They don't make golfers more tantalizing, or frustrating, than young Rory McIlroy.
Two major championships by age 23, the most buttery of golf swings, a humble, grounded, approachable persona – heck, even throw in the appeal of the soft Northern Irish accent – make him about as easy a player to root for since "Champagne" Tony Lema roamed the fairways.
And yet, there is a tragic side to McIlroy's game, even at this tender age. You mix the tragedy with the many bursts of glory, and you have the recipe for McIlroy Madness.
The 2011 Masters, in which he turned a four-shot, 54-hole lead and a certain coronation into a final-round 80 (the worst score ever posted by a player leading a major after 54 holes), showed us that side of him. But we forgot about it because of how he bounced back two months later at the 2011 U.S. Open, an eight-stroke victory that called to mind a young Tiger Woods. And that he did it again, thumping the 2012 PGA Championship field by eight strokes at Kiawah? The kidRead More »from Collapse extends Rory McIlroy's PGA winless streak