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Far too early to compare Rory to a young Tiger

Posted: July 23, 2014 - 12:14am  |  Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:01am
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Rory McIlroy won his third major championship this weekend at the British Open.  FILE/JOHN-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
FILE/JOHN-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Rory McIlroy won his third major championship this weekend at the British Open.

“Tiger’s History” – Apparently they did not remember that he is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. Reigning – as in, he won the award last year. That’s right. In 2013 Tiger Woods won five PGA Tour events. No other player on tour won more than two. So, please do not make it out like Woods has not won in a decade.

“Tiger will never win again” – Wow on this one. Again, he won five times last season. So, I guess he will never win again because he had poor finishes in his last two tournaments. Hey golf wiz, he had back surgery at the end of March. In case you have never seen a real, live golf swing, it requires the use of your back. Let’s give him a little time to get back in the swing of things. Also, keep in mind, that most doctors stated that the average time to recover from his type of surgery was eight months. Tiger was back in less than three.

“Rory will be the next to chase Jack” – This one may be true. Who knows? However, let’s temper this excitement a little. Sure, Rory is extremely talented and has an incredible golf swing. A swing that has produced dominant performances in a U.S. Open (-16 under par in 2011) and a PGA championship (8 shot win in 2012), but he lacks the consistency and the early dominance that Tiger showed us from 1997-2002. I think most golf fans, and certainly the “Tiger-Haters” have forgotten just how good Tiger has been. So, why don’t we compare Tiger and young
Rory.

Overall PGA Tour performance (prior to the British Open)

Tiger Woods: 79 wins in 300 PGA events as a pro (26.3 percent)

Rory McIlroy: 6 wins in 70 PGA events as a pro (7.6 percent)

Rory’s percentage is great. Heck, after Tiger and Rory, Adam Scott (4.9 percent) is the only other player in the Top 10 of the World Golf Rankings over 3.3 percent.

Also, Tiger’s wins are 2nd All-Time on the PGA Tour, and how about this stunner…Tiger is 3rd All-Time on the European Tour in Wins with 40.

 

Championship Performance

Tiger has won 14 of 65 majors as a pro (21.5 percent) *Despite personal issues, numerous injuries, and surgeries Tiger won those 14 Titles in his first 46 professional majors (31.1 percent). Rory has won 3 of his first 23 majors as a pro (13 percent).

Tiger won 8 of his first 23 events as a Professional (34.8 percent).

Rory has played in the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open a combined 18 times. Tiger made the cut in his first 37 major championships and has only missed three cuts in 65 majors as a pro.

 

Missed Cuts

Rory: Missed the cut in two of his first six majors as a pro

Tiger: Only missed one cut in his first 44 majors (37 straight made cuts in majors to start his career)

 

Masters

Rory: One finish better than 15th in six appearances. Zero wins.

Tiger: Outside of Top 15 only three times in 17 appearances. Four wins and in the top six 12 of his 17 appearances

 

U.S. Open

Rory: Top eight or better one time in six appearances

Tiger: Three wins. Top 20 in 13 of 16 appearances, Top six in 8 of 16 appearances

 

British Open

Rory: Better than Top 24 in two of six appearances. One win. Tiger: Three wins, Top nine in nine of 17 appearances.

 

PGA Championship

Rory’s best event of the majors

Rory: Top eight in three of five Appearances

Tiger: Three wins, Top four in seven of 16 Appearances.

Also, since Tiger’s arrival on the tour purses have gone up by over 500 percent.

Yes, that is not a typo, 500 percent. Tiger is the reason guys like Charles Howell of Augusta has made over $25 Million for his career,. He is the reason players on the mini-tours can make a good living without even making it to the PGA Tour. What does all this mean? It means you “Tiger-Haters” should cool your jets on comparing Rory to Woods.

Quite frankly it is laughable. Rory has a long, long way to go to be in the vicinity of Tiger.

He may get there one day (I highly doubt it), but July 23, 2014 is not that Day.

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