US Open Golf 2011: Rory McIlroy Dominates Field, Is He Tiger Woods' Successor?

James EvensCorrespondent IJune 19, 2011

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Tiger Woods (L) and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wait in a fairway during the Memorial Skins Game prior to the start of the 2010 Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2010 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy is having one of the most dominating performances of all time at the US Open. He is charging through the field like no other has.

His swing is perfect right now, and he is playing like a true champion, but is he Tiger's successor?

Rory has proven this week, that no one is even near his level right now. If he can close out the field, and finish the job that he has done so well, it will go down as one of the greatest performances in golf.

Any golf follower out there, should be thinking about all the similarities to Tiger Woods that is in Rory. 

With McIlroy dominating every facets of Congressional, it is opening up a lot of questions as to whether or not he is the next big thing on tour.

The answer, however, is a tough one to come by.

One great performance doesn't make you Tiger Woods, it makes you like Tiger Woods, on a single day. 

Sure, this performance is one that will go down in history forever win or lose, but it does not give anyone the right to say that McIlroy will be the greatest golf the world has ever seen.

It is just a glimpse of what could come if McIlroy stays on his game and continues to swing as well as he is swinging and scoring as well as he is scoring.

One thing is for sure though, this performance is making Tiger antsy.

He is slowing down in looking to catch Jack on the all time majors list, and he is currently watching the US Open in his living room.

As he watches his records being broken that competitive spirit has to make him want to beat him, and beat him bad to prove that he is the best and still the best.

Expect, this performance to really spark a fire under Tiger, as well as show that McIlroy is here to stay as one of the world's greatest golfer, and could prove to be one of the best ever, if he keeps performing like he has this weekend. 

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