Perhaps McIlroy is also making a concerted effort to be more selfish too when it comes to the major championships.
And who can deny 34-year-old McIlroy that right, considering he hasn't won one since the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
McIlroy carded an opening 5-under 65 at this US Open at Los Angeles Country Club on a surprise day of low scoring.
The Americans both created US Open history with a record-breaking pair of 62s. "Monkey see, monkey do," Schauffele later said after playing in the group behind Fowler.
It was going so well for McIlroy. He made five birdies on his front nine and didn't even drop a single stroke.
He laid down the gauntlet with his opening drive, sending one 384 yards and miles past his playing partner Brooks Koepka.
McIlroy also stiffed a 254-yard 4-iron to within five feet at the terrifying par-3 seventh. Into wind. By day's end, McIlroy had tied for greens hit in regulation.
And for the very first time in his major championship career, he opened with back-to-back birdies.
The biggest frustration for the four-time major champion came on his final hole of the day where got underneath this greenside chip.
Rory’s longest shot today went 382 yards— Rory McIlroy Tracker (@RMTracker) June 16, 2023
Rory’s shortest shot today went 0 yards
Sick sport pic.twitter.com/RFin1oLbJp
Golf is a cruel sport at times. McIlroy was reportedly so annoyed at the whiff that as soon as he signed his card he bolted straight to the clubhouse.
Usually he would speak to a pool of reporters and reflect but he scarpered off very quickly.
McIlroy was absolutely hosed by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan last week after it was announced a deal had been struck with the Saudis to end golf's war.
He had rallied so hard against LIV for the better part of two years. Perhaps he's finally playing for himself?
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- Golf fans shocked by Patrick Reed gesture
- Los Angeles Country Club course breakdown
- Morikawa with epic PGA Tour-PIF answer
- McIlroy avoids Mickelson mix-up
- Cantlay weighs in on Rahm 'betrayal' remark
- Justin Rose still baffled by Ryder Cup exclusions
- Koepka from the top rope with PGA Tour joke
- Fowler makes shock JT, Spieth admission
- LIV backers setting up compensation fund for loyalists
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