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Nearly closing time for Rory McIlroy
ESPN, by Gene Wojciechowski

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Posted By:Hazymac, 8/9/2014 10:53:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It is 14 years from now. Rory McIlroy is 39. Think of the possibilities. Has McIlroy won the 15-20 majors that the great Jack Nicklaus predicted he would back in August of 2014? (Snip) McIlroy is at the brink of greatness. Or near greatness. Or whatever you call what he´s doing these days, which is pretty much giving dog commands to the rest of the tournament fields: Sit ... stay ... roll over. This week, it´s the PGA Championship. Before that it was the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Before that it was the Open Championship. The world´s No. 1-ranked

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Rory McIlroy is where we would expect him to be: first place, but the leaderboard is chockablock with outstanding players who are close enough to prevail tomorrow should Rory stumble. The Nicklaus designed Valhalla is an appropriate venue for this major championship. With all the recent rain, it´s soft. That means low scoring. Tomorrow´s winner will have to get to fifteen-under-par, at least. ´Twill be a good show.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dante, 8/9/2014 11:22:35 PM     (No. 9959942)

Fowler and Day are great players, but they just don´t seem to have the confidence to rip it when they need to like McIlroy does. I´d love to see Phil make a good run tomorrow.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: littleorby, 8/10/2014 12:18:28 AM     (No. 9959957)

McIlroy has matured. I didn´t think he would, certainly not this quickly. Tiger is finished. I was one of his biggest fans. He was exciting to watch. At the beginning of this ´season´, I thought Jordan Spieth would be the man to watch. He isn´t, and won´t be, ever. He doesn´t hit the ball far enough, and he doesn´t really have that all important killer instinct. In a way I´m glad. He reminds me of Greg Norman; a really nice guy, I think.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jennie C., 8/10/2014 6:40:13 AM     (No. 9960060)

I´m with you, #1, would love to see Phil make a big run. He seems like such a great guy.

Not saying Rory isn´t ...

I was a fan of Tiger for just a couple of years, and then the attitude turned me off. I think he´s my sole source of schadenfreude: I pull for him to miss every cut. Petty, I know.

Truth to be told, in my heart of hearts, I don´t want anyone to pass Jack. But I know that´s unrealistic.

I did get the biggest kick when I first turned it on yesterday. The commentators were talking about someone: since I didn´t catch the beginning, I still don´t know who.

Whoever it was, they said, "He was the best. He was like Jack."

All these guys will always be measured against Jack, and I love it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 8/10/2014 9:21:45 AM     (No. 9960251)

With soft course conditions and a star powered leaderboard, there might be a Major Championship record 62 out there today. Bring on the shootout.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/10/2014 10:38:34 AM     (No. 9960337)

This is an unbelievably exciting tournament. There are so many fine players crowded toward the top. Once the network got past its seemingly neverending obsession with Tiger, the coverage was pretty good. We have also enjoyed watching the Marquee Group coverage on pga.com, especially on a big computer monitor.

We are thrilled that Phil is doing so well. Still rooting for McIlroy and Phil.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: soCalGal, 8/10/2014 10:42:50 AM     (No. 9960344)

Re #3, we´ll get sweatshirts with "Petty". I too have rooted against Tiger in recent years, putting a hex on his drives and his putts (didn´t you notice them veering this way and that?) and generally playing havoc with his game.

Breathed a big sigh of relief when he missed this cut as it meant a wonderful sans Tiger weekend of golf, focused on all the other guys who go out there week after week and compete. Phil and Furyk, and the new guys McIlroy, Day, Fowler - so many wonderful players.

We don´t need all that bogus drama.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/10/2014 11:28:53 AM     (No. 9960405)

It seems the golf world is paving the road for the post Tiger era. It´s about time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/10/2014 5:16:40 PM     (No. 9960726)

Woohoo! Phil is in the lead right now, tied with Mcilroy, Fowler, Stenson and Wiesberger at -12.

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