When you shoot 63, as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, 21, did today in the opening round of The Open Championship at St. Andrews, experts trip over themselves waxing about your potential. Everyone was quite happy to point out that McIlroy shot three times his age. But, be forewarned Rory, golf is more fickle than any other sport. The stark reminder comes when looking at the first-round Open Championship leaderboard. Two-time major champion John Daly shot an opening-round 66. Great for John. And Ian Baker-Finch, the 1991 Open Champion, is nowhere to be found. That’s because he’s not in the field. And that’s one of the saddest stories in golf. (more…)
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