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Sure, Rory McIlroy's victory at Congressional was monumental in terms of U.S. Open wins. However, one major cannot guarantee the ridiculous expectations put upon him to be the "next big thing" in golf. If his career ends anywhere short of what Tiger Woods has accomplished, he will be seen as an even bigger disappointment than LeBron James in the Finals.
Zack Hood, Phoenix
While I applaud Rory on winning his first major, has everyone really forgotten Tiger that quickly (Rory's World, June 27)? Tiger has made the biggest impact on any major sport since Babe Ruth turned baseball into our national pastime. PGA Tour prize money, endorsement dollars and TV ratings all skyrocketed because Tiger brought excitement and passion to a stale and elitist sport. It's a shame that people now try to disparage his legacy because of a few mistakes.
Willow Park, Texas
I want to thank Rory for giving golf fans a fresh, new face on the PGA Tour and for one of the most awesome U.S. Open performances in recent memory. I was also happy to see the media finally acknowledge that there is great hope for the future of golf.
Dave Ornauer, Okinawa, Japan
When I first looked at Peter Read Miller's photo of Michael Phelps in the water (LEADING OFF, June 27), I wondered why you were running a picture of a man caught between two giraffes. It took me a few minutes to figure out that it was actually a picture of Phelps in the midst of his backstroke. The giraffe resemblance is truly amazing.
Thomas C. Duddy