Well it's the final major of the year at the Ocean course McIlroy loves the layout, loves even the
grass on the layout, and appreciates the sort of player it should favour - his sort of player.e at Kiawah Island. The longest golf course in Major history. So we will be concentrating on the big hitters this week and especially Rory Mcilroy @ a tasty 20/1 paddypower.
“The longer the better,” said McIlroy, this effortless ball-striker. “And if it’s wet this week I really don’t mind at all. Everyone has a chance. But players who hit it long and hit it in the fairway have a great chance.”
So with all this considered why was McIlroy in such good
spirits in the media centre on Wednesday? Well, apart from being one of the more cultured bombers in a bomber’s paradise, he also sees an edge on the putting surfaces.
“I love the Paspalum greens,” he said, referring to the grass which has never been seen on the major rota before. “We have it at the Bear’s Club [in West Palm] where Luke [Donald], Keegan [Bradley], Dustin [Johnson] and I practise all the time. I was talking to Luke about it and it’s something that we guys might have an advantage. Because we are used to how it reacts.”
How McIlroy reacts to last week’s return to form will be intriguing and could well be the key to the week. “I feel like I’m playing pretty well again,” said McIlroy, coming in on the back of a fifth place at Firestone. “If I had to give my season a grade to this point I’d probably give it a ‘B‘. There’s still a lot of golf left to play but very happy with some of the golf I played this year.
Other big hitters that could be in with a chance come Sunday is Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. Johnson was unlucky 2 years ago at Whistling straights, when he got penalised for grounding his club in a bunker that really wasn't a bunker.
Rory Mcilroy @ 20
Dustin Johnson @ 22
Bubba Watson 30