Best US Open finish: 1st, 2011 Finish in 2004: DNP
Four wins and 17 top-10s from 32 majors suggest Rory will be in contention if he blows hot. But he’s not finished top at a Grand Slam event since the 2014 US PGA, and his missed Masters opportunity may have diminished his self-assurance. A brief lesson from putting great Brad Faxon seemed to correct his notoriously shaky stroke, but it failed him at times on Sunday at Augusta and will need to be firing at Shinnecock. But he also needs his iron play to stack up. McIlroy has been strangely inaccurate this season (182nd in GIR percentage, 97th in SG: Approach-theGreen), and he will need to improve those areas if Faxon’s advice is to have any effect.