By Tyler Ruby on July 22, 2014
Rory McIlroy's wire-to-wire British Open victory was truly a thing to behold. He dominated the rest of the field and he dominated Royal Liverpool. With the victory, he now has three majors by the age of 25, which has only been done by Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Am I ready to put him in the conversation of those two? Not yet, but here are five takeaways from McIlroy's two-shot victory this past weekend.
I'm sure you probably heard this over the weekend, but Rory McIlroy's dad had a tremendous amount of confidence in his son's golfing ability at a young age as he made a bet that McIlroy would win the Open Championship before the age of 26. Rory McIlroy is 25, and he is on the verge of superstardom with his third major in his young career.
I'm not comparing him to Tiger Woods because I think it's unfair to both players, but the PGA is in a predicament right now. The ratings at the three majors this year are at their lowest in years, and that is because Tiger Woods was not a participant, or he was in poor form. Golf needs Rory McIlroy to become a superstar. He needs to be the reason why casual fans tune in, and I think he is ready for that challenge.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the play of Rory's 25-year-old playing partner, Rickie Fowler. He has finished inside the top five in each of the three majors this year, and a major win should be coming quickly. While Rory is the more accomplished of the two, I couldn't help but think that this wouldn't be the last time we see Rory and Rickie in the final pairing on a Sunday in a major championship.
After winning two majors, Rory McIlroy did the unthinkable and left Titleist for Nike. It took him a while to get acclimated to his new equipment, and he struggled mightily. But after watching his performance at Royal Liverpool, it certainly looks like McIlroy is extremely comfortable with his new irons. He pounded his driver, and he had pinpoint control with his ironplay. That's a scary combination for a man this talented.
When Rory wins majors, he wins them big. He is at a point right now where if he plays his best golf, he can't be beat. Oftentimes, he will run away from the field. Sound familiar. The same was said about Tiger Woods up until about two years ago. I don't care what the World Golf Rankings say, McIlroy is the best golfer on the planet right now.
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