What Would a Rory Win Mean Tomorrow?

What would a Rory win mean tomorrow?  For one thing, it would mean there are only two names in the conversation for Greatest Of All Time: Rory and Mr. Nicklaus.

It would also put an exclamation mark on what was arguably the best year in golf since Bobby Jones’s Grand Slam.

And it would mean the American golf media’s “Rory Problem” isn’t going away.  Rory is so much better than the American media’s Golfdashian Twins that Phil and Woods could play best ball and Rory would still beat them handily.

I’m for Rory, make no mistake about it, but I admit a tiny part of me wants to see a winner whose life would be changed by pocketing $10 million.  Of course, it’s not like Horschel hasn’t cashed some sweet checks this year.  And, it would appear he’s taken his game to a new level, so the future probably has even more checks waiting for him.  To heck with guilt:  Go Rory!!!

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4 Responses to What Would a Rory Win Mean Tomorrow?

  1. Scratch1957 says:

    I beg your pardon, but many of us think Ben Hogan is in the conversation. Rory is great, but he has modern souped-up clubs and golf balls that were not available for Mr. Hogan and Mr.
    Nicklaus. Remember the “Hogan Slam” in 1953? Golf is simply not the same game now as it was before the introduction of Top Flight balls in the 1970’s. Mr. Nicklaus said that those balls went too fast. The USGA let its own initial impact speed rule be broken. Those people were a bunch of amateurs. The PGA and its Tour went right along. Thanks to them the traditions of our game were lost. Hogan and Snead were long hitters who had to know how to use long irons. The guys now don’t even carry one and two irons. Remember Hogan’s iconic one-iron shot to the 72nd hole at Merion in 1950? Some perspective is needed.

    • Anonymous says:

      First thought on that is that, in addition to different equipment, you have different course conditions. During that time of old technology you also had course conditions that were much different. Rough wasn’t necessarily 4 inches deep, greens weren’t 13 on a stimpmeter and courses weren’t 7500 yards long.

      You can’t say with any great deal of certainty that the guys of today couldn’t play as good or better than the guys of yesteryear with that equipment under the stipulation that that was all they knew; what they grew up with. Flip it around, you can’t say that those of yesteryear wouldn’t play as good or better than those of today with today’s equipment, if that was all they knew.

      Which is why comparing one era to the next is next to impossible. Bobby Jones and Sarazan were the men in his time. Then came along Hogan and Nelson. Then Palmer, Player, Nicklaus, Trevino, and then Miller and Watson, and the Norman and Faldo…and then Phil and Tiger, and now there are a dozen guys that have the potential to dominate.

      All the while technology changes, course conditions change, and on and on.

      • sretsam68 says:

        The biggest mis-conception in the comparison of eras is course length in relation to technological advances. Think about it for a second. If a course is lengthened 540 yards, that amounts to 30 yards per hole if distributed evenly. The lofts of the irons alone have been strengthened enough to compensate for that, let alone driver clubhead advances, shaft improvements, and lastly, the golf ball. Sure, many courses are more severe, but the pristine greens alone nearly offset that. The game is easier today. Jones, Hogan, and Nicklaus would do quite well today, but then that takes into consideration their approach to the game from the 1920s through the 1970s would carry over into today’s modern age.

  2. sretsam68 says:

    New video surfaces of Tiger practicing after hearing Rory tied the third-round lead – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erxTqzhPhFY.

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