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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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      47%
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      53%

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  • Will Tiger Woods win another major?

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      56%
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      44%

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a tournament in 2014?

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      42%
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      58%

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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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      24%
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      42%
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      9%

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  • When will Jordan Spieth win his first major?

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      42%
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      19%

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  • Which of these golfers has the brightest future?

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      11%
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      21%

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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?

  • Who will win the Masters?

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

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      40%
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  • Which type of Masters do you enjoy most?

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      42%

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  • Is the 2014 Masters less interesting without Tiger Woods?

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      29%

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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?

  • Which of the Masters favorites has the better shot at winning?

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

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      10%
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  • Which of these non-major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these first-time Masters competitors will finish highest?

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  • Who will win the 2014 Masters?

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      49%

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

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      38%
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      27%

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Scott holds off Tiger at Barclays

Adam Scott seemed out of it. Sure, he was in the clubhouse at 11-under after his final-day 66, but he figured someone else in the field would best his 273 and take the Barclays trophy. Not so much, though, as the likes of Justin Rose, Gary Woodland, Kevin Chappell and the ailing Tiger Woods failed to match Scott's tally. Now, the 33-year-old Aussie has two wins on the year -- including the Masters Tournament. But Woods remains atop the FedEx Cup standings and has five wins overall.

  • If the season ended today, whom would you pick as PGA Tour Player of the Year?

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  • Who will win the FedEx Cup?

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      11%

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  • Should Tiger Woods play in next week's Deutsche Bank Championship despite his ailing back?

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      53%
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      47%

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  • Will Adam Scott win a major in 2014?

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      61%
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      39%

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