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Is Rory McIlory a future Open champion?

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Teenage star Rory McIlroy finished a superb Open debut with a flourish by birdieing the 18th at Carnoustie on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Holywood near Belfast, the winner of the silver medal for best amateur, fired a one-over-par 72 in the final round to end on five over.

McIlroy has been a prolific winner as an amatuer and showed this week that he has the quality and temperament to compete with the world's best.

He plans to join the professional ranks after playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in September.

Many bright young things have promised so much yet failed to deliver at the highest level.

So is Rory McIlroy set to be another flash in the pan or are we watching a future Open winner?

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comment by dasslad (U7023436)

posted Jul 22, 2007

goos man. an asset for the future surely. give him time and patience and he#ll come up with the goods.

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posted Jul 22, 2007

give the kid a chance - all in good time - anyone on here remember Gordon Sherry ?
Let's be patient and give him some time and space - he looks refreshingly down to earth. As far as I'm concerned he can dress like Bill Murray in Caddyshack if he continues to swing a club like he does.

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comment by ajpro18 (U9076880)

posted Jul 22, 2007

Andy there are a couple of things you are failing to understand. To win the us amateur or British am you have to rely on a lot of luck as there are several matchplay rounds, where anything can happen. You may not know but Rory got into the open through winning the European open which is 4 rounds of strokeplay. He proved himself against all of the best amateurs in the world.

Rory has a fantastic swing and will be a future star on tour, I am almost certain.

After the walker cup Rory will be ready to compete on tour. He is with out doubt a star; he carries the lowest handicap in the world and has conquered the Irish amature golf scene, and let me reassure you that is not easy players come from around the world to play in these events.

Oh and Rory was the #1 ranked amateur in the world for several weeks, and will more than likely be again. That is good enough for me.

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posted Jul 22, 2007

There are a few promising youngsters like Rory and Fujikawa. Hard to say how these kids turn out a few years later. Michelle Wie has been a big failure so far among women.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

I think the lad looked very much in control of his game and shows a very good mental ability. I personally think he looks born to play golf and could easily produce the goods on tour. He might be a good bet to win a major before he is 21, age is often irrelevant to talent many youngsters are at thee top of their sports these days. Well done to the lad,

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comment by jrparky (U4334643)

posted Jul 23, 2007

Harrington made a reference to his Amateur days in his winning speech. Most of the players in the Ryder Cup (from these shores) have played in the Walker Cup and learnt their trade as an Amateur. I hope he goes to Uni, gets and education, continues as an Amateur then turns pro when he's in his early 20's (if it's good enough for the World No1, then it should be good enough for him).

Amazing talent though and to answer the qn, yes I do think he has the potential to win an Open.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

Well first of all, 'ajpro18', i'm sure Tiger will be glad to find out that his 3 US amateur Champioships were mostly a result of luck rather than golfing ability, as you're inferring. As will the likes of Sergio and Jose Marie who won the Amateur (which alongside the US Amateur are the most coveted of amateur championships - to win such a title is surley the aim of all amateurs, bringing with its own unique pressures aswell as being played over the most demanding courses, surley the greatest test an amateur can face)

Secondly the European Amateur Championship, which i presume your talking about (rather than European Open), is only contested amongst the 'home' european players i.e. the best US amateurs don't compete in the field nor do the majority of top european amateurs who are playing collegiate golf in the US. So to suggest such a triumph shows amateur greatness is at best ignorant at worst disengenuous.

The point i was getting at is that Rory possibly could become a future Open contender however he has to turn the golfing potential he has into golfing ability at the highest level, something which is not necessarilly a given as evidenced by the likes of Gordon Sherry who in the mid 90s was being hyped as the nemesis of a Mr Woods. I think that example says enough about how the British golfing media hype up young promising golfers in this country when such hype is neither deserved (especially when it ignores other promising youngsters from other countries such as Pablo Martin who actually won a European tour 72 hole event rather than having a 'good' 72 hole tournament); nor is such hype helpful to said youngster.

On the whole like others have suggested i think that Rory would be best served by conquering the Amateur game and getting a collegiate education (it could come in useful in case yourself and the media are wrong in presuming greatness) before attempting to conquer the Pro game, (and I'm sorry but winning the European amateur and spending a week at the top of a dubious and rather exclusive ranking system does not equate to conquering the amateur game).

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posted Jul 23, 2007

The answer to the original question is yes. With a mentor like Darren Clarke who is going to bet against him in future? He needs to be a steady eddy for a few years i think before he turns pro and then he will be set for an awesome career.

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posted Jul 23, 2007

i think mcilroy is a future champion i think he intends to turn pro after the walker cup and then try to get his european tour card
i think if he wants to be as good asyoung players like adam scott he needs to stay on the european tour for a few years and then gradulally add a few events in america to his chedule and this will help him beome a great golfer
to many golfers liek monty live in the comfort zone of the european tour and thats why their major count is 0

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posted Jul 24, 2007

liongeorge01 has the right idea, not many people could shoot 81 in the first round of the North of Ireland c'ship, then shoot 61 second round to make the cut. Plus, I played him a few years ago and he was really cocky but he seems to have really matured out of that. I'm sure he'll be challenging for Majors at some point in his life be it sooner or later

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