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U.S. Open 2023: ‘Kind of a big deal’: Rory McIlroy makes grand entrance (featuring Brooks Koepka) at LACC final round


Ross Kinnaird

Paired up to start the U.S. Open, perhaps Brooks Koepka’s recent strong showings at majors have rubbed off on Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, with a fifth major title within reach, looked cool, calm and collected entering Los Angeles Country Club before his final round on Sunday.

“Kind of a big deal,” McIlroy states to Koepka’s delight. And we have to wonder if this is an Anchorman reference or an off-the-cuff remark from McIlroy. Just one shot back of the leaders, this is the perfect one-liner to start his day. Very cinematic, which makes sense for the location.

In the second-to-last group paired with Scottie Scheffler, a loose McIlroy is a scary sight for Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark. It’s also nice to see the former PGA Tour-LIV Golf rivals leaving the past in the past. A good line is a good line and Koepka already has two U.S. Open trophies, so a nice paycheck and a round of golf, even if he doesn't like the course, isn’t the worst way to spend a Sunday.