'Impressive', 'Phenomenal' - What they said about Rory
PHIL MICKELSON – the defending Open champion, tied 23rd:
"Winning three legs of a career Grand Slam at age 25 is pretty impressive, especially given that the one he's missing is the Masters. You know, with his length and how well he plays that golf course, that definitely will happen, probably soon. It just shows he's such a complete player at such a young age."
ADAM SCOTT – World No 1 and tied fifth:
"When Rory's in rhythm he's phenomenal. He doesn't have weaknesses and he has more strengths than most anyone else. When he's in rhythm, you'll see him shoot low numbers all the time. And this course was receptive for him for a couple of days, which set him up for the position that he's in now. On Saturday, he finished like a champion to pretty much take a little bit of heat off him, though it probably was tough out there for him today."
RICKIE FOWLER – Played with McIlroy in final group and tied second:
"I really don't have any doubt that Rory will win at Augusta and complete a career Grand Slam. Definitely it fits his game. It's hard to say that there's any course that doesn't suit him when he's on his game. I've seen him play very well there. It's just a matter of time, though it'd be nice if I can get one before he does."
TIGER WOODS – Won at Hoylake in 2006 and tied 69th:
"The way Rory plays is pretty aggressive. When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It's one or the other. If you look at his results, he's kind of that way. Very similar to what Phil does. He has his hot weeks and he has his weeks where he's off. And that's just the nature of how he plays the game. There's no right way or wrong way. It's just the nature of how he plays."
GRAEME McDOWELL – 2010 US Open Champion and tied 10th:
"They just asked me in there what my emotions are for Rory as I watched him walk to the 16th tee. I used the word 'jealous'. What I really meant was 'envious', because I'd love to walk down the 18th fairway with an opportunity to win the Claret Jug. I've a huge amount of appreciation for what he's doing, respect for what he is in the game and how good he is for golf. So I'm envious and respectful and appreciative of the curly-haired kid. Great stuff."
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