Go Rory Go!

At the halfway mark of his third round, Rory McIlroy is a very healthy eight shots clear of the field in the US Open.

Just to put the figures in context: Golf has four Major tournaments contested on an annual basis. A McIlroy victory in the US Open on Sunday will mean that five of the last eighteen Majors have been won by Irishmen (Harrington’s treble and McDowell’s US Open triumph.) The other titles were won by 5 Americans (Tiger Woods on two occasions), 3 South Africans, one Argentinian (Angel Cabrera twice), one German and one South Korean.

That is an incredible statistic given the international appeal of golf. Go Rory Go!!!

  • al

    I just hope he doesn’t lose his nerve in the last round. His game today is perhaps a notch down from the 1st and 2nd rounds but that’s to be expected. He certainly looks on course to bag me £350 from a speculative pre-tournament flutter. Keep ‘er lit!

  • lamhdearg

    chris
    is it on real tv or just sky

  • Chris Donnelly

    al

    Rory’s popularity outside of this island is due to his ability to deal with those cruel setbacks in an honest and humbling manner. I think people from right across the golfing world will be rooting for him to see this through to completion as he’s the obvious heir apparent to Woods.

  • nightrider

    The US Open hasn’t had a European winner for 40 years, now it looks like it’s going to be won by 2 British golfers in a row. Both from Northern Ireland.
    All of the UK (and possibly the RoI) will be cheering Rory on.
    Is it possible we can have a British triumph at the US Open and Wimbledon in the same year?

  • lamhdearg

    (and possibly the RoI) i think we can be sure that most of Eire’s people will be rooting for rory, just dont tell mark mcg, he hates him. is it on tv, ah F*** it i will get up and look.

  • John Ó Néill

    After the Masters experience he has really stood up. There can’t be any doubt that he will win a major now. Whether he sees it out here, he now knows after this year that he is easily good enough. Whatever happens (and its hard to appreciate how much attention he is getting in the US and the pressure that brings), he’s only 22 and he’s only getting started. Fair play to him.

  • nightrider

    Rory on his nationality:
    http://www.pgatour.com/2009/tournaments/r010/03/04/wednesday_transcript_mcilroy/index.html

    RORY McILROY: I think so. Obviously being British and playing well at the British Open, you know, there was a lot of media attention. I’ve sort of got used to it over the past couple of years.

    Why is he being labelled ‘Irish’?

  • lamhdearg

    dual nationality, we can all claim it (i dont) on another day he may well feel and call himself irish, good luck to the young man whatever he calls himself, to me he is an Ulsterman. Update please on play.

  • mainstreetexile

    nightrider

    lower the tone why don’t you?
    good luck to rory.

  • BBC live text

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/9516343.stm

    -14 McIlroy
    -5 Westwood, Day, Garrigus, Yang
    -4 Jacobson, Kuchar

  • lamhdearg

    thank you m.p.

  • nightrider

    Golf, like FIFA, and many other sports and organisations recognises that the UK constitutes 4 different ‘regions’. And that the RoI is part of the British Isles, but with a nominal separate jurisidiction.
    I suspect all of the British Isles will be willing the Ulsterman to victory.

  • lamhdearg

    8ft putt the boys on fire, silly me just caught on its on the radio.

  • lamhdearg

    let it go nightrider, no ones biting.

  • nightrider

    http://www.majorschampionships.com/usopen/2011/scoring/index.cfm

    Have a fiver on him at 20-1, but I had the same at the Masters…..

  • Pete Baker

    “Why is he being labelled ‘Irish’?”

    Indeed.

    There is no other sport in which it is the individual who is more tested than in golf.

    Attempting to grab that individual for nationalistic purposes says more about the paucity of that nationalist purpose that the individual concerned.

    Let him play his tournament.

    Then celebrate his victory.

  • lamhdearg

    comon rory 15 under

  • lamhdearg

    good stuff. thats my sunday night sorted out.

  • Dewi

    fantastic…..i just hope he sleeps ok..

  • al

    Very nicely played. Just needs to play safe tomorrow and he’s home and dry and I’ll be rich!

  • Mick Fealty

    “I’m officially gobsmacked”! Fair play Rory.

    Oh, and by the way, next one to use this thread to make a cheap political shot needn’t bother coming back. I don’t care what their politics is.

    Gerry, if you ever have the misfortune to find this thread and read this far down I hope your boy gives you the father’s day present you so patently deserve. Took at least three generations to get it right though!! 😉

    Remembering you and your da (and mine) today.

  • Chris Donnelly

    The lad must be a cert to see things out from here and exorcise that Augusta ghost.

    This is definitely the beginning of something special.

  • Nunoftheabove

    He’s 1/14 with Paddy Power. This is surely a tough lead to blow……

    No frills through the front nine, greens in regulation, keep the wheels on should a wobbly three putt occur early doors. Hard to know how best to approach it. I’d be inclined to try to put myself mentally in the position beforehand of being thrilled to be, say, two clear at the turn as opposed to feeling that I’d blown it and had something yet to prove in the back nine and then…..wow.

    Easier said than done and he’s so natural. Percentages golf ain’t his thing. An uneasy night in with the whiskey and cigars for this viewer, I fear. Can’t bleeding wait 🙂

    Knock ’em dead, kid.

  • HeinzGuderian

    I backed him for this a week after the meltdown at The Masters. £75 @ 25/1 with McLeans.

    Flawless golf on the first Two days,apart from the double bogey on the 18th on Friday morning.
    But maybe that was a good thing. A warning from the Congressional Course that it can bite back.

    His driving wasn’t great last night,but he started with a Six shot lead and ended with an Eight shot lead.

    By the way,Rory is -14
    Yang-6
    Westwood, Day and Garrigus -5.

    Contrary to reports here,Rory never got to -15 !!

    Still 18 holes to play,on a course that can still be dangerous. But I won’t be selling my docket !! 😉

    http://www.majorschampionships.com/usopen/2011/scoring/scorecards/index.cfm?id=28237

  • lamhdearg

    Heinz
    i was only wishing for 15 under, not claiming it.

  • Republic of Connaught

    The lad is amazing for 22 years old. Let’s hope it’s the first of many majors for him and his family who helped so much to get him there.

  • Nunoftheabove

    Jesus howled, one might have known that the ethno-insistence crew might be out. Listen you parochial hayseed cross-eyed muthaz, the only one positioned to make a call of any description on the lad’s nationality (assuming he regards this as of the remotest consequence to him perosnally beyond the requirement to have appropriate travel documentation i n order to make his living (which I am unaware of any evidence for)) and to entertain the fans – abject duffers for the most part – is he himself.

    Sand in yer eyes yiz and nine irons inserted at 90 degrees deep within each of your, ahem, divots.

    Get right intae thum young Holywoodster 🙂

  • HeinzGuderian

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/04/10/21-irish-4-up-at-augusta-with-18-to-play/comment-page-2/#comment-837889

    Sorry qwerty.I missed your comment on this bigotry ??

    Seems a few people get their panties in a twist over a flag. How silly of them.

  • lamhdearg

    can we please on this one post, draw a line under the whole national identity issue, and just talk about the sport and the young man himself, there are lots of posts where we all can thrash out the meaning of life.

  • ulsterobserver

    Good luck to Rory tonight and lets hope he does us all proud and returns home the US Open Champion 2011, and please don’t let us forget that Graeme McDowell did us proud last year winning this championship also.

    Please click on Rory’s website link to keep up with what he is doing all year round not just this weekend.

    Stand up for the Ulstermen !

    http://www.rorymcilroy.com/

  • andnowwhat

    Think the George Best/joey Dunlop idea should apply ie. who cares what he is or isn’t.

    Not a golf fan as such but always good to see a kid from here doing well.

    BW, what a spanking Derry have given Armagh.

  • Nunoftheabove

    I was hearing this morning that out of seven rounds of major championship golf this season McIlroy has led for all but nine holes. That’s impressive professional golf by any definition.

    The dinner’s sizzling in the oven, the wine’s breathing, I have pre-announced a value add deficiency of c. 100% for tomorrow’s employment and we’re all set at Nun Towers.

    “I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes they’d come up sliced”. ~ Lee Trevino

  • vanhelsing

    All the best to Rory – would be lovely to see another Ulsterman win a big title.

    Re nationality. Chris Donnelly lists Harrington [a proud Irishmen] and McDowell [a proud Ulsterman] and [having checked Rorys website] it seems to doubt he is an Ulsterman. Check out the obviousness of the NI flag on his website. Clearly Chris, in being a big fan of Rory, [not] has never been to his website 🙂

    http://www.rorymcilroy.com/

    I agree with Pete Baker “Attempting to grab that individual for nationalistic purposes says more about the paucity of that nationalist purpose that the individual concerned.”

  • Nunoftheabove

    vanhelsing etc

    Yes indeed it does; so why play exactly the same game as they do on the non-issue with your own form of nationalism ? Give it up for the love of christ. You guys go squabble like so many flag waving ill-educated berks up some back street entry with the other urban urchins this evening while the rest of us watch the event for the love of the sport and with some hope invested in a young exciting local player making our day and cheering us up (lord knows we need cheering up from the likes of these sad sacks bickering like over-caffeinated under-sexed adolescents).

    Perhaps we should borrow back a well known relatively recent book title and rephrase it thus: “Golf Is Great – (but) How Religion (and nationalist/loyalist politics) Poisons Everything.

  • JR

    Rory does us all proud. The best of luck to him tonight.

  • dwatch

    Rory tee’s off at 8.20 PM. Can’t wait to see you bring home the second US open trophy to little ole Norn Iron.

    Come on Rory you can do it. 1,789,000 people here alone will be cheering you on. Lets see you pick up another two birdies to finish with minus 16.

  • pippakin

    I wish him the best of luck and really, really hope he doesn’t see this thread, if at all, until after he’s won the championship.

    Go Rory!!

  • nightrider

    Unfortunately the US Open isn’t a ‘listed’ event, so no terrestrial TV coverage. Sky only and the finish will probably stretch beyond opening time. Unless you’ve got a friendly landlord and the cops decide to take a pragmatic attitude:)

  • nightrider

    *closing time*

    A neutral thread on his hopeful victory, minus any politics would be good to see.

  • Mick Fealty

    It would. And fair play to those who’ve been holding the line for a sports only thread. I was going to dish out some reds, but I have just had a blissed out Fathers Day and am more focsed on a visit to one of two Sky pubs later, before resiling to some cheap online stream of the Open on the net till the very end.

    As an aside: great display by Derry earlier. Disappointing for Armagh. I begin to understand what Mickey Hart was complaining about re the Ulster Championship and the back door. I still have two horses in both races: Donegal and Down.

  • lamhdearg

    can anyone tell me if it is legal to watch the golf on the internet ie on the my2p2 station, as i have heard it can be done.

  • andnowwhat

    @Mick.

    I’d my Father’s day last weekend. The wee girl had the card and all waiting for me when I woke up. Hadn’t the heart to set her straight.

    Don’t know why but I’ve knots in my stomach about Rory’s game. He will surely have worked out what went wrong the last time and have it sorted.

    Reminds me, slightly, of Barry Mc Guigan’s fight with Pedrosa.

  • Don’t forget Five Live.

    Good to see Rory still supporting Lough Erne unlike the banks.

    Good luck young man.

    They’ll be dancing round the maypole in Holywood.

  • Dewi

    I switched off Sky last year cos Murdoch was pissing me off so much – blah! – have to find a Sky Sports pub in Cardiff Bay – Come on Rory!

  • lamhdearg

    my2p2 is it true

  • Mick Fealty

    The Railway Inn just up the road is open until 1am. But more likely I’ll be watching the stream on http://www.liveonlinefooty.com/ on channel 14… £2 gets you in for the night, or £6 for two months.

  • Mark McGregor

    I guess I’m alone as a nordie being bitter enough to hope the Stormont standard waver blows up again 😉

    I’ll still be up to late watching and pretending not to to cheer!

  • Mark McGregor

    Mick,

    Free stream here: http://atdhenet.tv/37663/watch-us-open-championships-2011

    Feel free to remove the link and ask me for it in private 😉

  • Nunoftheabove

    Cheers Mark. Incidentally while Chi Chi Rodriguez may well have been referring to his own Puerto Rican accent, is it just possible he may also have had the lad McDowell in mind when he said that “After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye” ?

  • Fraoile

    Feeling strangely patriotic but good see a local boy doing good.

    Bring it home Rory!!

  • lamhdearg

    “some battle for second spot”

  • lamhdearg

    here we go here we go here we go

  • JR

    That was a great put

  • andnowwhat

    Putt?

  • andnowwhat

    Checked on P.ie. There is a thread set up by a guy from NI but no interest bar one from anyone from the ROI.

    Make of that what you will.

  • lamhdearg

    p.ie. that reminds me , i must put on the dinner.

  • andnowwhat

    This time of night?

    Order a Chinese

  • Mark

    make of that what you will …… ??

    Oh its hands off the South … Is that it andnowwhat ?

    Rory is a superstar now … he is to golf what Messi is to soccer , Nadal is to tennis , Ali is to Boxing and Turgon is to blogging lol.

  • Mark

    Andnowwhat ,

    Saw your comparison with McGuigan earlier , same kinda atmosphere tonite to a degree however Rory was 20/1 on to win this evening , McGuigan was even money with Pedrosa …

    The difference between the two is Rory can go on to become one of the best if not the best golfer of all time and Barry was unlucky ( wink)

  • Mick Fealty

    Holywood Golf Club: http://yfrog.com/z/gz0lerj

  • andnowwhat.[3.30 ystry]
    No real interest in golf but kudos top McIlroy nonetheless.
    Derry did a brilliant job there too. I have two nephews who were in the last Derry minors side who won the minors title a few years ago.

  • Henry94

    What a thrilling achievement. Thank God it wasn’t close. It would have been unbearable. Rory and I have a shared identity. We are both Man Utd fans.

  • Mick Fealty

    Henry,

    I was chuffed with his choice of colour. Bet his da was too!