The Links: Rory McIlroy carries the burden of being No. 1

Can Rory McIlroy handle the burden of being No. 1? (Getty Images)
Can Rory McIlroy handle the burden of being No. 1? (Getty Images)

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Fantastic post here about what it takes mentally to stay No. 1:

Attaining No. 1 is mostly about talent and drive. McIlroy has the former in abundance and -- despite a proclivity for streakiness -- enough of the latter. But what separates those who make a quick stop at the pinnacle and those who stay longer is the unremitting focus it takes to keep beating everyone. (GolfDigest)

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Great access here and superb writing on what it's like to be Phil Mickelson. (

According to Phil Mickelson, No. 14 at Augusta might see more hole-outs. (Golf Channel)

Steve Stricker helped Tiger Woods with his putting on Wednesday. (GolfDigest)

Tiger Woods has been as good since Doral last year as he was in his prime. (Golfweek)

Good stuff in here with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson talking about Doral. (Golf Channel)

Michael Thompson's swing coach is intense. She's the same woman who the other day said Tiger Woods "lost his soul." (Geoff Shackelford)

Is Bubba Watson back?! (Golfweek)

Matt Kuchar has never finished worse than eighth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. (Golfweek)

Rory McIlroy personifies everything Tiger Woods does not. (Golf Channel)

Bob Harig says Rory McIlroy aced his test. I agree. (ESPN)

Sean Foley talks about Tiger Woods' swing. (Golf Channel)


Well this is pretty awesome: one-legged cancer sufferer aces No. 5 at St. Andrews. (Geoff Shackelford)

Tiger Woods will probably play Dubai in 2014. (ESPN)


Tim Clark and Adam Scott with some strong words here on the proposed anchored putter ban. (Geoff Shackelford)

No Crooked Stick in 2019 for the PGA Championship. (Geoff Shackelford)

A $320 golf polo. (GolfDigest)

The best classic courses. (Golfweek)

How to ditch work to play golf. (Golf Stinks)


Martin Kaufmann says Jimmy Roberts' new show is good. (Golfweek)



Sweet. Happy birthday, Ben.

This is why I love Phil:

Craig Parry's crazy signature shot from Doral.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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