McIlroy cruises to his 3rd major title; Tiger nowhere to be found

July 21, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I won’t be at my usual post on Monday, July 21, as I’m spending my day in — of all places — the lovely city of Philadelphia, attempting to qualify for the United States Mid-Amateur at an awesome golf course named Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

I’ll return to the air tomorrow, ready to chat Orioles, Ravens and maybe even some leftovers from the British Open.

There’s not a whole lot to say, actually, about what transpired at Royal Liverpool.  What Rory McIlroy did — sleeping on the lead for three straight nights — was as impressive of a victory in major championship golf as we’ve seen in a few years.   His wire-to-wire win doesn’t yield much in the form of discussion, point-counter point, etc.  He played superb golf and was the justifiable winner.

I do think the back nine lacked the sort of drama necessary to rank Hoylake as one of the rotation’s best courses for the Open.  The 16th and 18th holes are essentially par 4.5’s, and, honestly, should probably both be played as par 4’s in the tournament, reducing par on the course from 72 to 70.

Rickie Fowler certainly looks like he’s on the verge of a career-breakthrough.  His second consecutive runner-up finish in a major championship bodes well for him down the road.  His Butch Harmon-rebuilt swing has held up very well under the extraordinary pressure of major championship golf and the fact he’s contended at both of this year’s “Open” championships shows he can play on a variety of courses.

As for the other big story, Tiger Woods, the great one sputtered on Friday with a second round 77 before slightly redeeming himself over the weekend with a 2-day total of +4.  That he made the cut not quite four months after major back surgery is a positive step for Tiger, but playing the weekend isn’t the sort of triumph Woods is after these days.  Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson — who has repeatedly said if Tiger is healthy he’ll be a captain’s pick for this year’s event — would be nuts to add Woods to the U.S. team based on the way the 14-time major champion is playing right now.  I realize a lot can change in two months time, but there’s just no way Tiger is one of the best twelve American players in the game.

In fact, if Woods had any pride in the event itself, he’d tell Watson NOT to add him to the team.  He’d get far more out of that then he would going over to Gleneagles and stinking up the joint for three days and scratching out 2.5 points in the four matches he plays in the Ryder Cup.

Tiger, though, will never do that.

He’d never intentionally remove himself from a competition of any sort.  Which is why Watson needs to do it for him.


4 Comments For This Post

  1. Eddie Says:

    Well anyone could see Tiger was rusty after his long layoff and prob. stll has an injury of some kind . But on the bright side he did best John Daly by a couple of strokes -rounds one and two- and did make the cut . It’s always exciting to have Woods back in the game but the TV guys didn’t talk about him enough and that was disapointing . And Ricky Fowler played well even without his Ronald McDonald outfits , all in all a great weekend of T.V. Golf .

  2. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Since I was blocked on Friday from responding to your comment, I will try again today. Do you really think people would give 2 good craps to read who I would pick? You as a on air person cannot take criticism & that is too bad, it comes with the territory. Both your Open picks did not do well & I’m pointing that out. Drew, you need to lighten up or find another line of work if you can’t be criticized on your opinions !!! (DF: Blocked? I responded to your post… how do you consider that blocked? I merely pointed out that you were too busy running your mouth and Cabrera was actually still on the course and playing well. He finished 6 under and in 19th place. But you were too busy worrying about me to check the leaderboard.)

  3. John in Westminster Says:

    How good was Ricky Fowler! I would disagree a little that Rory cruised his way. Fowler shoots 4 rounds in the 60s and doesn’t win? Garcia also played solidly. Hoylake seemed to be pretty forgiving with only a few spots of rough that truly penalized bad shots.

  4. The armchair qb Says:

    The one time phenom has posted an average score of 72.6 in 17 majors since 2011, which is barely “scratch” golf and hardly worthy of winning majors! With age, physical issues and stern competition, which his popularity helped spawn, it’s not likely that he’ll ever win another major! Some are starting to compare McIlroy to Tiger, but the competition is so good today that no one is likely to equal the accomplishments of either Tiger or Nicklaus, the latter of whom gets my vote as the greatest golfer of all time!

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