US Open – Golf Diamante
Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

US Open – Golf Diamante
Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

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Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

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If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

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The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)

image

The countdown has already begun on whether Phil Mickelson can ever win the US Open. After his latest valiant attempt he looked visibly worn after competing in another Open which on any other day might well have been his. How many more times can Mickelson perform on the ultimate golfing stage. (more…)

The best US Open ever
With the US Open at Merion just a few days away, we take a look back at previous national championships to bring you arguably the five best US Opens ever played out: (more…)

US Open Merion 2013
The 2013 US Open returns to one of its most iconic venues this year. Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, might well be the smallest plot of land to have held a US Open, and at less than 7,000 yards it may well be the shortest, but it punches well above its weight and will be the most demanding test of any golf event this year. (more…)

Fridays aren't Rory's favorite
Fridays aren’t Rory’s favorite

Despite winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth two weeks ago, it is clear that Rory McIlroy is still having an internal fight with himself and unless he can come to terms with it, he can give up any hope of winning the US Open for a second time.

Just when it looks like he’s hot, he’s not! Again at the Memorial last week we witnessed a player doing everything in his power to underachieve.

So far this season, he is 3rd in Scoring (69.739), yet since the Shell Houston Open he has casually thrown in a poor second round in his next four tournaments:

A 77 at the Masters, a 76 at the Wells Fargo, a 74 at The Players Championship and, last time out, a 78 after opening up with a 63 at the Memorial.

This isn’t just bad play, this isn’t misfortune, this is carelessness and mental fragility. Each time he’s struck out in the second round he has rebounded with solid scoring over the weekend.

A look at his round by round aggregate scoring since the Shell Houston Open and it reads:

Round 1: -17
Round 2: +16
Round 3: -12
Round 4: -18

Remove the second round and McIlroy might well have won five in a row! His only win so far this season at Wentworth also reveals his worst round was a second round 71.

And I’m not the only one to notice this either, McIlroy himself has hinted his inability to stop the rot once it kicks in:

Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but, these little runs I’m getting on, it just seems to get away from me.

This might be something deeper, when McIlroy first showed presence in a major, at St Andrews in 2010, he did so after shooting an opening day 63 before falling back with a second round 80. Even then he finished the weekend off with a 69, 68. Sound familiar?

His response that day might well be worth re-visiting, because its clear he hasn’t learnt his lesson:

If I had just stuck in there a little more on Friday and sort of held it together more, it could have been a different story.

So what is the matter? Because three straight double-bogeys at the Memorial indicates an inability to “stick in there”.

It can’t be his relationship issues, or the much-hinted at ’witchcraft’ at play with Wozniaki’s change of avatar – his poor Friday form has been there since March.

Maybe he has injury problems, if he does it isn’t evident on the course and his closing 69, 72 would certainly suggest not. Perhaps its complacency, I hope it is complacency, it’ll be the easiest thing to fix if it is.

What’s certain is that if Rory doesn’t get his Friday blues sorted, then just making the cut at the US Open might be an issue, let alone making a weekend charge. An opening 66 at Pinehurst No.2 means nothing if he can’t consolidate it. And even if he does manage to keep it together for three rounds, will memories of the Honda Classic haunt him?

There are too many things counting against McIlroy this year to be a strong contender for the US Open, but golf will continue to throw up the surprises. A Mickelson versus McIlroy duel would certainly be one for the ages but perhaps a far more prudent bet would be for both to miss the cut.

image

Phil Mickelson’s desire to win a U.S. Open is as well known in golf as Tiger Woods’s quest for 18 majors. But as much as a golfer needs desire, when he hits 40 he needs health his too. Whilst one is not lacking, the other looks increasingly so.

(more…)

image
If its felt like a short golf season on the PGA Tour this year then its because it has been. Starting in January at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii it ends in the third week of September at East Lake in Atlanta for The Tour Championship. Once again the fate of FedEx’s millions is at stake for one multi-millionaire golfer. (more…)

Phil Mickelson wins the open
Phil Mickelson’s Open win at Muirfield proved true the golfing adage ‘Play to play great, don’t play to not play poorly”. Whilst the best golfers in the world struggled to conquer the historic links, Mickelson, the golfer most unsuited to the challenge of links golf took hold of the Championship by completing a flawless round of golf to outplay a high calibre, experienced leaderboard. (more…)

Adam Scott & Justin Rose
This year has already seen two first time major winners in Adam Scott at the Masters and Justin Rose at the US Open. Both are seasoned professionals with multiple tour titles in their lockers. However, how much pressure does a major exert and when are we likely to see them win again? (more…)