Ranking the last 10 majors
From the 2012 US Open to the 2013 British Open, here are the best
Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, and Rickie Fowler gave us a tremendous show all weekend from Hoylake that easily doubled as the best major of 2014.
That wasn't a difficult achievement considering the rout at Augusta and the even bigger one at Pinehurst just over a month ago.
But what if we extend those parameters out over the last 10 majors. How would they be ranked in order from worst to best?
I used some pseudo-algorithm that included how dramatic an event was (the more dramatic the better), how star-studded the leaderboard was (Todd Hamiltons not invited), and how elite the venue was (Hoylake is middle of the road).
With all that in mind, here's a look at my power rankings for the last 10 major championships.
10. 2012 US Open: This was Jim Furyk's Waterloo and there's nothing great about that. The best thing to emerge from this tournament was this fella:
9. 2013 PGA Championship: Another Jim Furyk moment but at least he just got beat this time and didn't hand it to someone else. Also, Jason Dufner's 63 on Friday was a genuinely great moment.
8. 2012 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy's second of (now) three majors. The closest anyone came to McIlroy on the back nine on Sunday was when Ian Poulter pulled to within three with five holes left. He played those last five holes in 4 over. So...yeah.
7. 2014 US Open: I'm likely alone in this but I enjoyed Martin Kaymer's Picasso. No, the drama wasn't great but often the drama in a US Open is the ugly "don't make a triple bogey" kind anyway so it was a thrill to watch Kaymer dominate a classic American course.
6. 2012 British Open: I do wonder if we'll look back at this tournament as the moment when Adam Scott figured out how much he needed in him to win a major. Maybe that's making a final-round meltdown too complex but he did win the Masters just nine months later.
5. 2014 Masters: This had all-time potential with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth staring down a former Masters champion (Bubba Watson) but The Kid faded down the stretch and Bubba started picking lines with his driver that 1997 Tiger Woods thought were questionable.
And he kept hitting them.
4. 2014 British Open: Ryan Balangee mentioned it on Twitter but this was shades of the 1999 PGA Championship, wasn't it?
Hopefully I'm not alone in sensing plenty of parallels between the '14 Open and '99 PGA— Ryan Ballengee (@RyanBallengee) July 20, 2014
You had the prodigy (Rory/Tiger) defeating the Spaniard (Sergio/Sergio) with a ton of monster names (Fowler, Scott, Furyk/Montgomerie, Price, Cink) all chasing.
Also, that was Woods second major at age 24, this is McIlroy's third at age 25.
3. 2013 Masters: I'll put this three-hole ending against any of the last decade. Which was great because the rest of the tournament wasn't that great. This is how weighted the end of tournaments at great courses are, though. Especially with star power involved.
I'll never forget Scott's "Come on, Aussie!" fist pump either.
2. 2013 US Open: This was a wicked test but the names on the leaderboard (Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Jason Day, and Justin Rose) more than made up for how few birdies were made.
And that 4-iron Rose hit at No. 18 is probably the best final-round long iron at 18 we've seen by a winner on this entire list. I loved me some Merion.
1. 2013 British Open: The only bad part about last year's Open is that it didn't go until the end.
Mickelson sucked the air out of the thing with an hour left to play but for him to shoot his greatest round on a course like Muirfield with Tiger, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, and Henrik Stenson chasing, that was incredible.
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