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Golf Looks Toward A Soaring Rory

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND | The different ages and eras of professional golf aren’t marked by straight lines but more by dots connected by names and places.
From Morris to Vardon, Jones to Hogan, Nicklaus to Woods, they are all connected not just by their achievements but by their impact on the game. Time passes, the names change and the game’s story is richer for it.
As 25-year-old Rory McIlroy stood in a cool breeze beneath a gray sky late Sunday afternoon, holding the silver Claret Jug in his hands and showing it to the packed grandstand that encircled Hoylake’s 18th green on three sides, it felt like another of those moments unfolding.
It’s not as simple as declaring the end of one era and proclaiming another but McIlroy’s third major championship victory reasserted that he’s different and what he has accomplished and likely will continue to achieve separates him.
Until McIlroy delivered his twostroke victory ahead of Sergio García and Rickie Fowler, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had won the first three legs of the career Grand Slam by such a young age. Now there are three in the group.
Whether McIlroy can follow their lead remains to be seen but more than anyone since Woods and, to a lesser degree Phil Mickelson, he seems capable of greatness. He seeks it. “Golf is looking for someone to put their hand up and try and I said … I wanted to be that person,” he said. “I want to be the guy that goes on and wins majors and wins majors regularly. I’d love to be in that position.”
Others, such as Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott, can fly, but Rory can soar.


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