"You get no points for style when it comes to putting. It's getting the ball to drop into the cup that counts."
That quote comes from Laurie Auchterlonie, the winner of the 8th U.S. Open in 1902. It's a piece of wisdom that still applies in 2016, even though Auchterlonie could've never imagined how crazy-fast the greens have been at Oakmont this week for the U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy got the ball to drop into the cup during his practice rounds Tuesday, with maximum style points.
He launched a three-foot putt sideways up the green, and after running all the way up and back down the green, the ball rolled down over the practice hole location, across the green further and into the cup.
In the words of another great golfer and philosopher, Happy Gilmore, "go to your home ball!"
Even though this putt was totally by accident, it's good to see Rory in good spirits preparing for the tournament. If he can sink any long putts come Thursday, most people expect to see him near the top of the leaderboard.