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McIlroy runs away with U.S. Open

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unbelievable - such a great ambassador for the sport

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Japan totes Ishikawa as a huge star, yet he can't top 30th on an EASY U.S. Open course?

I wonder just how good he actually is(n't). I like the kid and wish him success, but... where is it?

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So great to see McIlroy win! Very happy for him. I hope he wins much more, he seems a great fit for a people's champion.

Japan totes Ishikawa as a huge star, yet he can't top 30th on an EASY U.S. Open course?

Are you serious? He beat some great, world class players. He's 19, finished 30th here, 20th at the Masters, 27th at the British Open last year (at age 18). Here's some players he beat this week: Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington... He IS a huge star. His results in world majors are much better than other golfers his age.

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I played with him a few times back in the day. Quite good he was.

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on an EASY U.S. Open course?

Are you serious? Congressional is easy? What planet do you live on? McIlroy played some astonishing golf to make it look easier than it is. Ask Phil Mickelson, Harrington, Ernie Els etc if they Congressional is easy.

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Smorkian: " He's 19, finished 30th here, 20th at the Masters, 27th at the British Open last year (at age 18)."

And what did he finish again in the last US tournament? 106th out of 109? He is a good golfer, and has the potential to become even better, but he really needs to back off a bit, study, and produce results like McIlroy, only 3 years his senior. The former doesn't seem to be progressing much, and in fact seemed a lot more solid when he debuted a couple years back and become the youngest money leader. I hope he CAN come back to the front even in international tournaments and make the game all the more competitive and fun.

Congrats to McIlroy; he really deserved this one with how he played the last couple of days. He was confident he wouldn't blow his lead this time and he did not. He in fact did very well in keeping it. Awesome golfer and only 22!

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And what did he finish again in the last US tournament? 106th out of 109? He is a good golfer, and has the potential to become even better, but he really needs to back off a bit, study, and produce results like McIlroy, only 3 years his senior.

McIlroy - what a great example to illustrate my point! Go compare his results at age 19 to Ishikawa and get back to me.

I'll do it for you, actually: McIlroy - no professional wins on any tour, didn't even play in a major. Ishikawa - 10 professional wins, the results I listed above. Just think what Ishikawa COULD be in a few more years if Rory is a guide!

And if you are going to criticize Ishikawa for finishing 106th a few weeks ago, McIlroy himself finished 116th at the Wells Fargo just a few weeks ago, too!

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This year's course was easier than in years past, which is what I was referring to.

I just worry about whether or not Ishikawa can perform in major/international tournaments. He hasn't finished any higher than 20th place and that worries me a bit. I want him to succeed.

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Sorry NyahK - I misinterpreted your post. The good conditions made Congressional easier than past US Open's, but it still wasn't easy. That is point I was trying to make.

And well said Smorkian! I was just typing a response similar to yours when yours popped up. I really dislike the way certain posters act like gutter tabloid journalists when say they want Ishikawa to do well, but can't wait to hammer him if he doesn't.

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McIlroy was simply outstanding, and Ishikawa certainly had another solid performance, as Smorkian and others point out. However, in fairness, Smorkian, comparing their careers and wins is somewhat comparing apples and oranges, since McIlroy has been competing principally on the European PGA tour, while Ishikawa principally plays in Japan. IMO, Ishikawa will not become world-class so long as he continues to play the shorter, less-demanding courses on the Japan tour, and challenges himself to step up in class -- either in Europe or the U.S. The question is whether he has the desire, drive and flexibility with his sponsors to do that. Also would like to note how much the U.S. crowds cheered for McIlroy. He himself said that it was like playing at home, and one of the reasons he loves the U.S. Those were true golf fans.

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