Tiger Woods spoiled us rotten.
Ever since his game and reputation spiraled after his infamous fire hydrant encounter in 2009, the golf world has searched for the next Tiger Woods. There was hope after last year's U.S. Open that Rory McIlroy was the prodigy we've all been waiting for. "Rory's historic win will draw inevitable comparisons to Woods," blared one golf magazine headline last summer.
A year later, perhaps we need to call off the comparisons for a while.
McIlroy, 23, missed his eighth cut Friday at the Memorial – as many missed cuts as Woods has in his entire career – and while he still has more talent and potential than almost anyone we've seen in the last several years, the idea that anyone else will dominate at a young age like Woods once did is looking like a bit of a reach.
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