So now that the dust has settled and everyone has put their two cents in about the impact of Rory McIlroy’s performance at Congressional, it is time to breakdown what this means for the future of golf going forward.
If you follow golf, this wasn’t that big of a surprise; the only surprise was that Rory put the monster collapse at Augusta behind him so quickly. And that is the scariest part of all. With Tiger out of the picture for the time being, this could soon become Rory’s world. McIlroy finished in the top 3 of last year’s British Open, setting a record by shooting a first round 63, at St. Andrew’s and PGA Championship, missing a put on the final hole that would have put him in a playoff ultimately won by Martin Kaymer. Then there is Augusta. If the argument exists that he DID NOT learn anything from these near misses, I’d love to hear it. But if things only went a little differently, we could be talking about a Rory Slam right now and Tiger’s reputation would be sinking even deeper than it already is.
As for Tiger, he better hope he can get some of Dr. Galea’s famous cocktail or he won’t ever reach Jack’s mark of 18 majors, let alone getting to 15. The more time he misses, the rustier that swing gets, the more confident Rory and the other young guns get…Tiger’s dominance will just become a distant memory.
American golfers need to take note and starting getting their crap together before the Euros start to TOTALLY pwn the game. Guys like Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney (not including Pheeeel or Stricker since they are cagey vets now), need to dial it up and start putting up red numbers in Major Championships. We have already wet the bed when it comes to tennis (Mardy Fish is the highest ranked American, #9…sad). Before long, the rest of the world is going to pass us on the links and that charge is going to be led by Rory McIlroy. I am already afraid of next year’s Ryder Cup. Anything can happen and Rory is only 22, but damn…America better hope our guys’ balls drop fast or it is going to be a long couple of years.