas +7 F +1 77 72 149
T96
12
Briny Baird +7 F +3 75 74 149
T96
15
Jon Mills +7 F +2 76 73 149
T96
15
Bennett Blakeman (a) +7 F +2 76 73 149
T96
15
Chris Williams (a) +7 F +2 76 73 149
T96
15
Marc Turnesa +7 F +2 76 73 149
T96
15
Greg Chalmers +7 F +2 76 73 149
T96
12
Alex Cejka +7 F +3 75 74 149
T96
34
Jim Furyk +7 F +4 74 75 149
T96
34
Sam Saunders +7 F +4 74 75 149
T96
34
D.A. Points +7 F +4 74 75 149
T96
12
Michael Tobiason Jr. +7 17* +3 75 75
T113
29
Scott Barr +8 F +4 75 75 150
T113
14
Miguel A. Jimenez +8 F +2 77 73 150
T113
68
Ryan Moore +8 F +6 73 77 150
T113
2
Nicholas Colsaerts +8 F +3 76 74 150
T113
29
Fred Funk +8 F +4 75 75 150
T113
91
Angel Cabrera +8 F +8 71 79 150
T113
14
K.J. Choi +8 F +2 77 73 150
T113
79
Peter Uihlein (a) +8 F +7 72 78 150
T113
29
Matthew Edwards +8 F +4 75 75 150
T122
112
Bubba Dickerson +9 F +10 70 81 151
T122
38
Geoff Ogilvy +9 F +5 75 76 151
T122
77
Robert Allenby +9 F +7 73 78 151
T122
11
Kirk Triplett +9 F +4 76 75 151
T122
38
Thomas Levet +9 F +5 75 76 151
T122
11
Joey Lamielle +9 F +4 76 75 151
T128
12
Robert Dinwiddie +10 F +3 78 74 152
T128
66
Cheng-Tsung Pan (a) +10 F +7 74 78 152
T128
17
Hiroyuki Fujita +10 F +2 79 73 152
T128
12
David Howell +10 F +3 78 74 152
T128
66
Chris Wilson +10 F +7 74 78 152
T128
44
Michael Campbell +10 F +6 75 77 152
T128
44
Jonathan Byrd +10 F +6 75 77 152
T128
1
Zach Byrd +10 F +4 77 75 152
T128
17
Michael Smith +10 F +5 76 76 152
T128
1
Michael Whitehead +10 17 +4 77 77
T138
7
Maarten Lafeber +11 F +3 79 74 153
T138
54
Brian Locke +11 F +7 75 78 153
T138
54
Ryan Nelson +11 F +7 75 78 153
T138
27
Beau Hossler (a) +11 F +6 76 77 153
T138
7
Dae-Hyun Kim +11 F +3 79 74 153
T138
11
Brad Adamonis +11 F +5 77 76 153
T138
27
Adam Long +11 F +6 76 77 153
T145
5
Andreas Harto +12 F +5 78 76 154
T145 Scott Pinckney (a) +12 F +4 79 75 154
T145 Will Wilcox +12 17 +4 79 79
T148
21
Geoffery Sisk +13 F +7 77 78 155
T148
5
Kevin Na +13 F +4 80 75 155
T148
8
Steve Irwin (a) +13 F +6 78 77 155
T148
21
Brett Patterson (a) +13 F +7 77 78 155
T152
4
Ty Tryon +15 F +2 84 73 157
T152
2
David Chung (a) +15 F +4 82 75 157
154
27
Matthew Richardson +16 F +10 77 81 158
155 Michael Barbosa (a) +24 F +12 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
Categories: European TourPGA TourPro GolfU.S. OPEN
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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.


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