Monday, June 20, 2011

McIl-Joy!

Thanks to the great people at Lexus (hey, go buy a Lexus ... heck, buy two!) for the entire weekend, we will be at out Congressional posting and tweeting from the U.S. Open. Swing by and check out what we have to offer and follow us on Twitter at @shanebacon.

BETHESDA, Md. -- At no point on Sunday did you think this tournament was in question. None. From the first tee, when Rory McIlroy smashed his three-wood well past the driver of Y.E. Yang, only to find it in the middle of the divot. His approach shot that spun just short of the hole, and the inevitable birdie putt that dropped that showed he wasn't letting off the gas until this thing was well in the bag, McIlroy was champion here on Friday, but had to finish it off on Sunday and did so in complete style.

I think my favorite mini-story of the success of McIlroy just one major after his collapse at Augusta National was his tee shot on the 10th hole on Sunday, that same swing hole that caused him to fall apart at the Masters. There, he snapped his driver nearly out of play, into a section of the famous golf course that most fans had never seen before on television. Here, he hit a tee shot that nearly went in for an ace (I was right there to watch it), and had the crowd understanding that this man didn't understand the words "play it safe."

It's fun when someone does what McIlroy did in sports. We got to see a glimpse of this with Dirk Dirk Nowitzki in the NBA playoffs, and Tim Thomas in net for the Bruins, but what Rory did made little sense. He turned what was, and is, an exceptional U.S. Open venue into a virtual pitch and putt, and showed that all the hype is warranted, and his future is as exciting as his constant club-twirl.

I wll have more on my experience at the U.S. Open later today, and throughout the rest of the week, but as one observer of Rory's, I have to say, damn this kid is good.

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