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James Lawton: Boy who died at Augusta is reborn as new George Best

Published 21/06/2011 | 05:00

There was always going to be an unswervable point of reference in all the beauty and the brilliance of Rory McIlroy's triumph.

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It was, of course, Tiger Woods -- a softer, more agreeable version, perhaps, but still a superb example of what can happen when wholly original talent is shaped by a most formidable will.

Yet if the linking of the achievements of a 21-year-old Woods, who ransacked the 1997 US Masters, and the record-shattering mark established by McIlroy at 22, in the most challenging of the majors, the US Open, at the Congressional Country Club, creates the possibility of one of sport's great dramas over the next few years, for some there must be another comparison running back much further in the sports blood of Northern Ireland.

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