US Open 2022 For the past few weeks, Rory McIlroy has been on a crusade for golf's soul. He reminded everyone why his

remarks had such weight on Thursday in the first round of the 122nd U.S. Open. McIlroy is a fantastic communicator in general.

He has assumed the role of leading voice in the game for what the game will look like in 10 or even 50 years, and in doing so

he has provided insightful insight, sensible counsel, and a roadmap forward for a game whose equilibrium has been thrown

off by the LIV Golf-PGA Tour conflict. Other great talkers exist in the game, but they don't shoot 67s on the first 18 holes

at The Country Club. McIlroy, a four-time major champion, hasn't won a major in eight years, but he started the week in

the best shape of his career. A near-miss at the Masters in April, a  blown first-round lead at the PGA

Championship in May, and a win at the RBC Canadian Open last week — in which he gained more than 20 strokes and beat

Tony Finau and Justin Thomas — were possibly his best-ever preparations for the US Open. McIlroy started the day with

pars on the first six holes and two birdies on the last three holes on the back nine The momentum was continued