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Here’s why one Major Winner Believes Rory McIlroy has already Peaked

If Rory McIlroy were to retire today, he’d be considered one of the greatest players of his generation. With four major championships, 28 wins worldwide and more than $50 million in career earnings, there are few golfers in history whose body of work surpasses McIlroy’s.

But even with this world-class resume, questions linger about unfulfilled potential, especially in the majors. McIlroy’s 22 top 10s in golf’s four biggest events is a huge achievement, but when coupled with context, that number loses some luster.

The Masters might be the best example of McIlroy’s top-10 Houdini act, as he’s finished worse than 10th only once in the last seven years in pursuit of the career Grand Slam — while never being in serious Sunday-afternoon contention in any of them.

McIlroy’s Sunday struggles, in particular, have been puzzling. In the 2019-20 season, McIlroy’s overall scoring average of 69.219 was fourth-best on Tour. But his final-round scoring average of 71 ranked 150th. Hard to figure.

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