The scorecard won’t look as dominant as it truly was, but Rory McIlroy‘s performance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational is proof that we’re looking at the best player in the world today.
McIlroy came from three shots behind third-round leader Sergio Garcia to take his second consecutive victory. Nobody has ever questioned what Rory is capable of when he’s on. What people have wondered is this: can he continue to produce at that high of a level consistently? I think now we all have our answer.
When asked what he thought he’d have to do to win on Sunday, McIlroy told media that he thought a seven-under-par round of 63 would get the job done. That’s a testament to the respect he has for Garcia, a good friend of his and likely Ryder Cup teammate this fall. When McIlroy jumped out with three straight birdies to start the round, it became readily apparent that he was prepared to go out there and make that number.
He didn’t need it in the end, but the shift in momentum was obvious as McIlroy consistently outdrove Garcia, allowing the Ulsterman consistently shorter approaches. The lead changed hands on the third hole, and although Garcia acquitted himself remarkably well, McIlroy was just better when it counted.
Now we may truly be seeing McIlroy come into his own as a dominant young force on the PGA Tour. He’s set to overtake Adam Scott as the world’s No. 1 player when the rankings update tomorrow, and is not just an obvious favorite for the PGA Championship at Valhalla, but for the FedEx Cup playoffs as well. After everything he’s gone through in his rise to superstardom, this could be the start of some very big things for young McIlroy.