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Is Rory McIlroy the new Tiger?

For a moment there, it appeared Rory McIlroy would not extend his period of dominance to Valhalla Golf Club. Guess he was just toying with us. McIlroy, who took a 1-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Championship but fell behind early on, eagled No. 10 and eventually clawed his way to his fourth major championship. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland now has won his past three starts, including the Open Championship, and is No. 1 in the world rankings. Is he finally going to become the new Tiger Woods?

How many majors will Rory McIlroy win in his career (currently four)?

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  • Will Rory McIlroy ever be as dominant as Tiger Woods was in his prime?

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  • Will Rory McIlroy win the 2015 Masters?

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  • Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking. When will someone else next occupy the top spot?

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  • Are you rooting for Rory McIlroy to be as dominant or nearly as dominant as Tiger Woods?

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  • Who has the better chance of breaking Jack Nicklaus' majors record (18)?

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  • Will Tiger Woods ever win another major?

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Rory McIlroy is new No. 1

Rory McIlroy is back at No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking, after overcoming a 3-shot deficit to beat Sergio Garcia at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It was McIlroy's first start since going wire-to-wire at the Open Championship, meaning the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland just might be heating up. Will McIlroy reach the heights projected of him when he burst on the scene years ago?

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  • Rory McIlroy is now No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking. When will someone else next occupy the top spot?

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  • When will Rory McIlroy win his next major?

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  • How many majors will Rory McIlroy win in his career (currently three)?

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  • Will Rory McIlroy ever be as dominant as Tiger Woods was in his prime?

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Rory McIlroy wins Open Championship

His early career has had plenty of downs, but few can deny Rory McIlroy's many ups, the latest of which came at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. There, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland went wire-to-wire to beat Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes, making McIlroy only the third player to win three majors by the time he was 26. The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods -- meaning McIlroy's future seems quite bright indeed. Woods, meanwhile, posted his worst 72-hole finish at a major as a pro, ending up in 69th out of the 72 players who made the cut, 23 shots behind the winner. This leaves his Ryder Cup slot in further jeopardy.

  • How many majors will Rory McIlroy win in his career (currently three)?

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  • Who is the best golfer in the world right now?

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  • Will Sergio Garcia ever win a major?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win another major?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a tournament in 2014?

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  • Should Tiger Woods play in the Ryder Cup this year?

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Bubba Watson wins the Masters

Your 2014 Masters champion is ... the 2012 Masters champion. Yes, for the second time in three years, big-hitting lefty Bubba Watson won the green jacket, jumping ahead of 20-year-old final pairing mate Jordan Spieth by the turn and cruising to the win. Is this the continuation of something special for Bubba Watson? Is the showing for Spieth -- who tied for second, three shots back -- the start of something big?

  • Where does Bubba Watson rank among the world's best golfers right now?

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  • How many majors will Bubba Watson win in his career (won two Masters)?

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  • When will Jordan Spieth win his first major?

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Who will win 2014 Masters?

Bubba Watson started the day 4 shots up. Now he's tied for the lead with rising star Jordan Spieth, who joined the 2012 Masters champion at 5-under atop a suddenly jammed leaderboard. Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt sit 1 shot back, with a host of others within a few shots. How will it play out Sunday?

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  • Which of these golfers outside the top four has the best shot at winning the Masters?

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  • Which type of Masters do you enjoy most?

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  • Is the 2014 Masters less interesting without Tiger Woods?

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