McIlroy's win was historic, but hold off on the comparisons to Tiger

Tiger Woods had his worst finish at a British Open since 2009, when he missed the cut. (REUTERS)

Tiger Woods had his worst finish at a British Open since 2009, when he missed the cut. (REUTERS)

Jon McCarthy , Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

Rory McIlroy joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in the history books on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Irishman became the third youngest golfer in the Masters era to win three majors. Nicklaus did it at 23. Woods did it at 24.

McIlroy has entered rarefied air.

Expect to begin hearing about his potential chase of Nicklaus’ major record. You’ll read about it in magazines. Close them. You’ll see it on TV. Turn it off. You’ll hear it on the radio. Change the station.

It’s too early.

Is it impossible to imagine McIlroy passing Nicklaus? No. But at this point it’s about as likely as you and your weekend golf buddies making 19 hole-in-ones.

Besides, something even more interesting could develop over the next decade.

As Woods creeps close to 40, he may find himself in an interesting position. The Tiger who has spent his entire life on the chase, might find himself being chased.

Woods might be the only golfer who has spent his entire career in a ba


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