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James Lawton: Tiger Woods' pain is to witness Rory McIlroy surge

Published 14/08/2012 | 10:04

Tiger Woods remains fours majors away from Jack Nicklaus' record of 18
Tiger Woods remains fours majors away from Jack Nicklaus' record of 18

Rory McIlroy is not only a genius in his own right, he is becoming a walking reproach to the man he seems increasingly capable of supplanting, Tiger Woods.

The young Ulsterman's second major – acquired at a faster rate than the Tiger's opening onslaught 15 years ago – was of the same landslide proportions of his breakthrough US Open victory last year. By winning the US PGA, after such an indifferent Open performance, McIlroy showed a stunning capacity to live quite brilliantly in the moment.

It also used to be the great strength of the Tiger but in still another major he has, while occupying a threatening position, failed to come home with anything like the required authority.

These have been punishing years for the player we assumed to be the greatest golfer we were ever likely to see but, of all the hammer blows, the greatest must be the sight of his young rival devouring courses as if by whim. Right now, redemption can never have seemed so far away.

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