Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thoughts on the US Open

Rory McIlroy is a very impressive young man.  Stunning golf swing (seriously... ridiculous), calm cool demeanor, gracious with the media.  Clearly, he is on the way to a fantastic career and it will be great fun to watch him for years and years to come.

I think, however, that we need to dial back the sweeping statements about his place in history just a wee bit. Fair enough to make comparisons between this tournament and  Tiger at Pebble Beach.  Fair enough to make comparisons between young Rory and young Tiger.  But I have heard people make unequivocal statements in the last week that Rory will eclipse Tiger in terms of tournaments won. One commentator even said that he believed Jack's record was in jeopardy.  Seriously?!  Rory has three tournament wins; it's a bit early to crown him Best Ever.

I also think that just handing Rory all the trophies for all the tournaments until the end of time is a disservice to the significant number of other young men on the tour with impressive golf swings, exciting personalities and loads of potential.  What would be truly exciting for the next decade of golf, more than Rory winning everything everwhere, would be if that cadre of players pushes each other every single week and crowds leaderboards with close and exciting play. I think that the potential for great rivalries alone is enough to wish for exciting parity on the course in the years to come. 

So, Dustin, Bubba, Ricky, Lee, Graeme and the others. Bring it!

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