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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.

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