On Sunday at St Andrews Old Course, Rory McIlroy (-16) will enter the final round of the 2022 Open Championship tied for the lead with Viktor Hovland.
The high-octane duo were four clear of Cameron Smith and Cameron Young, who were T3 on 12-under par.
Of the names atop the leaderboard, McIlroy will be the clear rooting favorite among the Scots as well as the overwhelming betting favorite.
Asked if his experience as the only major winner among the top-four contenders means anything, McIlroy said, “Yeah, I think so.
“But at the same time those players are playing great golf to be in this position.
“So I’m not going to take anything for granted. I don’t feel like I can fall back in any sort of experience. Just like being here before and I’ve done it. But nothing’s given to you and I have to go out there and earn it just like I’ve earned everything else in my career.”
With that, here are the storylines, and things to know, if McIlroy ends up in the winner’s circle.
Pro-File: Rory McIlroy
Nationality Northern Ireland
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 180 lb
Birthdate: May 4, 1989 (age 33)
Native: Holywood, County Down, N.I.
Residence: Jupiter, Fla
Rory McIlroy’s 2022 Stats
Driving: 317.3 (5th)
Fairways: 59.53% (115th)
Greens: 67.75% (40th)
Scoring: 68.635 (1st)
Wins: 2 (CJ Cup, Canadian Open)
Money: $7,301,566 (3rd)
With a win on Sunday at the 150th Open Championship, Rory McIlroy Would…
- Super Six: With two PGAs and two Open Championships, would become just the sixth player in history to win multiple Wanamaker Trophies (PGA) and Claret Jugs (The Open), joining Jack Nicklaus (5 and 3), Tiger Woods (4 and 3), Walter Hagen (5 and 4), Gary Player (2 and 3) and Lee Trevino (2 and 2).
- Select Company: Would become just the 28th golfer in history to win multiple Claret Jugs and one of only nine men still alive who own at least two Open wins.
- 20th All Time: Would be become just the 20th player in history to win at least five (5) major championships.
- Fab Fivers: Would join Seve Ballesteros, Peter Thomson, Byron Nelson, John Henry Taylor, and James Braid as five-time major winners.
- Generational Dominance: Would own more majors than any other player in his generation – one more than Brooks Koepka (4), two more than Jordan Spieth (3) and three more than Justin Thomas (2) and Dustin Johnson (2).
- Grand Slam Storyline Rekindled: With major drought broken, would be the prohibitive favorite heading into next spring’s Masters to complete the career Grand Slam.
- Big Bucks: Would move to No. 1 on the PGA Tour’s Money List.