A summer to remember for the Rory Mcilroy as he wins his fourth major, retains his world number 1 spot and records three wins in as many starts. Mcilroy joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning four majors before the age of 25 and is certainly going to go down in the history books. The Northern Irishman has hit some top quality form in recent weeks to earn his place as the best golfer in the world at the moment and is looking to kick on and become the best golfer the world has ever seen.
Mcilroy found himself in a situation he is use to as he took a one-shot lead going into the final round on Sunday. This lead was short-lived as his fellow competitors Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson made blistering starts to there final rounds to take the lead from the world number 1. Mcilroy did not help matters as he was the only player inside the top 20 to shoot over par on the front nine. Two bogeys in the first six holes meant he had it all to do on the back nine.
But an eagle at Ten shot him right up into contention and didn’t look like he was going anywhere else. He battled his way to victory after carding a final round 68 to win by won shot from the American Phil Mickelson who stayed hot on Mcilroy’s tail until the final hole.
This was arguably the best major in the past decade as more than 10 players were looking to cause an upset going into the final round. But all eyes were fixed upon Mcilroy and his nerves of steel. Mickelson, Fowler and Stenson held on to the last bit of hope for the longest but in the form Rory is in, no one can beat him.
The question is now, is Mcilroy the new Tiger? With Tiger now out of the picture in terms of performance and results, will the rest of the playing field be turning to see who comes second to Mcilory? Saying that the way things have been going in all four majors this year and many other tournaments it could be Mcilroy first and Fowler second. Fowler I believe is a rising talent and will only get better and seeing him battle alongside Rory in the past two majors has been incredible. The golf he has produced is world class and certainly worthy of a major title within the next few years.
Rory the next Tiger? Fowler the next Mickelson?