Rory blew best chance for green jacket

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Rory's struggles at ANGC are well documented. Despite the course being set up for a bomber who hits draws, the greens have always been too much for him to handle. But last week the course was as soft as I can ever remember it, and as we saw Saturday it could be over powered by guys taking dead aim at flags and the ball stopping where it landed. This is the perfect scenario for Rory, as all his majors have come on rain softened courses that he could attack.
If ever Rory was gonna win a green jacket, last week was it.

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  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Summer/ Michigan-- Winter/ Florida 5403WRX Points: 484Handicap: 6Members Posts: 5,403 Titanium Tees
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    Yes Rory blew it this year, but maybe he will show up to win next year

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    rory is a somewhat better version of dj, imo ... can overpower a course when the driving is on, but if it's not spot on, doesn't have much to fall back on ... may be wrong in my assessment, but he doesn't have all the gear changes that tiger has ... or spieth, for that matter ...

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    On -, @golfandfishing said:

    I think his best chance was when he stood on 10 tee with a 4 shot lead.

    Should have won that day for sure. He really stank up the back 9 with the putter, no way to say for sure it was all down to the disaster on 10.

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    On -, @playa said:

    Rory's struggles at ANGC are well documented. Despite the course being set up for a bomber who hits draws, the greens have always been too much for him to handle. But last week the course was as soft as I can ever remember it, and as we saw Saturday it could be over powered by guys taking dead aim at flags and the ball stopping where it landed. This is the perfect scenario for Rory, as all his majors have come on rain softened courses that he could attack.
    If ever Rory was gonna win a green jacket, last week was it.

    Does he only have a few days to live?

    LOL, now the Tiger excitement means taking shots at other guys because they didn't win?

    You wanted Rory to win last week? I don't think so!

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  • KrazyTrain18KrazyTrain18  3245WRX Points: 214Handicap: 1.5Members Posts: 3,245 Titanium Tees
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    His best chance will be when he least expects it, I know he says the pressure doesn't get to him but I'm sure the media attention each Masters can't be a positive especially in years like this when he comes in with peak form.

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    Weird headline. There's 30 guys that blew their chance.

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    Yeah he wasn't even close either. He was hot coming into the tournament though. I'm surprised he didn't do better, but it's golf.

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    Here’s a theory. You don’t have to be a great putter to win the Masters.

    Those greens make lots of players look silly. You just have to be an OK putter. Rory can do that. His time will come at Augusta.

    The player who blew it this year was Day. That was his best chance to win but on Saturday his +1 while in the overnight lead was 🤢🤮

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    I was surprised that Rory wasnt in the mix. This week was more like last year, well above the cut line without really being in the mix. Has been sharper this year, expected him to be a contender. Havent seen any comments by himself about his Masters performance and since he wasnt at the top, he was not much seen on TV. Maybe just didnt get the momentum.

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    I know this isn't the thread to post this in, but just talking about Rory got me really thinking about the other pros who are all playing well. And then, I thought again about the tournament 2 days ago. How many other people still feel like this never happened, like we're in a suspended dream-state? Seriously, I feel like I need a huge slap on the face to wake up from whatever fantasy world has just revealed itself on Sunday.

    Carry on...

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    he actually drove the ball the worse i have seen him do. Draws were pull hooks...into trees, fades were pull hooks into trees. that's what undid him

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    It does't look to me as though Rory has the recovery shot prowess needed to be successful at the Masters. If you followed Tiger all four days, he hit some remarkable recovery shots from all sorts of weird places. I'm not convinced that Rory has those shot.

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    Winning majors is difficult. Something very few players achieve - even accomplished ones. Winning majors on demand is as good as impossible - even for someone as talented as Rory. And that is effectively what he is trying to do.
    It appeared the burden of trying to win at Augusta to complete the career slam was just too much. His game was ragged from day one. I feel for him. As crazy as it sounds, he would probably have a better chance of a green jacket if he hadn't already got four majors in the bag.
    Twenty years ago, it seemed only a matter of time before Ernie won a green jacket. It never happened. I fear the same will be said about Rory in twenty years from now.

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    Only one guy doesn't blow his chance for a Masters each year.

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    On -, @playa said:

    Rory's struggles at ANGC are well documented. Despite the course being set up for a bomber who hits draws, the greens have always been too much for him to handle. But last week the course was as soft as I can ever remember it, and as we saw Saturday it could be over powered by guys taking dead aim at flags and the ball stopping where it landed. This is the perfect scenario for Rory, as all his majors have come on rain softened courses that he could attack.
    If ever Rory was gonna win a green jacket, last week was it.

    Good lord.

    Rory turns 30 this summer. Yeah, he's done. No chance.

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    On -, @BMC said:

    Weird headline. There's 30 guys that blew their chance.

    Sure, but the other 30 guys don't need to win the Masters for the slam. He'll most likely win eventually, but every year he doesn't makes it harder for him.

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    On -, @tiderider said:

    rory is a somewhat better version of dj, imo ... can overpower a course when the driving is on, but if it's not spot on, doesn't have much to fall back on ... may be wrong in my assessment, but he doesn't have all the gear changes that tiger has ... or spieth, for that matter ...

    Rory can take over a tournament and has a gear that not many golfers have. He drives with the best of them on tour nearly every tournament he enters. But his wedge game and putting is the deciding factor. DJ can drive average but has a wedge game to consistently give him looks at birdie or par saves. Rory will fly the green with 120yd left and have to battle to save par. I'd imagine for any golfer it is easier to get into a groove putting when you are lining up 15ft birdies instead of HAVING to make a 10ft par to get into a rhythm.

    I am the opposite of a pro golfer so my opinion doesn't really matter, but to my untrained eye, Rory has so many moving parts that everything has to be in time and clicking. From his take away, to transition, to his legs, to the strike. It is a thing of beauty when it is on and he is an absolute machine. But when he is a little off, I'd imagine trouble shooting is difficult. However, he is a pro and I am a schmo.

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    On -, @RuffingIt said:

    meh...Rory no longer moves the needle for me. And it's not because Tiger is back in the spotlight. Something between the ears in him doesn't jive with me anymore like i remember when he went on a tear in 2014. There was definite fire in his eyes back then. He even admitted that golf isn't as fun anymore, and is more of a business than a game (or some form of that idea). Sponsor obligations, press tours, merch promo appearances, yada yada yada...too much of the business i think killed his enjoyment of the game. Then you add the Master's **** every year, and tries to down-play the importance. When the pieces don't fall his way on Masters week, he waits a whole another year for another chance...and in the meantime, the rest of the year it feels like he's just going through the motions.

    Everyone misses 2014 Valhalla Rory. I hope we get him back for a Sunday showdown with Tiger someday.

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    On -, @golfandfishing said:

    I think his best chance was when he stood on 10 tee with a 4 shot lead.

    It was actually just a 1 stroke lead by that point, but he did lead by 4 going into the final round. Missed 3 putts around the 5-8 foot range on the front at least 5 more on the back 9. From what I remember he didn't even putt that well in the first 3 rounds of the tournament (with the possible exception of round 1), but still had that sizable lead because of his ridiculous ball striking.

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    I think the course on paper looks like it fits Rory but in reality, you have to place your shots in certain spots so they roll to the right place meaning you need exceptional distance control and traj/spin control ... Rory has a lot of short wedges and does not appear to have mastered the control he needs with them.

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    On -, @RuffingIt said:

    meh...Rory no longer moves the needle for me. And it's not because Tiger is back in the spotlight. Something between the ears in him doesn't jive with me anymore like i remember when he went on a tear in 2014. There was definite fire in his eyes back then. He even admitted that golf isn't as fun anymore, and is more of a business than a game (or some form of that idea). Sponsor obligations, press tours, merch promo appearances, yada yada yada...too much of the business i think killed his enjoyment of the game. Then you add the Master's **** every year, and tries to down-play the importance. When the pieces don't fall his way on Masters week, he waits a whole another year for another chance...and in the meantime, the rest of the year it feels like he's just going through the motions.

    For me it started when he said that **** about the Olympics.

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    I was quite surprised that Rory hit 3-wood off the tee on 2 both Saturday and Sunday. That's a hole that he should hit driver and then a second shot close to, or on, the green. He looked out of sorts there. It happens.

    I also think that he could use a caddy who would kick him in the rear end from time to time.

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    A guy who can’t consistently putt is never winning the Masters. Rory needs to change up his putting stroke or use an arm lock or something. Also, his wedge game isn’t strong at all. Two of the biggest big keys to winning at ANGC are his two weakest points.

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    On -, @ldchristopher said:

    A guy who can’t consistently putt is never winning the Masters. Rory needs to change up his putting stroke or use an arm lock or something. Also, his wedge game isn’t strong at all. Two of the biggest big keys to winning at ANGC are his two weakest points.

    Couples and Sergio won it and was never known as a great putters just to name two.

    He’ll win it when he finally thinks he can’t ala Sergio.

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    On -, @gvogel said:

    I was quite surprised that Rory hit 3-wood off the tee on 2 both Saturday and Sunday. That's a hole that he should hit driver and then a second shot close to, or on, the green. He looked out of sorts there. It happens.

    ** I also think that he could use a caddy who would kick him in the rear end from time to time**.

    I agree, but Rory obviously doesn't. I'd think JP Fitz also agrees.

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    On -, @airjammer said:

    On -, @ldchristopher said:

    A guy who can’t consistently putt is never winning the Masters. Rory needs to change up his putting stroke or use an arm lock or something. Also, his wedge game isn’t strong at all. Two of the biggest big keys to winning at ANGC are his two weakest points.

    Couples and Sergio won it and was never known as a great putters just to name two.

    He’ll win it when he finally thinks he can’t ala Sergio.

    Adam Scott, Vijay. Don’t think Bubba is a great putter...

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