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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rorymania Spreads

It looks like today will be something special in the golf world.

Will it be Tigermania all over again? I don't know.

What I do know is that I heard thousands of people chanting "Let's go, Rory, let's go!" during his third round Saturday -- where, btw, he set a new record and broke one of the records he set Friday. In case you missed it, he set a new aggregate 54-hole score of 199, one better than Jim Furyk at the 2003 U.S. Open, and broke the all-time scoring record (relative to par) of -13 he set Friday by finishing Saturday's round at -14.

Will Rory win this tournament? Yeah, I think so. Saturday morning I heard several commentators guessing what he would score in his third round, and several said it would give us some idea how he might hold up Sunday. Rather than just holding his ground, Rory managed to increase his lead from 6 to 8 strokes. (For the record, I guessed he would score 67, one better than the 68 he actually posted.) So while he might have some trouble today, I don't expect a repeat of Masters Sunday.

One way or the other, we'll see a record-breaking performance. I suspect the worst Rory will do is -1 or maybe even par, which would give him a record-setting final score. That means unless he backs up -- and I'll be surprised if he does -- Lee Westwood, Robert Garrigus, or Jason Day will need a record-setting performance to catch him. (No, as much as I like Yang, I don't think he has that good a score in him this week.) It would take an even better score for Garcia, Kuchar, or Jacobson to catch him.

I think this U.S. Open belongs to Rory McIlroy... but is the world of golf part of his prize?


  1. Congratulations to Rory on his amazing achievement. He has done everyone proud at Holywood Golf Club. We are looking forward to welcoming the US Open trophy back to Northern Ireland. Well done to GMac too for his top 15 finish. Not bad for our little corner of the world ;)

  2. Not bad at all. Northern Ireland can now consider itself a golf powerhouse, having won two majors in just over 12 months and having 2 players in the Top 10 of the OWGR!