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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?
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.
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?
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?