The 2014 British Open is in the books which means it's never too early to look ahead to...the 2014 PGA Championship, right?
Nope, we're skipping Kiawah and going straight to the 2015 Masters where all eyes will beon Rory McIlroy trying to do what only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, and Ben Hogan have ever done.
That is, complete the modern day career grand slam.
Both Opens, the PGA Championship, and the grandest one of them all: the Masters.
McIlroy has come close before. He led after 63 holes in 2011 before famously melting down late on Sunday. He led on the 10th tee that year by one and proceeded to shoot a 43 over the next nine holes.
His best finish ever -- and only top 10 -- was actually this season when he put home a backdoor tie for eighth. If it wasn't for a grotesque second-round 77 he might have actually won the thing.
Still, most think he and his crazy-good draw will eventually wear green there.
Phil on idea of Rory getting third leg of career Grand Slam: Masters would be left "and that definitely will happen and probably soon.''— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) July 20, 2014
Phil would know.
The hype will be real, too. That'll be Tiger Woods' first Masters in, at that point, two years, Rory's quest for the career slam, Phil will be in the mix. Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson will be trying to follow up their 2014 magic.
I cannot wait.