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12 top 5s in his last 13 starts. That is Tiger 2000 freaky good. This kid is special and he's a really good kid. Glad my son gets to watch a talent like this growing up like I got to watch Tiger in his prime.
He's got a long way to go to be compared to Tiger, but he's certainly off to a great start at it. Kid's got about as natural a golf swing as you will ever see. Wanted to reach through the TV and smack him last year at the PGA when he played the shot off that root. Caddie should have stepped in and refused to move until he decided to chip out. A shot like that can kill a career.
Everybody is going to have a long way to go to be compared to Tiger, but their careers are pretty similar at the same age. Most non-golf fans don't understand just how unreal 12 top 5s in 13 starts in today's game is. Not to mention he has won 3 of those and finished 2nd 4 other times, and won the US Open by a billion shots before that. He led 3 consecutive majors at some point at 21-22 years old. He is the Euro Tiger, but he's not quite the short game maestro and putter Tiger was (although he is superior tee to green at the same age).
You are a very knowledgeable golf fan. You are exactly right in that description. The one thing that concerns me about Rory is he hasn't shown the same ability Tiger did to close the deal. Rory has shown to be beatable on Sunday, and sometimes has beaten himself. Tiger really set him apart from everyone else in that respect (a lot of that has vanished now). But from the start of his career, through the start of his scandal, he just didn't beat himself and when he was there he closed the deal virtually 100% of the time. That's what has always amazed me about Tiger.
No doubt. Tiger was simply incredible in his self-belief. He was the GREATEST putter of all time by MILES when at his best, and he just looked like he knew he was going to make anything that really mattered. Even when he missed from 40 feet, they all looked like they were going in. I am not a Tiger fan, but I do like the fact he's "back". Unlike 2000, most of the young guns are not really scared of him so it should be exciting stuff the next 10 years.
I bought into Tiger during the finals of his third US Am victory when he was playing Steve Scott. He had been down the whole match and you just got the feeling he would make something happen. I can't remember if it was 16 or 17 in the afternoon round, but he made a 40 foot bomb at one of those points when he just couldn't afford to miss. He really seemed to have the ability to will the ball into the hole. It was like nothing I've really seen before. You are very right on the intimidation. DJ, Rory, etc aren't afraid of him in the least. Tiger will have to learn to win when he gets his opponents' best, which he rarely did before (PGA victory over Bob May notwithstanding).
Rory has the best swing in the world. He's an incredible ball-striker.
He's the Roy Hobbs of ballstriking. Has to work a bit harder on the short game, but he's plenty good enough there.
This guy has the ability to hold on to the #1 ranking for a pretty long time, mainly because he plays more events on the Euro Tour. It shows you how dilute the #1 ranking has been lately when a guy with only 6 professional wins is at the top. Top 5's and 10's are important to the rankings too, but wins always makes better statements. Good win for RM in a decent field. I hope the kid has changed his attitude in the past year because last year he was super brat...and from what I was told at times he could not keep his trap shut and was called a jerk by many from his own hometown in Northern Ireland. My parents went there less than 2 years ago and a lot of his own countrymen didn't like him at all, but they still wanted one of their own to do well nonetheless. BTW, according to my parents who are huge golf fans, not one person had anything bad to say about Graeme McDowell (both he and Rory are from Northern Ireland and both still live there). They say Graeme is the best ambassador out there, for them. At a local pub when my parents told them they were from Birmingham,AL their eyes lit up and the pub went crazy (Graeme played for UAB). The pints were on the house the rest of the night needless to say. What happened only a month later after my parents got back? Graeme won the US Open and first ever Northern Ireland winner of it. First Northern Ireland winner of a major since 1947 I was told too.
One thing is sure, I am sure glad RM got rid of his horrid hair fro and started working out some of that chubby fat. Get used to it boys, he should be the odds on favorite in all 4 majors this year. Great ball striker with crazy length off the tee and a really good confident putter. The whole Tiger comparisons are so stupid its laughable...laughable! Kid has 6 wins as a pro. Tiger did that in under 3 months before. I just think its stupid is all, because there is nothing that compares to the two. Any comparisons to these two are really just predictions through projections.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
No, actually their career paths are very similar at the same age. Why do most people refuse to believe that? Not saying he is going to be Tiger Woods, but you act like 6 wins and one major at 22 years old is something Tiger blew away and it's not.
And BTW, who would you have at #1 right now???? Over the past year, he's been BY FAR the best player in the world so shouldn't he be ranked #1?
He was draining 10 to 15 foot par putts like they were nothing yesterday. That putting performance was amazing.
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I really like watching him play, he is one of the best ball strikers on tour and also a great putter. I been playing golf a long time and every time I see that kid swing, I think man I wish I had that swing. His swing is poetry in motion.
This....For me to even think about the comparisons to Woods, he better keep this up for several more years...then I can compare him to Tiger...got to keep it up...That's what separates the legendary golfers from everyone else...They perform at that level for many,many years
Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear.
I would compare him more to Greg Norman at this point. Norman was #1 for a very long time, won lots of times and had a ton of top 5's. This is not a slam, Norman is one of the best ever in my opinion.
He's got a great chance to go on a run provided he stays with his instructor and doesn't mess with his swing. Then you have to look at off course distractions as a possible barrier. He's a very nice, polite kid. I met him in Houston and was duly impressed by his manners. He's an easy guy to support.
True. He may or may not have a Tiger like career, but he does have the talent. He also was a very, very young prodigy displaying great talent when a small tot.
One thing he does have over Tiger, he comes across as a much, much nicer young man. Hope he is able to continue that through all the fame and time demands.
I am the only person that thought there was typo in the title and this thread was about Greg?
Morgan, I never said he wasnt deserving of #1. In fact, I said I look for him to stay at #1 for a long time. What exactly did you read from my post that I said he was not deserving? smh. I also said that I expect him to be the odds on favorite in all 4 majors this year.
I said that 6 international wins as a pro is not close to a comparison of anything Tiger-esque. You cannot compare with age either because TW went to college and RM did not. RM turned pro at 17 and TW was 21 when he went pro. The only way you can compare the two at all is "years as a pro". In TW's first 5 years on tour he had 24 PGA wins (not counting any international wins) and 5 majors. Compare this to RM first 5 years as an international professional. 6 international wins (3 PGA and 3 Euro) and 1 US Open win. Its just a little ridiculous to compare these two at all IMO. I am not a big Tiger fan either although I do think the game of golf is more entertaining when he's playing well. I pull for Phil because he's more fun to watch and his interaction with fans and charity involvement is 2nd to none. To answer your question about who I think #1 should be..Its obvious isn't it?..Rory. His game right now is poised for a nice long run at the #1 ranking. But this is the first week of being #1! Let it play out for Pete's sake at least one full golf season.
Norman was a great player. But like any great player you are measured by how did in Majors. He had only 2. Still doesnt mean he wasnt a great player because he was in fact consistently dominant for years...just not in Majors. Sure, he had a handful of near misses, but still only 2 major championships. One thing is for certain though, he is the worlds heavyweight champion of business success after his golf career was over.
Rory has game. Beautiful swing and he can scramble. I'm excited to see what he can do.
I think it would be awesome if Tiger can start winning again and there is a new Tiger/Rory rivalry formed..that would be some exciting golf right there
I don't think the "years as a pro" method of comparing golfers is the way to go in this one. Was RM going to win pro tournaments as a 17 yr old? No. He was there to develop his game and prepare for a run in pro golf. TW went to college to develop his game and prepare for pro golf. Of course 22 year old Tiger coming out of college will be more prepared to win right away than 17yr old RM fresh out of Northern Ireland. I think this is a wait and see how it all shakes out type debate. RM is just getting rolling and has all the tools to win a lot. TW has already done that and is trying to do it again (although I doubt he ever will especially on the level he did before). Let's all agree to meet back here in 20 years and see how it worked out.
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How many Majors will Rory win this year? And do you think he wins the Masters?
He's probably the most talented player we've seen since Tiger and has all the skills to be as good, but I just don't think he has the killer instict that Tiger had.
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