Golf Talk

Is it the European Decade?

Watching Rory McIlroy dominate the U.S. Open is like watching Tiger Woods ten years ago. The decade that Tiger dominated golf made the game so interesting, unlike any time except for the few years Seve Ballasteros was playing his best in the early '80s.

Jack Nicklas will probably hold on to his title of most wins, but he was a boring player to watch: too slow, too white bread. I couldn't understand golf's appeal when Nicklas reigned and I'm not the only one. Most of the Tour players were and are still like that, especially the Americans.

McIlroy is a reminder of how much fun golf can be to watch when the right combination of youth, confidence and skill produce amazing results. He may not have that kind of inner magic Tiger had to beat up the competition for as long as he did, but Rory may inspire himself and the younger Tour players in a way that makes golf popular again.

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