U.S. captain Tom Watson made it sound as if he were leaning more on Woods’ past than the current state of his game, not to mention his health.
What a display of composure, fight and fine golf. And in the end, the best player in the game came through.
McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.
Rory McIlroy will try to continue his magical ride here at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, although he hopes to play mistake-free Sunday after an up and down 4-under 67 Saturday.
Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.
On a soggy day at Valhalla, Rory McIlroy put himself in a familiar position — at the top of the leaderboard in the PGA Championship.
He may not move the needle, as they say, quite like Tiger, but Rory McIlroy’s fan base should be right up there.
The divide just keeps growing. There’s Rory McIlroy, looking like the man to beat at Valhalla. Then there’s Tiger Woods, now most concerned with making it to the weekend.
“I hit a lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole,” admitted Tiger. “I had plenty of looks to turn my round around and then post something even par, even under par.”
Looking much like a guy playing just his 11th competitive round since back surgery, Woods was spraying shots all over Valhalla on Thursday.
Sports on their own are dramatic. When Hollywood gets involved, things are taken to an entirely different level. And since we’re already emotionally invested, we love that.
Tiger finally arrived at Valhalla on Wednesday, after three days of speculation about whether his ailing back would allow him to compete in the final major of the year.
I’m wondering, when it comes to Tiger’s health, who is helping him make these decisions? Is he even listening to his doctor?
Joe LaCava was at Valhalla. So was his car, a silver SUV parked in the spot assigned to the four-time PGA champion. As for Woods? Stay tuned.
Tiger was at Firestone, and the scene looked all too familiar. Except he wasn’t hoisting a trophy. He could barely bend over to pick up his tee.
A collection of photos from the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Photos from the final round of the 2013 Masters.
Photos from Round 3 of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
Photos of the awards ceremony at the Masters in Augusta, GA.