Rory McIlroy prepares to break a 23-year-old record at the US Open
Rory McIlroy is preparing to achieve what no man has done in the last 23 years… defend the US Open title. It has been a mysterious couple of weeks as far as the 23-year-old Northern Ireland national is concerned.
Media has been facing a blackout from Rory McIlroy, which has made it very hard to predict how the golf prodigy is dealing with the pressure. However, Rory McIlroy finally decided to come out in media on Tuesday.
In his interview, Rory McIlroy admitted the task of defending the US Open title would be tediously hectic job. The last man to successfully defend the US Open title was Curtis Strange in 1989.
Since then seldom has any player created hype about winning back to back titles. Even the great Tiger Woods failed to do so in his prime. However, Rory McIlroy’s eight-stroke victory at Congressional last year has led many to believe that the youngster would be the man to break the record.
Rory McIlroy would have to bring his A-game to the field if he wants to grab another US Open title. It is needless to mention that Rory McIlroy’s performance has been under par lately. Although, Rory McIlroy showed some improvement at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis last week, the former World No. 1 came up with a poor finish at The Olympic Club.
Rory McIlroy, who is second placed in the golf rankings, believes playing an extra tournament before the second major of the year has affected his performance.
“It's not like it was my fourth tournament in a row and I've been in contention for four weeks in a row and it drains you and takes a lot out of you mentally and physically,” Rory McIlroy said. “The first couple of weeks of that stretch I had the weekend off, where I was just on the range hitting balls. So I feel fresh.”
“I feel like I had a great four days up here, the weekend of Memorial and before Memphis and got some really good work done here. And I felt like as soon as I got to Memphis I was straight into the tournament, so I wasn't waiting around for it. I feel like it's worked out well for me.”
Before Memphis, Rory McIlroy got some private lessons from the golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Rory McIlroy also spent some time assessing the changes made to the layout of Olympic Club in San Francisco. When Rory McIlroy was asked to comment on the level of difficulty of this year’s US Open he said, “I'm not sure, I've only played three.”
“Congressional and Bethpage were very similar (to each other), they were both very wet, long, tree lined, parklike golf courses,” Rory McIlroy continued. “This is a little more similar to Pebble (Beach). It has that feeling about it, just with being on the coast and sort of the cool air and stuff.”
“I'm not sure it will be quite as difficult as Pebble was a couple of years ago, but it's going to be a tough test,” Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open winner concluded.