I’m calling my shot. Rory McIlroy will not break the record of most golf major tournaments won set by Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear won 18; Rory Mac has three at the age of 25.
I know, I’m camped out on the limb of a sequoia.
The reason why, I think is fairly simple. There are too many quality golfers currently playing.
Last year on the PGA tour there were 13 first time winners. Already in 2014, 10 newbies have earned gargantuan novelty cheques worth a ton of loot.
McIlroy needs a win at the Masters to win the career slam. He is the leader amongst his generation of players like Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson. Fowler with his oversized cap & D-J, the future Mr. Paulina Gretzky have been close in majors, but have not lifted a trophy. They are part of generation that grew up watching Tiger dominate.
The lost generation, led by El Nino, Sergio Garcia was supposed to challenge Eldrick. It seems like yesterday the Spanish teenager was the runner-up to Tiger at the 1992 PGA. Yesterday on the back nine, two shots down, the 34-year-old could not come up clutch when it mattered.
And what about Tiger? He finished fourth to last. He is coming off back surgery. He turns 39 at the end of the year. He has 14 major titles, but after the PGA Championship, it will officially be a six year drought since he won his last major.
Woods is now behind the major tournament winning pace of Nicklaus for the first time ever.
Nobody will touch Jack.
If Rory Mac were to win seven more major titles, he would hit 10, and be fourth all-time. That would be a MAJOR accomplishment, considering the class of his peers.