April 9, 2015 12:32 AM
Is there anyone who can challenge the dominance of Rory McIlroy?
For a moment, shift your golf attention 2,600 miles northwest of Augusta National Golf Club to the Bay Area.
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April 9, 2015 12:48 AM
Golf doesn't thrive on rivalries so much as dominating performers. Nicklaus and Woods each took golf to new ratings heights because of their dominance. Their occasional rivalries (Nicklaus/Palmer, Woods/Mickelson) were just gravy. Rory's been great, but has not had sustained dominance for a long stretch yet. What golf needs most is for him to continue his run, and then if Speith or one of the other comers can start to match him, that again will be gravy for the sport.
April 9, 2015 12:43 AM
Rory the guy who was punching it out from between the cottages a couple of years ago? That Rory?
April 9, 2015 12:42 AM
Don't believe the hype.Rory isn't a killer.
Jordan Speith. Jordan Speith! JORDAN SPEITH!!!!
April 9, 2015 12:41 AM
You obviously have been out of the ountry for the lt month, not to mention checking the golf news. There are new sheriffs in town. Jason, Jordan, JB, Patrick et al have been putting the pnts on Rory of late. Write about something relevant like Tiger's short game saving him.
the final sentence in this article is interesting, that slow developers might have a higher ceiling, especially given the intense instruction at increasingly early ages that we're seeing today.I think the final chapter hasn't been written on that yet
April 9, 2015 12:40 AM
I doubt that Rory himself feels so confident. Guys like Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, and Jimmy Walker aren't going to just roll over. Even Phil and Tiger can still give it a run, but my 25 cents is on Fred Couples.
Rory, if he wins at Augusta, will certainly have achieved sufficient success in the majors (and the Ryder Cup) to be considered a great in the category of Palmer, Hogan, Nicklaus, Watson, Snead, and Woods. However, for me, he will need to continue to perform for at least a decade winning several tournaments a year and a share of majors. All he needs is time/longevity. If he doesn't, then he'll be considered in that second rung of greats (Player, Michelson, Ballesteros, Treviño, Price, Irwin, Nelson, Sarasen, etc.).As to Spieth, he said it correctly - he will need to play lots of great golf for a long time. After finishing second last year, he certainly has the game and putting to be a great.
April 9, 2015 12:39 AM
Just as an aside, how come sports fans celebrate the emergence of great young golfers, in a sport which skews heavily towards the wealthy and upper-middle class in terms of participation and corporate sponsorship? Note the extreme exclusivity of Augusta and other comparable elite private country clubs.Yet in basketball and football when young men with equivalent potential turn pro, we react as if Western civilization is threatened. The irony is that promising football and basketball players have a dramatically shorter window to capitalize on their talents and often genuinely need the money.
This is just a casual observation from a recovering golfer, but it would appear various femme fatale's have and will continue to level the playing field in men's golf considerably.
April 9, 2015 12:38 AM
Day one of the Masters: Spieth is -8 and McIroy is -1. It ain't over 'till the fat lady sings, but this article sounds like something from Rolling Stone where you create a scenario to fit a preconceived story line.
It's amazing that we don't recognize Jordan Spieth as a challenger to Rory McIlroy. The guy is just 21 years old and he's won twice and earned how many top 10s? Yes, he's hit some errant shots but so did Hogan and Snead! I suppose the reason we don't give Spieth more credit for his excellent play is because he looks, acts, and plays with such maturity that we think he's actually 31 instead of 21. Give this Maverick McNealy business a rest, already. He's only a few years younger than Jordan and hasn't come close to Spieth's accomplishments.
Let's see how the Masters works out for him. That course has not been kind to him. On the other hand, Bubba Watson has two recently tailored green jackets. I'd say for that course and each one of the player's strengths, Bubba has a better chance to lead Rory. Not saying he'll win, but his game is better suited for that course than Rory's.
Um not one mention of Adam Scott?? Pretty sure he won it in '13
April 9, 2015 12:37 AM
April 9, 2015 12:36 AM
i'd love to see Speith, D Johnson and Rory in a final group anywhere.Henrick and Reid would be good as well.I think the only Majors Ol' Bubba wins are in Augusta. There might be a PGA venue that suits his game but as far as either 2 of the Opens not likely
I agree with Robert.
April 9, 2015 12:35 AM
As far as I know in golf you try and beat the course and so do all other competitors, if more than 1 competitor is beating the course and his opponents that would be trivalry and not rivalry.
April 9, 2015 12:34 AM
Before we worry about a rival to Rory's 'dominance', let's see him put together a few years of consistent winning. He still misses almost as many cuts as wins. He may be the best player at the present time but ranks far below Faldo, Norman and Price as 'dominant' players.
April 9, 2015 12:33 AM
Anyone named Maverick McNealy should be the world's #1 whether he wins a tournament or not. In fact his parents should be awarded something just for picking the name.
Uhh, Rory is not 'dominant' yet. I doubt he ever gets to the level that TW achieved prior to the...incident.