How the hell did we forget about Rory McIlroy? Maybe we didn’t entirely forget about him, but it seemed he was often left absent in talking about the games next star.
It’s easy to look at Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and wonder who will be the next great golfer chasing Jack Nicklaus (hopefully soon Tiger) for most majors in golf history. However, seemingly forgotten about in recent years, Rory McIlroy is still poised to shake up golf’s greats as far as careers go.
Fresh off his first win on the PGA tour in over a year at Bayhill, McIlroy looks poised to put a disappointing 2017 behind him. Still only 28 and already the winner of 4 majors, McIlroy’s game seems to be in top shape – rounding into form nicely before the Masters, the lone major escaping his career grand slam. It’s worth wondering what 2018 has in store for Rory.
McIlroy struggled with his putting in 2016 and 2017, but seems to have regained his form early on this year ranking 23rd in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour. Rory is arguably the best driver on the tour, consistently ranking in the tops of strokes gained off the tee, but it’s been his putter that has been missing in previous years.
With 23 professional wins to his name and 4 majors already, McIlroy has cemented himself in history already. But he’s only 28 with so much good golf left in front of him. If Rory can find sustained consistency on the greens we very well could look back in five years and ever wonder how we didn’t see his resurgence coming.