Okay, so I got bashed a little for my comparison of young Rory McIlroy to Tiger Woods after 36 holes. But what some people didn’t get is that I wasn’t comparing him to Tiger as a whole. Just one tournament. After the whole thing is over, I have come to the conclusion that Tiger’s 2000 Pebble Beach win is superior to Rory’s 2011 Congressional win. Why? One reason, there were a slew (I don’t know the exact number but it seems like everyone in the field) of players that were under par. In 2000, there was just one, Tiger. And he was -15. Now, some might argue that -17 greater than -15. But there were several golfers at -8. And -6 and so on. But as one ESPN columnist reports today here, he is exactly what this sport needs right now. A good shot in the arm. Some spectacular young talent. Will he surpass Tiger? Hard to say. But as a fan. I am rooting for him.
Wow. I only thought I was impressed with young Rory McIlroy. Yesterday I compared him to Tiger. Seems absurd. NOBODY is Tiger, right? That’s like comparing anyone, and I mean anyone, to Michael. Not Kobe, not Lebron, certainly not Lebron, no matter what Scottie Pippen says. Not DWade either. No one. But Tiger, he is incomparable too. Right? I thought so. Really I did. Then this morning comparisons to Tiger’s greatest tournament win(and there have been many) starting popping up from all the TV pundits. His 2000 Pebble Beach win in this same tournament. This U.S. Open is not complete, so we can only compare the first 36 holes. Tiger in that fabulous 2 days -8. But he finished the tournament a whopping 15 strokes a head of anyone else. Young McIlroy? -11. Should have been -13 if not for the double bogey on 18. That’s almost 50% better, wouldn’t you say? They both have a 6 stroke lead at this point. So they are even there. But -11, greater than -8, no matter how you slice it. Now I know the kid melted down from the pressure of leading going into Sundays final round at the Masters. And I am worried about his psyche after the double bogey to finish yesterdays last hole. He has to forget about those things and be the carefree kid with the bushy hair and infectious smile, not to mention the perfect swing and just play golf. If he can finish these last 36 holes just as impressively as he played the first 36 it will go down as one of the great performances in a Major ever. Maybe even better than Tiger.
I posed this question yesterday on my Twitter account. Which you can read at the left there. But I was only half serious. Now the kid is 13 under and just destroying the field! I didn’t get the pleasure of watching him play today, but watched his back nine yesterday. And he was just stellar. He finished 6 under and really should have been more like 8 or 9 under. Then today he apparently does it again. If he learns to finish a tournament, like the Tiger of old would do, he just might make us all forget some guy named Tiger Woods. I can’t wait for Sunday now!