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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 146
Y OU can’t hear, read or speak two words about golf this year without someone debating who’s the best of the new breed of young stars on the PGA Tour. Patrick Reed strings together a few good weeks and the world decides he’s ready for a major breakthrough. Jordan Spieth sets all kinds of records to create history at Augusta, and then Rickie Fowler finally fulfills his potential and muddies the waters of debate by winning The Players. But the throne is no longer in dispute when Rory McIlroy fronts up one week, beats the living suitcase out of everyone and reminds us all that there can only ever be one alpha dog. Every so often, McIlroy likes to win big. The kind of ‘big’ that only a handful of today’s players are capable of producing for one round, let alone a full week. And Rory does it more often than almost anyone else. His first major, the 2011 US Open, was a decimation of almost biblical proportions. Jason Day had a brilliant week, yet finished eight shots back in second place. A year later at the PGA Championship, Mac was eight shots too good again, and that included an inexplicable 75 in the second round. It’s like (dare we say it) Tiger, once upon a time. If every single player – including Woods – brought their absolute, course-crushing A-game, he’d win by more than five shots. McIlroy is in that kind of airspace and he knows it. His third round of 61 at the Wells Fargo Championship was arguably the best round of golf seen anywhere in 2015 and included nine birdies in a 10-hole stretch, without a single blemish the entire day.
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