Is the rivalry golf has been waiting for finally starting to simmer?
Rors performance at Kiawah Island, winning the PGA Championship by eight shots, was awesome. Bogey-free 66s don’t occur often, but doing it. On a Sunday. Of a Major. On the toughest course in America (officially, via Golf Digest). With the lead. Like I said… awesome.
In fact, McIlroy became the first winner in 5 majors to convert a 54-hole lead (see: Adam Scott, Gmac & Furyk, Hanson, Dufner & Steele…cough…choke…).
People take for granted winning when you are two or three shots clear with 18 holes to go. Rors did it in style, becoming the first golfer to win his first two majors by 8-shots or more. Best of luck beating that record kids!
Now, I hear Tiger and Rory are set to go head-to-head at the PGA Tour’s Barclays event next week, then again in China in October. Add that to a possible match-up at the Ryder Cup and could we be witnessing the Federer-Nadal-type rivalry golf’s been anticipating for years?
Funnily enough, I see Tiger playing the Nadal role. Ignoring age, Tiger is the injury-prone powerhouse perfectionist that fights, screams and fist-pumps, whilst Rory strides down the fairway like it’s a catwalk making the game look far too easy and natural, with his eastern-European partner looking on. (Note, I stayed away from comparing Rory’s iconic afro to Fed’s flowing mop)
Personally, I think Tiger’s had the better season. Rory has been up-and-down, not driving the ball as well as he can and missing a couple of cuts he probably shouldn’t have.
Mind you, he is in the honeymoon stage of his fling with Caroline Wozniacki, whilst Tiger is in the hangover stage of his divorce.
“No women, no cry”?