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Since Rory’s big win at the the US Open last week there has been much talk about how good this kid could be in the future. His performance have also started the Tiger Woods comparisons and whether he is the one to challenge Jacks major record of 19 not Tiger. Rory has amazing amounts of talent but its almost impossible to predict how a golfers career will play out so making wild predictions is just silly at this stage of his development. But i did think it would be interesting to match Tigers and Rorys major championship performances to the point we are at in Rorys career, which is 11 majors played.
Debut-Rory started off in impressive fashion as a 17 year old finishing T-42 in the 2007 British Open. He won the silver medal as the best placed amateur.
Tiger finished in a eerily similar position to Rory in his debut performance in the majors with a T-41 in the Masters as a 19 year old.
High placed finish’s- In Rory’s third major appearance he managed a top ten at the US Open with an impressive final round of 68. In the same year he finished T-3 in the PGA Championship. In 2010 he missed the cut in the first two majors of the year but he impressed in the last two majors, finishing T-3 in both. At St Andrews he produce a flawless 63 only for that to be followed by a wind affected 80. At the PGA he had a genuine chance of victory with a put on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. In 2011 he continued his excellent form in the majors, contending strongly at the Masters. He started the tourney with a marvelous 65 and he held a 4 shot lead after 3 rounds. Unforgettably it would literally end in tears for Rory after a disastrous final round 80. He finished T-15. This of course leads us to last week where he broke several US Open records to win by 8 strokes.
Tiger struggled after his debut performance in the following 3 majors but in 1997 he exploded onto the scene with his now infamous win at the 97 US Masters. He obliterated the field by 12 strokes. Woods set a total of 20 Masters records in 1997 and tied six others.Woods struggled once again after this life changing victory. His slump in form was put down to swing changes he was undergoing with his coach Butch Harmon. His next highest finish in his first 11 starts in the majors was T-3 at the 1998 British Open, this was due to a wonderful final round of 66. The hard yards he was putting in at this point of his career would pay off massively in a couple of years down the road.
Based purely on looking at Tigers and Rorys major performances in their formative years, Rory is ahead. He has had a realistic chance of winning on the final back nine of a major on three occasions so far. While Tiger only really had one chance at the 1997 Masters.
Tiger won his second major on his sixteenth start at the 1999 PGA. Will Rory win one before the 2012 PGA? I wouldn’t bet against if he continues his current form in the majors.