Holywood Matinee Idol
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/4/12
OK, so it wasn't a runaway victory a la Congressional or Kiawah Island. And Louis Oosthuizen just missed sending the Deutsche Bank Championship to a playoff-within-a-playoff.

But in this writer's opinion, Rory McIlroy — the native of Holywood, Northern Ireland and already the #1-ranked player in the world — cemented his case for player-of-the-year honors, while vaulting to the top of the FedEx Cup point standings.

Still to come are the final two PGA Tour playoff events in Indianapolis and Atlanta, followed by the Ryder Cup outside Chicago. In theory, McIlroy could coast into the Ryder Cup with a break, but that apparently is not in his plans; referencing his two previous wins this season, Rory said yesterday:
"Three is a great number. I'd like to make it four — or five — after the FedExCup."
Both Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods tried to make things interesting on the closing nine, the South African the more successful of the two. Woods played well from the tee-box and fairway coming home, but his putter sputtered.

Alas, this was nothing compared to Charley Hoffman, who stumbled like a drunken giraffe. After he birdied the eighth hole on Sunday to advance to -13, Hoffman played the final ten holes +8 by bogeying 9 and 10, then quadruple-bogeying the par-3 11th.

As with the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup playoff run, the pressure will only build and compound; the competition becomes tighter and more excruciating. Can Holywood match Hollywood? Can the kid summon the endurance to outlast the heretofore-more-experienced competition? As Jonathan Quick did what Martin Brodeur could not, can Rory McIlroy pace himself and summon the endurance and control when he needs it at the Ryder Cup?

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Banker85 says:
POY is still up for grabs. It is between Tiger and Rory only. Basically it boils down to who will win thier 4th tourny of the year. If they both get 4, nod goes to Rors with the Major.
9/4/12
 
dartboss04 says:
I think Rory for sure with the major and multiple wins. I think if any of the other major winners win the next two tournaments, although unlikely, and take home the fedex cup, they should win over Rory. If Tiger wins the next two, ending with 5 wins and the fedex, that's close, but I would still give the edge to Rory with the major. Tiger would probably agree.
9/4/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Agree with dartboss04.
9/4/12
 
joe jones says:
I'm not too concerned about who wins POY. It really has little relevance to the success of the PGA tour. This has been a year of rising young stars and the passing of the torch from some of the veterans to the new generation being churned out around the world. Rory seems to be totally oblivious to good or bad shots. I just hope his enjoyment of all of the celebrity that comes with his position doesn't spoil what so far has been great fun to watch.It,s awfully hard to reach the top in any sport and even harder to stay there.
9/4/12
 
legitimatebeef says:
Mcilroy is the player of the year. It should be obvious to anyone with eyeballs and more than a passing interest in this game. He is playing unbelievable golf. His driving game is bold and aggressive, his irons seem to fly higher and land softer than anyone else, his chips and bunker shots seem to magically funnel toward the hole and his putts all seem to die in the dead center of the hole, perfect speed. He pulls all this off with what looks like such ease. At this point the game is easier for Rory than anyone on the planet. He is flying high. People have loyalty to Woods and rightly so, and it's great that he is showing some good form again this year but let's face it, on the PGA Tour 2012 has been Mcilroy's year.
9/4/12
 
Banker85 says:
@dartboss, i dont think that would fly with the media. I get both sides and as Jones said it really does not matter. Beef is right saying the golf is easiest for McIlroy right now then anyone else. Scary how long he is off the tee and how crisp his iron play is.
9/4/12
 
dartboss04 says:
What wouldn't fly? I give the edge to Rory unless one of the other major winners takes home the Fedex Cup with two straight wins. I love Tiger, and there is no scenario I have him winning.

Rory certainly is unbelievable right now, but he also can be a little streaky. Missed cuts at The Players, Memorial, and US Open all within about a month. When he is on, he is terrific. All I'm saying is if Bubba, Webb, or Ernie win the next two, they will have the same number or wins as Rory, a major like Rory, and the FedEx Cup. That is impressive. Rory may still deserve it, but it's very close.
9/4/12
 
Banker85 says:
I am saying it would be a big hoopla if Tiger wins the next 2 tourneys making his total 5 + the FedEx Cup, to Ror's 3 including a major. I would give the nod to Tiger for that.
9/5/12
 
dartboss04 says:
Gotcha. It certainly would be close.
9/5/12
 
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