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Golf's new rising star?
Posted May 03, 2010 at 10:50 am 0 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

Rory Mcllroy has won his first PGA tour event at the age of 20, making him the youngest player to win on Tour since Tiger Woods.

 

With 3 holes to play on Friday it was looking like Rory was going to be missing the cut for the third straight time. He was 2 shots over from where he needed to be to make the cut, and then a little magic happened. He was 206 yards out on the par 5 15th and stuck a 4 iron within 6 feet of the hole where he would then eagle. That -2 eagle got him into the weekend and set him up to win his first PGA Tour event.

 

In a week where Tiger Woods was cut from the field for only the 6th time in his career, and where it looked as though the fan favorite and Masters champion Phil Mickelson was going to win his 2nd straight tournament, there was 20 year old Rory shooting a course record 62 on the final day to beat good ole Phil by 4 strokes.

 

Many people think Rory has what it takes to be a Tiger chaser in the near future, and maybe after this weekend it will give him the confidence to do so. The problem is that I believe only Tiger can beat Tiger and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Sure, Tiger looked a little rusty this past week. Okay...so he looked more than rusty this past week, but don’t make the mistake in thinking that he’s going to get stuck there. Tiger will be back and better than ever. However, it would be great for the game of golf to see someone like Rory step up and take on the #1 and #2 golfers in the world. He’s exciting to watch and has the fire that is missing so often in this game. Phil has the fire, Tiger has tons of fire, and because of that fire it has made them golf’s biggest rival. Wouldn’t it be great to see Rory right in the middle of these two power house, fire setting golfers? I’m not convinced he’s there just yet, because after all it’s only his first PGA win, but for the love of the game I hope he gets there because rivalries are what fuel the fire in every sport, and this game could certainly use a little more fire. 

 

 

 

Stephen Bethea – Rivalry Rage, Inc.