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Rory McIlroy wins Open Championship
His early career has had plenty of downs, but few can deny Rory McIlroy's many ups, the latest of which came at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. There, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland went wire-to-wire to beat Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes, making McIlroy only the third player to win three majors by the time he was 26. The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods -- meaning McIlroy's future seems quite bright indeed. Woods, meanwhile, posted his worst 72-hole finish at a major as a pro, ending up in 69th out of the 72 players who made the cut, 23 shots behind the winner. This leaves his Ryder Cup slot in further jeopardy.
Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?
Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?
The U.S. Open begins Thursday, with golfers facing an unusual test: the Merion Golf Club East Course, which has not hosted the tournament since 1981, and whose 6,996 yards make for the first sub-7,000 Open since 2004. Adding another twist is the weather; heavy rains suspended practice earlier in the week, and the course is expected to be especially soft when players tee off. Tiger Woods will look to resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' all-time majors record at this U.S. Open, but whether he rises above the muck or gets bogged down in it remains to be seen.
Win for Woods?
He's without a major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open, but Tiger Woods already has four wins in 2013. The streak must end sometime ... right?
Phil Mickelson reportedly will attend his daughter's eighth-grade graduation Wednesday in San Diego, then fly back overnight to make his tee time early on Thursday morning.
Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams -- yeah, they've got history, both good and bad. And they're paired together, so to speak, as Williams' new employer (Masters champ Adam Scott) will play at least two days with Woods.
Memorial champion Matt Kuchar enters the week ranked fourth in the world -- but he's never won a major. Same for Justin Rose (fifth), Luke Donald (sixth), Brandt Snedeker (seventh) and the long-suffering Sergio Garcia (15th).
First came his feud with Tiger Woods at The Players Championship, then an inflammatory comment about Woods shortly after. Will Sergio Garcia be able to put the controversy behind him?
More than five inches of rain has fallen on Merion recently, softening the course and making it ripe for low numbers.
People make fun of golfers for requiring funereal silence before every shot. It's understandable, in a way -- baseball players have to hit balls moving at a hundred miles an hour while everyone in the stadium is screaming invective at them -- but it misses the point. A sudden noise will break anyone's concentration, which is why Sergio Garcia was upset at Tiger Woods for allegedly causing a distraction during The Players Championship. Woods says he had permission from course marshals to remove a club from his bag, prompting a crowd reaction that Garcia said distracted him. The marshals recall no such permission, which might have been an actual issue had this been brought up on Sunday. As it is now, it's an interesting postscript to Tiger's win and Garcia's collapse.