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Monday, June 20, 2011

Rory’s dominance starts the Tiger talk

Two months at Augusta Rory McIlroy was the talk of the tournament, not because of how impressive he was in victory but how monumental was his collapse, would he ever be able to recover from the triple-bogey that gave up all of his lead, and would he ever be the same. Two months later McIlroy is the talk of the tournament again but this time because of his wire-to-wire dominating win at Congressional, and yes I think it would be safe to say he did recover but I would not say he will ever be the same. Now he’s the youngest since Tiger to win the Open, set a course record in the process, and at 22 is being compared to the greatest to ever play the game. After 1.5 great performances over the last two majors is this too much ‘street cred’ for the youngster? There is great potential there there’s no doubt about that but the comparisons to the heir apparent might be a little unjustified. Like Woods, McIlroy was a child golf prodigy and like Woods, he's off to an early majors start, but that’s where they should end until Rory can prove he’s not just a one-hit wonder or one year wonder. I saw this with Jim Courier in tennis, even in golf when Sergio Garcia took Tiger out at Little Big Horn in the showdown, people were talking about turning the reigns over and Sergio has yet to win a major. So before we send the crown across the pond let’s see how things play out a bit. However it does set up a great showdown / rivalry when the cat (Tiger) comes home. If we can’t get Mayweather vs. Pacquiao this will have to do.

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20 comments:

tonoK said...

I absolutely loved watching Rory's dominance this week. It was a breath of fresh air that golf desperately needed. But let's remember what we learned last week. LeBron is no MJ, and Rory is no Tiger...yet. It's not his era, it was his tournament - one I thoroughly enjoyed.

la hockey98 said...

Rory has been my second favorite player for a couple years now, but this bandwagon stuff has got to stop. It's not fair to Rory. Rory missed as many cuts last year as Tiger has missed in his entire career. Rory is capable of being brilliant on occasion, and very very good most of the rest of the time. But even at his worst, Tiger has always been better than 75% of the rest of the field. I really enjoy watching Rory play, and he has one of the best swings in golf, but let's seem him win a career grand slam, or at least half a dozen majors, before putting the expectation on him that he'll win 18 of them, or even pass Woods' 14.

TML954 said...

The media is trying to start a Tiger-Rory hatred that isn't there and most the people here are buying into it. Personally I like Tiger and Rory. They are both fun to watch play. Don't hate! Celebrate!

tagurnutz said...

Thank you. Can't wait to see both of them in a Majors final pairing. That would be exciting.

cmgww said...

Whatever...I am just sick of everyone saying Tiger's done. Rory is the flavor of the week right now. If I see him dominate like Tiger did, then I will change my opinion. But one great weekend of golf on an easier than normal US open course and all of a sudden this kid is the 2nd coming..... (did you count the number of players that finished under par? WAY too many for a US Open)

chase NY FAN said...

Any true golf fan has known about Rory for years. He has been the most talented player in the world for a couple of years. What he can do on a golf course is far above anyone playing right now. He hasnt been able to piece it all together, i.e. the masters, but it appears he finally has and he is going to show the world what a lot of people have seen in him for years.

anarch said...

Boo Hoo. Tiger has set the bar for this next generation. Everyone after him will have to either live up to it or fall short. That is what sports are about. You compete against other people and you compete against records. In Golf no one stands in your way of being great except you. It is the ulitmate individual sport. You have to compare people to the greats to get perspective on them.

millard1125 said...

STOP, I REPEAT...STOP this trend of making comparisons of up and coming athletes to previous stars. Not only is it unfair and overhyped, but it's getting boring and old. Enough is enough...let players be who they are and stop trying to mold them into the next great "whoever"!

riker80 said...

I agree that this kid is headed toward the #1 ranking, which he may hold for quite some time. However, ease up on calling him the "next Tiger". First, go back and look at Tiger's stats. Tiger would go years without missing a cut, and months without missing a top 10. McIlroy can only dream of that kind of consistency right now. He's had a few good events, but lets see him put an entire season together before making outlandish comparisons to the most dominant player who ever lived.

jmaa21 said...

Tiger wasn't the same person when he was 22 as he is now. We'll see how Rory is in 10-15 years if he ends up becoming a global golf & business icon like Tiger is/was.

jereasa1109 said...

So much hatred from everyone. Why can't people just give praise to those who are playing honest, good golf, and are bringing excitement back to the game? It was said all weekend long...there are a handful of talented young golfers in the game today, and they are only getting better. At 22 years old, to come back from a demoralizing defeat at the masters, it shows a lot of character, hard work, and maturity for Rory. Many people, even older than him, would not have been able to do that. He has a lot of work to do yet, but judging from what we have seen so far, he has a promising future.

jrdamon said...

@ J not sure where you've been hiding however being compared to the next TIGER WOODS in by opinion is as much praise as you can receive. I don't know what hatred you are speaking of, but what i do know is that winning 1 tourney in record fashion does not translate into being the next Tiger.

txlonghorns76 said...

He hit 64% of the fairways in regualtion and 86% of greens in regulation. While that is very good, the 64% in typical US Open conditions would not result in only a double bogey and 3 bogey's in 4 days. That tells me that the rough was like a fairway and was easy for a professional and as long as they hit the ball long they could get on the green in 2 no matter if they were in the rough or not. The course was a complete joke!

Smacchat said...

OUCH! TXLonghorns bringing the stats as well as the thunda'. Can someone retort?

raphael said...

Good gosh. The guy has won what? 2 tournaments? 3? He's just another one-time major winner like a thousand others. He had a good 4 days. Congratulations.

JTM said...

This kid will win Augusta next year. Mark it down. But 18 is silly to even contemplate. The fact that Tiger, a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, still needs 5 more to break Jack's record tells you how big that number is.

txlonghorns76 said...

No one is discrediting the win but the way the course was set up, the scoring was going to happen. When 2nd place is the 3rd lowest US Open score in history says something. Ok, what if Alex Rodriguez hit 6 HR's in a game, which would obviousy be a record, but those HR's came in a little league park? Would you say that these HR's and the record he set is tainted? I would think so. Same thing here, the course and the setup allowed all these records to be broken.

kkoz2011 said...

Exactly when you look at what Tiger did at pebble, that was truly amazing. The closest person to him was +3 and all the players were complaining how unfair the course was. So lets not jump ahead of ourselves and crown this as the rory era yet.

horowitz84 said...

the media is lusting for someone to be tiger-like or replace tiger and rory's performance at the U.S. Open was the closest thing resembling a tiger-like performance. It is definitely unfair and ridiculous for them to try and place that type of burden on rory...because if he doesn't win the British open they'll claim that he choked or he wasn't ready to play or blah blah blah...and its just not fair...just let the boy play without the comparisons

tbones900 said...

Congratulations to Rory. He does have a very bright future, because he also basically dominated The Master's until he had a mental meltdown, but proved he has the game and seem to be mentally ready now. As for Tiger, he's the best ever, He will be back, and for those who disagree with my Tiger comments, all I can say is that when Jack won 18 majors, no one ever tried to Nicklaus proof any golf course. At one point in time most golf courses made changes to Tiger proof the course.

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