U.S. Open and Open Championship Runaway Wins Brian July 21, 2014 HEADLINES, PGA Tour Photo courtesy Nike Golf Of course there were other players in the conversation and some that actually had a shot to win the tournaments on Sunday, but for the second major tournament in a row – Martin Kaymer’s U.S. Open victory and Rory McIlroy’s British open victory – it was a dominant, wire-to-wire victory. After 36 holes Kaymer was -10 with a 6-stroke lead and Rory was -12 with a 4-stroke lead. Nobody managed to get within 8 strokes of Kaymer at the tournament’s finish while Sergio and Rickie managed to get within 2 of Rory. There were certainly some close calls, but they were both in control for all four rounds their respective tournaments. This begs the question, is this good or bad? People tend to love parity in the three major sports – football, baseball and basketball. However, golf has thrived on regular champions and dominating performances. Perhaps the fact that it’s an individual sport as opposed to a team sport creates this difference. Meaning, it’s easier to root for a single player to do well consistently rather than watching the same team over and over again winning championships. Personally, I like when crop of pliers bubble up at the same time and duke it out on the course week after week. I hope Rory, Rickie, DJ, Adam Scott, Bubba and host of others take turns beating each other out for major championships. I don’t we’ll see a Tiger-like dominance in the sport for a while since those types of players are once in a generation. Regardless, both tournaments were exciting and great television. Looking forward to the PGA Championship, we could very well have somebody new win rather than a repeat from this year’s major winners – Bubba, Kaymer and Rory. Parity creates competition, and isn’t that what makes sports great? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.