Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Someone Finally Settled the Rory-Tiger Debate; Rory Himself
Thank you, Rory McIlroy. Thank you from the bottom of my mini heart. Thank you for speaking up just a few days after you won a U.S. Open by a landslide. Thank you for taking some time out of your well-earned vacation to say exactly what a lot of us are thinking (or have already said).
You were great at Congressional. Incredible. Historic. Phenomenal. It was a beauty to watch, right down to your two-putt on the 18th green from what looked like Georgetown. It was exactly what golf needed. But it was no Tiger Woods in 2000.
Here is what McIlroy said on the Dan Patrick Show.
“I don’t think it’s as impressive,” McIlroy said. “Tiger was the only person under par that week. The golf course was score-able. What Tiger did at Pebble to win by 15 shots, it was ridiculous.”
Yes, it was ridiculous. The guy played a golf course double-digits under par when nobody else in the field finished under par. That is a feat that will take decades to match, but the thing we all must understand, is that's fine. This doesn't have to be "Tiger at Pebble." This can simply be "Rory at Congressional" and we can be done with it. He played great golf at the age of 22 and won his first major championship just around the time we thought he might. He blew the field out of the water, and on a golf course that, unfortunately, was rained on and played a little easier than expected, McIlroy still won by eight shots.
And one more thing ... can we end this "Congressional was a cake walk" BS? Phil Mickelson broke par once in four rounds, as did the number one player in the world. Big names like Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Nick Watney failed to make the cut that was set at 4-over. It wasn't exactly as easy as it might have seemed, even if we are continuously told otherwise.
It was still the U.S. Open, and you still have to play some monster golf holes well to win. Rory did that, and while it wasn't Tiger at Pebble, it was still great theater, and he deserves all the credit.