Roars for Rory: the Former n.1 Golfer Comes Back in Style!

Rory McIlroy ends his 539 day drought and what a come back it was at the Arnold Palmer Invitational! The former number 1 golfer in the world switched putter in the beginning of the week and sent a clear message at Bay Hill yesterday: when Rory’s putter is red hot, he’s still the most dominating golfer out there.

After a slow start, Rory finished with -8 in the last 13 holes, recording a 64 to win by three strokes. His long game was off the chart with drivers over 350 yards and 6-irons from about 220 yards. Under 150 yards, his game was in complete control with many 3/4 swings that landed very close to the pins. But, like I said, his new TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto Prototype made all the difference in this world.

Rory said earlier last week that he was putting “too mechanically.” He was focusing too much on technicalities in his swing. His coach worked with him to make the putting swing more natural. “I don’t have to hit a perfect put,” Rory commented after his first two rounds, via NBC Sport. “The hole is big enough.” Well, it’s hard to disagree with that. So why did it take so much time? Hard to understand what goes on in a golfer’s head. Rory went from firing multiple putting coaches to using three different putters in four rounds, missing cuts after cuts while hitting perfect shots from tee to green. Sometimes, there is no real explanation other than “it was all in his head.”

The question now becomes whether he can remain consistent and be the Rory McIlroy we know. If his physically healthy and his head is clear, the answer is clearly yes. Rory proved it with such a dominating performance on his final round yesterday. Not only he beat DeChambeau, Stenson, Rose and Tiger Woods, but he came back from a rough start where everyone was making birdies and he was stuck at 10 under par.

As a matter of fact, Rory is the closest thing to Tiger Woods. No other player in the field, other than Tiger Woods, can fire up the crowd on Sunday. 5 birdies in the last 6 holes with a chip-in at 15 and a masterpiece on the last green made the spectators jump to their feet.

That fist pump said it all: Rory is back and ready to compete at Augusta! But the competition is going to be fierce considering, just to name a few, that Justin Rose has been playing an amazing golf – he finished 14 under this week after starting +4 in the first 6 holes – and Tiger finished 12th, 2nd and 5th in his last 3 tournaments.


A graduate of Farmingdale State College with a B.S. in Sports Management and current second-year student at Touro Law Center. Born and raised in Varese, Italy. DIII soccer and golf player. 360-degree sports fan with a burning passion for soccer and basketball.