Defending U.S. Open Champion Misses Putts And Misses Cuts in 2012
Some players have Olympic dreams.
Rory McIlroy had an Olympic nightmare.
Oh, not the Olympics. This had nothing to do with the Summer Games coming up in London. This has to do with Olympic Club in San Francisco. The defending U.S. Open Champion – a year after he was 10-under – finished at 10-over par at this year’s U.S. Open. He didn’t even make the cut.
He didn’t make the cut because he didn’t make any putts. He looked like a Sunday club golfer rather than the #2-ranked golfer in the world.
Last year, after blitzing Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C., and vaulting onto the world’s sports map, he famously went back to his native Northern Ireland and had a few pints in the pub. This year, after being blitzed by the golf course, he may have gone to a pub in San Francisco – perhaps O’Neill’s by the Giants stadium – and have several pints.
Except this time, it would be to drown his sorrows and not to celebrate.
One would think that Olympic’s hilly, slanted terrain and weather that can be like Northern Ireland – Bill Dwyer’s “between warm and windbreaker” explanation of Thursday’s first round in the L.A. Times was perfectly on target – would be ideal for McIlroy. That it would make him feel at home.
Instead, he looked as unsteady as an Irishmen in a pub at closing time.
Well Rory, there’s always next year. And as you’ve seen already, what a difference a year makes when it comes to the U.S. Open.