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Rory McIlroy wins Open Championship
His early career has had plenty of downs, but few can deny Rory McIlroy's many ups, the latest of which came at the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. There, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland went wire-to-wire to beat Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes, making McIlroy only the third player to win three majors by the time he was 26. The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods -- meaning McIlroy's future seems quite bright indeed. Woods, meanwhile, posted his worst 72-hole finish at a major as a pro, ending up in 69th out of the 72 players who made the cut, 23 shots behind the winner. This leaves his Ryder Cup slot in further jeopardy.
Who will win 2014 Masters?
Bubba Watson started the day 4 shots up. Now he's tied for the lead with rising star Jordan Spieth, who joined the 2012 Masters champion at 5-under atop a suddenly jammed leaderboard. Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt sit 1 shot back, with a host of others within a few shots. How will it play out Sunday?
Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?
Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?
2013 PGA Championship
With two top-10 finishes in the 2013 majors, Tiger Woods certainly has had opportunities to finally get major No. 15 and stop his winless streak in majors at 21. His four PGA Championship titles suggest this week's tournament at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., provides his latest -- and perhaps best -- chance to move one closer to Jack Nicklaus' magic No. 18. Woods has sat on 14 career majors since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson added an Open Championship win to his already-stellar list of accomplishments on Sunday, but one title has eluded Mickelson. He has come in second place in a record six U.S. Open tournaments and has yet to win one. He's lost to some of the best golfers in recent memory, a fact that has to be cold comfort to him. Can you name them all? Take our quiz now!
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