Rory, Jack, & Tiger: A Comparison

20 July 2014, Posted by , , , 1

With his victory at The Open Championship on Sunday, Rory McIlroy entered elite company, becoming just the third man in PGA history to record victories at three of the four Majors championship by the age of 25.

The other two? Jack Nickalus, who has 18 Majors all-time, and Tiger Woods, who has 14.

The company is monumental, but so too is McIlroy’s effort, particularly considering many critics believed he was but a “flash in the pan” when he followed his two Major wins in 2011-2012 with a series of struggles, gaffes and what some believed rather petulant behavior.

The victory Sunday at Hoylake however, is something akin to a wake-up call, perhaps both to the critics and to McIlroy himself, of how very young he still is, and how immensely talented as well.

Here’s a quick look at how McIlroy, Woods and Nickalus all accomplished the feat of three Major wins by 25.


Golfer 21 22 23 24 25
Nickalus Pro Debut Won US Open Won Masters & PGA No Majors Won Masters
Woods Won  Masters No Majors Won PGA Won US Open, British Open & PGA Won Masters
McIlroy No Majors Won US Open Won PGA No Majors Won British Open
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  • Mike Slevin

    Masters by 21, wow.