Anonymous Pro: Can I tell it like it is? Royal St. George's is one of the worst major championship venues ever. It's definitely the worst stop in the Open rota.
Van Sickle: The obvious question is whether Rory McIlroy is the new Tiger Woods?
Anonymous Pro: He's not the next Tiger Woods because he keeps the ball in play, à la Tiger 2000. Maybe he's the new old Tiger Woods.
Bamberger: Tiger played so many shots from fairway bunkers and the rough that were a function of his enormous strength. Rory doesn't match Tiger there.
Garrity: I don't think anybody's going to say Rory is playing a game with which I'm not familiar, the way people did with Jack and Tiger. Tiger hit shots out of rough and over trees that other players physically couldn't. Rory doesn't inspire the Paul Bunyan--type of adulation. Rory is more of a Tom Watson or a Greg Norman or an Annika Sorenstam. Nobody remembers Annika's individual shots. She simply hit it better and outscored everyone on the LPGA for a decade.
Anonymous Pro: I hate labeling. It's unfair to tag any 22-year-old with the Next Tiger label. Rory was easily the best player in the U.S. Open, but it wasn't the most grueling test. Get back to me after Rory wins a couple of majors. It's way too early to say he's going to chase Nicklaus's record.
Shipnuck: I'm bullish on Rory. He's the favorite every time he tees it up now.
Hack: Rory doesn't have that intimidation that Jack and Tiger had. He doesn't demoralize the other guys in his group with his shots. We're breathless because of his margin of victory, his youth, the fact that Tiger is down and we're looking for the next guy.
Van Sickle: He demoralized the Congressional field with his scores.