Watching the US Open this weekend was pretty interesting. Our inevitable champion, Titleist Pro Rory Mcilroy, seemingly had the whole thing locked up so tight, that there really wasn’t a whole lot of dramatic intrigue. And as he poured in birdie after birdie, hole after hole, the closer we got to Sunday and the end of the tournament, the more obvious it was that no one was going to challenge the kid. Now, I don’t dislike Rory Mcilroy, but I’m also not the president of his fan club, either. The method by which I decide to root for a specific golfer is vague and mysterious and fickle and subjective. For whatever reason, Rory isn’t one of those (un)lucky golfers. And so I found myself in a strange place this weekend, watching him completely dominate. It was both boring and exciting. Distracting and riveting.
So what did you watch for? Or did you continue to watch at all? Was the endless barrage of purely struck irons enough to keep you invested in the Open? Or did you, perhaps, give in to some of your more shadowy thoughts and consider, even for a moment, the possibility of another collapse? Or maybe something crazy from Y.E. Yang and his endless supply of hybrids? I have to admit that I watched for and thought about all of these things. It was undoubtedly not the experience I had in mind on Thursday when the tournament started, but by Sunday, I had grooved into a place of strange interest nonetheless. The ghosts of Augusta loomed, the golf ball continued to be struck with rather incredible purity. The putts fell, and Y.E. Yang and his hybrids continued to grind against futility and domination.
Here are the clubs Rory Mcilroy used this week to make golf look rather easy:
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
Fairway Woods: Titleist 906F2 (13.5°) with True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft; (18°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft
Irons: Titleist MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x