Lingmerth steps into starring role at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio – On Saturday Tiger Woods needed 85 strokes to round Muirfield Village, his highest card on Tour in 1,158 career rounds, and Phil Mickelson was only slightly better with a 78.

A week ago, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy opened his week with an 80 at the Irish Open.

It has been, in historically relevant terms, a seismic shift in professional golf’s paradigm of influence the last few days, but before the cats and dogs start moving into a shared walk-up together it’s worth revisiting the concept that parity is the new predictability on the game’s top shelf.

McIlroy is still the undisputed alpha male, Mickelson has shown signs of late life in recent starts with his runner-up showing at the Masters and a tie for fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship, and Woods . . . well, let’s just say he certainly seems committed to the process.

But the days of prolonged dominance appear to be on an indefinite hiatus. Chalk doesn’t do it anymore like it did when Woods was in his prime and winning 33 percent of his Tour starts like he did when he was with Hank Haney. Now, the house has the advantage.

No? How many of you took the prop bet that a rookie named Zac Blair would lap Woods by 15 strokes in Round 3 at the Memorial?

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 08 Jun 2015 14:00:41



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