Brewers Slide Continues, McIlroy Becomes 3rd Youngest to Win 3rd Major

Coming out of the All-Star break, the Milwaukee Brewers were hoping to turn around their July skid. Things looked good after a 4-2 win Friday night over the Nationals. However, they dropped the final two in Washington and actually dropped out of 1st place until St. Louis lost later Sunday. The Brew Crew have lost 12 of their 15 games since July 1st. The Brewers, having had a sizable lead for much of the season, now are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals, and lead Pittsburgh, who just swept Colorado, by 1.5 games and Cincinatti by only 2.5 games. Ron Roenicke’s squad opens a 3-game series versus the Reds tonight in what has become a huge homestand. The Brewers need to regain some momentum and could do that by winning the series against Cincy, and by winning 3 of 4, or sweeping the series, against the NY Mets in the last part of the homestand.

The problems seem to be relatively minor, but minor mistakes in close games can cost you division championships and a chance at the playoffs. Manager Ron Roenicke was not happy after the most recent loss, a 5-4 setback to the Nationals after the Brewers were able to tie the game in the 9th inning. It comes down to mental mistakes. Rickie Weeks’ was thrown out at 2nd on the back-end of a double-steal with Carlos Gomez. In the bottom of the inning and a runner on 1st, leftfielder Khris Davis overthrew the cutoff man allowing Anthony Rendon to score the winning run with 2 outs. Obviously the manager isn’t happy, but the fans have to be on edge as well. One thing to be positive about, the Brewers are still on top of the division. However, there is a log-jam in the division AND the wild card race. Every game is important and Milwaukee needs to tighten things up.

Rory 3rd youngest to 3 Majors

I was listening to a prominent local radio host in the Twin Cities and the discussion was about Tiger Woods and the lack of talent filling the void while he’s been off his game. The argument was that this allowed Tiger a chance to still win major championships despite not playing the best golf of his career. It looks like Rory, along with a slew of other young players, have no fear of Tiger and have plenty of toughness to win majors for years to come. Rory led from start to finish and looked dominant at times, despite a shaky finish to become the 3rd youngest player to win 3 majors. The other two? Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. That’s pretty elite company for McIlroy, winner of the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship,  and now the 2014 Open Championship.

It’s obvious he’s going to fill the void, but he won’t be doing it alone. Players like Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and many others will continue to create compelling and exciting golf tournaments. Tiger’s run is over. No matter if you were a fan or not, that’s the truth. McIlroy, 25, is here to stay and he’ll be winning tournaments for many years. The question used to be “Will Tiger catch Jack in majors?” I’d argue the more relevant question is “Will Rory catch Tiger?”.

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