Things change now, of course. McIlroy becomes the favorite. He will face the impossible expectations that have crushed many promising golfers. Tom Watson has said that trying to become the best golfer in the world is one thing, being the best is much harder. There is no way to know how McIlroy will handle it.
But we can make a pretty good guess. In April, McIlroy fumbled away a big lead at Augusta. It was an epic collapse, one that could have pulverized his spirit. Last weekend McIlroy turned in one of the greatest performances in the history of major-championship golf. If he can improve that much in two months, just imagine how bright the future of golf looks.
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