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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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Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?

Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?

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  • Which of these former major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these non-major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Who will win the 2014 Masters?

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  • How much will Tiger Woods' absence hurt the 2014 Masters?

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The first two majors of the season saw first-time winners of golf's biggest tournaments -- with Adam Scott at The Masters and Justin Rose at the U.S. Open. Will this week's The Open Championship be the third straight new winner? Or will someone like reigning winner Ernie Els or Tiger Woods capture another title? The 14-time major winner Woods has not played since the U.S. Open due to an elbow injury. Submit your rankings now!

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

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World Ranking: No. 1

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy
World Ranking: No. 2

Justin Rose

Justin Rose

Justin Rose
World Ranking: No. 3

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Justin Rose
World Ranking: No. 4

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson
World Ranking: No. 5

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar
World Ranking: No. 6

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell
World Ranking: No. 7

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker
World Ranking: No. 8

Luke Donald

Luke Donald

Luke Donald
World Ranking: No. 9

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker
World Ranking: No. 10

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen
World Ranking: No. 11

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood
World Ranking: No. 12

Ernie Els

Ernie Els

Ernie Els
World Ranking: No. 13

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel
World Ranking: No. 14

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia
World Ranking: No. 15

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson
World Ranking: No. 16

Jason Day

Jason Day

Jason Day
World Ranking: No. 17

Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley
World Ranking: No. 18

Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson
World Ranking: No. 19

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
World Ranking: No. 20

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The U.S. Open begins Thursday, with golfers facing an unusual test: the Merion Golf Club East Course, which has not hosted the tournament since 1981, and whose 6,996 yards make for the first sub-7,000 Open since 2004. Adding another twist is the weather; heavy rains suspended practice earlier in the week, and the course is expected to be especially soft when players tee off. Tiger Woods will look to resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' all-time majors record at this U.S. Open, but whether he rises above the muck or gets bogged down in it remains to be seen.


Win for Woods?

He's without a major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open, but Tiger Woods already has four wins in 2013. The streak must end sometime ... right?

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Who will win the U.S. Open?

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Red-eye

Phil Mickelson reportedly will attend his daughter's eighth-grade graduation Wednesday in San Diego, then fly back overnight to make his tee time early on Thursday morning.

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Will Phil Mickelson's hectic travel schedule affect his play this week?

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Remember me?

Tiger Woods and caddie Steve Williams -- yeah, they've got history, both good and bad. And they're paired together, so to speak, as Williams' new employer (Masters champ Adam Scott) will play at least two days with Woods.

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Will pairing with Tiger Woods prove distracting for Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams, who won 13 majors with Woods?

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The breakthrough?

Memorial champion Matt Kuchar enters the week ranked fourth in the world -- but he's never won a major. Same for Justin Rose (fifth), Luke Donald (sixth), Brandt Snedeker (seventh) and the long-suffering Sergio Garcia (15th).

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Which non-major champion has the best chance of breaking through with a win this week?

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Sergio struggles?

First came his feud with Tiger Woods at The Players Championship, then an inflammatory comment about Woods shortly after. Will Sergio Garcia be able to put the controversy behind him?

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How will Sergio Garcia fare this week?

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Going low?

More than five inches of rain has fallen on Merion recently, softening the course and making it ripe for low numbers.

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Analysts say the recent torrential rain at Merion will greatly lower scores. Will you be disappointed if this proves true?

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People make fun of golfers for requiring funereal silence before every shot. It's understandable, in a way -- baseball players have to hit balls moving at a hundred miles an hour while everyone in the stadium is screaming invective at them -- but it misses the point. A sudden noise will break anyone's concentration, which is why Sergio Garcia was upset at Tiger Woods for allegedly causing a distraction during The Players Championship. Woods says he had permission from course marshals to remove a club from his bag, prompting a crowd reaction that Garcia said distracted him. The marshals recall no such permission, which might have been an actual issue had this been brought up on Sunday. As it is now, it's an interesting postscript to Tiger's win and Garcia's collapse.

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