Rory with a big point to prove

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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.

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