Rory’s play was fantastic this week, and I’m ecstatic he got this first major win this early, and that he put the Augusta demons behind him. It was clearly a record setting week, and he played great.
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But even as great as this performance was, it’s not even close to what Tiger did at Pebble Beach in 2000.
This week the conditions were as favorable as one can imagine, especially for a US Open. A lot of players shot good scores; Rory just shot four good scores and won by a landslide. Rookie Kevin Chappell actually played better than Rory over the last three rounds, playing them in -9 after an opening round 76. Steve Stricker had three rounds under par, and still finished T19.
At Pebble the conditions were absolutely brutal, and Tiger was the only one who appeared to have any control whatsoever over his game. It looked like the rest of the field were playing with gutta percha balls and hickory shafts. Vijay had an 80 on Saturday, and still finished T8. Ernie and Jimenez failed to break par in three of their four rounds, and they tied for second place.
So, major props to Rory. Great tournament.
But it doesn’t compare to Tiger in 2000.
Keep’em in the short stuff.