In this piece we take a look at Rory McIlroy and whether he can win the 2019 US Open.
Can Rory McIlroy Win The US Open?
It seemed forever ago that Rory won the 2011 US Open at Congressional where he blew away the field to win by eight. Just a few months after his capitulation at the Masters, the victory was supposed to start the incredible career of McIlroy which would see him win many Majors for years to come.
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But this has not been the case. Sure, he won the 2012 and 2014 US PGA and the 2014 Open Championship, but for the past few years, he has been struggling immensely to consistently contend at the top. A few top 10’s have been sprinkled in to his Major resume of late, and he has shown excellent form in 2019 so far.
Bearing this in mind, we ask the question, can he win the US Open at Pebble Beach? Now the answer to this has three prongs to it. What is his form like? Does the course suit him? What about the other contenders and favourites? We answer all three below.
What Is His Form Like?
Long story short, his form is pretty incredible at the moment. He had a massive win at the Players Championship and has had nine top-10s in 10 starts during the calendar year of 2019. Additionally his one result outside the top-10 came at The Masters and he still managed to come in tied 21st so its not like he missed the cut.
Does The Course Suit Him?
Given the length of Pebble Beach and the tiny size of the greens, it seems the course sets up nicely for Rory. He is one of the finest drivers of the ball in the game and is one of the longest players on tour. Additionally his iron-play is solid as he currently hits around 70% of greens which nearly puts him into the top-10 on the PGA Tour.
What is more questionable is his putting which is rather hot and cold and given how fast and slick US Open greens tend to be, this could be the aspect of his game that holds him back from victory.
All in all, McIlroy is more than capable of winning the US Open in 2019 given his talent, but there are plenty of quality players who will be vying for the victory too….
What About The Other Contenders and Favourites?
It is incredibly difficult to win golf tournaments nowadays purely because of how many brilliant players there are now. We take a look at some of the other favourites to win the tournament here.
He has won four Majors from eight Major appearances so need we say more? He just always seems to be contending in Majors and it would not be surprising to see him up there on Sunday.
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Johnson is coming off two runners-up places in Majors having been so close to victory during The Masters and PGA Championship. He has contended at Pebble Beach before so it is clearly a course that suits his game and suits his eye.
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The main question here revolves around his wrist injury which saw him withdraw from the PGA Championship. If he is fit though, Thomas is talented enough to rip up most courses so he could be a sleeper to watch.
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A regular contender in most tournaments he plays, the time has come for Rose to add to his Major tally. He has had a victory this year and has had several top-10s to boot so Rose has some form going into the event.
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A Major winner once again after collecting his 15th Major at The Masters, Tiger is bound to be a favourite heading into most Majors from now on. Add to that Woods’ historical record at Pebble Beach and if he can keep his driver from misbehaving then he is more than capable of contending.
Who do you think is going to win the US Open? Do you think Rory will win his fifth Major?