Rory with a big point to prove
Rory’s best is better than anyone else’s. The trouble is, he doesn’t seem to find his best quite as often as some of the world’s other top players – and it all boils down to his poor putting. He led the PGA Tour in ‘strokes gained – off the tee’ and was second in ‘strokes gained – tee to green’ last season. But he was 135th in putting, losing 0.207 shots to the field on the greens each round.
Despite his cold putter, he still managed to average 4.42 birdies per round (second on the PGA Tour), win three times and take home the FedEx Cup crown and the massive cheque that goes with it. At the age of 27, his CV already boasts four majors and 22 global victories. How good would he be if he was just an average putter, let alone a good one?
We want to see how dominant McIlroy could be if he finds his groove on the greens. He’s long been touted as the heir-apparent to Tiger Woods, but Jason Day and Dustin Johnson’s superior putting skills took them past him last year. It’s time for McIlroy to step up and show everyone he is the dominant force. There were positive signs when a change of putter led to wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship at the back end of 2016. It could be a very big year for McIlroy.