U.S. OpenJune 15, 2016

Watch Rory McIlroy accidentally drain an 80-foot putt at Oakmont

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 14: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after his shot on the 12th as Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 14, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Getty ImagesOAKMONT, PA - JUNE 14: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after his shot on the 12th as Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 14, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

OAKMONT, Pa. -- Rory McIlroy returned to a conventional putting grip at the Memorial, a switch that paid immediate dividends: The four-time major winner had his best performance on the greens in his professional career.

The newfound confidence is one of the reasons many are expecting McIlroy to compete for this year's U.S. Open title. A conviction that likely grew after McIlroy drained an 80-foot putt on Oakmont's notorious greens during a practice round.

On accident:

Going on a limb and saying McIlroy is going to ride the conventional grip a tad longer.


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