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In winning the 2011 U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy broke 12 records, the most significant of which was the number of strokes he took to do it: 268. The previous best: 272 by Jack Nicklaus. That is a monumental achievement. And this is the most endearing character in golf since Wee Bobby Jones. This man has talent, guts, and class. He looks the camera in the eye and answers whatever question put before him with honesty, sincerity, and wit. He is truly the real deal.

I expect he will win a fair share of majors. Is he the next Tiger Woods? No. He is Rory McIlroy, a man of much more integrity than Woods. Not only did Woods fail off the course, I suspect he used steroids to accomplish his feats on the course. Rory will have none of that nor any suspicion of that. This lad from Northern Ireland just loves golf, and shows it (more…)

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The great intimidators in golf history are legendary: Walter Hagen,  Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer,  Patty Berg, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Wright, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Annika Sorenstam, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Tiger Woods, and…Eddie, the guy from Ireland I played with last weekend. That’s right: We deal with intimidation even among amateurs on the muni all the time. There’s the guy who plays the black or blue tees while we tiptoe up to the whites. Then there’s the gorilla who cracks it 280 down the middle…just about every time. And the guy who keeps making par after bloody par while we scratch out bogeys. We’re impressed. We’re embarassed. We’re humiliated. We’re intimidated.  “I’m very intimidated,” Ray Romano said to Hank Haney, “by anyone (more…)

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