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Rory McIlroy's US Open win no surprise, says Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter was not surprised by Rory McIlroy's ability to bounce straight back from his Masters nightmare and secure the US Open.

Poulter, now in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship, said of the runaway US Open champion: “Look at his first rounds in majors. It was a case of when, not if.

“He's as good a ball-striker as I've ever seen, he swings it naturally — there's not much technically he needs to worry about.”

While McIlroy won by eight at Congressional Poulter missed the halfway cut, but the world No14 is the second highest-ranked player in this week's field behind Bubba Watson.

Also playing are Ireland's Padraig Harrington, Scot Brian Davis and Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who was simply in awe of McIlroy's ball-striking.

“He hit 62 of 72 greens at the US Open,” said the 2006 winner. “There's no way I could ever do that.

“Not too many people can do that, especially after The Masters when everyone probably would have given him the year off.

“Two months later he was playing like it never happened — amazing.

“He's just clearly better than anyone else. There's so few really class ball-strikers out here — I know that sounds silly, but real class ball-strikers like Nick Price and Greg Norman.

“Greg Norman in the mid-80s is who he is.

“Some people are being aggressive and they're just cavalier. He's not cavalier.”

Belfast Telegraph