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The Great Ones Find A Way

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | The only question now about Rory McIlroy is how far he goes and, if we’re fortunate, we have another 20 years or so to find out.
As dominating as his first two major championship victories were and as reconfirming as his Open Championship win was last month at Hoylake, McIlroy’s victory Sunday at the PGA Championship at Valhalla was the most impressive of them all.
It was a muddy masterpiece.
McIlroy won his first three majors on sheer talent. He won this one on guts and toughness too, by turning a potentially lost Sunday into an unforgettable victory that positively glowed through the rain, slop and darkness that framed the best afternoon of golf in what seems like ages.
“It is the most satisfying, to win in this fashion, in this style,” McIlroy said, his big silver trophy sitting at his right hand. “It means I know I can do it. I can mix it up with the best players in the game and come out on top.”
If all the talk about a McIlroy era seemed a tad premature beforehand, it doesn’t any more. This is golden age stuff.
“It’s beginning to look a little Tigeresque,” Graeme McDowell said. “As I said at the Open, I didn’t think we were going to see the new Tiger era … just yet. I’m not eating my words but I’m certainly starting to chew on them.”
Ernie Els spent a career collecting four major championships. McIlroy has that many already and until May he wasn’t old enough to legally rent a car in this country.
McIlroy will go to Augusta in April chasing a third major championship victory in a row and the career Grand Slam while everyone else will be chasing him.


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