By Bryan Cross
It was a performance eerily reminiscent of Tiger Woods a decade ago, when he blew the field away at the U.S Open. 22-year-old Rory McIlroy made Congressional Country Club look like your average municipal, splitting fairways, firing at pics, and knocking in puts on a routine basis.
In doing so, he cruised to an 8-shot victory for his first Major championship, in what was one of the most impressive four days of golf that I have ever seen.
But to crown McIlroy the next Tiger Woods? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Even Rory would agree with that.
While I can understand how this one event should rightfully be compared to that of Woods at Pebble Beach back in 2000, Tiger also has 14 other majors to his credit and over 70 wins on the PGA Tour.
McIlroy has 2 wins on the PGA Tour. But he looks to be well on his way to winning many more PGA titles and Major Championships should he continue to play anything like he did this week at Congressional.
Now, all that I look forward to and hope for, is that Tiger gets back to being healthy, however long that takes, and comes back to play well and challenge these young players, for there is a wave of them.
In fact, 23-year-old Jason Day’s total of 8-under par would have been good enough to win all but three U.S Opens in history.
It just so happens Rory happened to be playing out of his mind. And perhaps more impressive is that he did it after completely falling apart on the back-nine in the final round at the Masters just two months ago in April.
Now, I very much look forward to the British Open in July, for which I hope Tiger returns. But I honestly think that Rory is going to take this Major championship as well, and then move onto the PGA Championship in August as the winner of the last two major championships, and maybe even the No.1 ranked player in the world at the time.