McDowell doubts Rory dominance

  • Last Updated: July 21 2014, 13:35 BST

Graeme McDowell does not believe Rory McIlroy will go on to dominate golf following his Open success at Royal Liverpool.

Graeme McDowell in action at Hoylake
Graeme McDowell in action at Hoylake

McIlroy's two shot-win over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on Sunday made him just the third player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to have won three majors before turning 26.

However, McDowell feels the talented new generation in the game will make it impossible for his fellow Northern Irishman to match Woods at his prime, the former world No 1 winning seven of his 14 major titles between August 1999 and June 2002.

"I don't think we'll ever see the dominance of Tiger Woods in the late '90s, early 2000s. I don't think we're ever going to see that again," said McDowell, who was one of 15 different winners of the 16 majors played between 2009 and 2012.

"For every Rory there's an Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia and a Tiger and a Phil (Mickelson). There's too many good players now. It's so deep. It's so strong. Everyone is so good.

"I don't think we're going to see that dominance again for a while unless somebody comes out who has perfected the imperfectable. I think these guys, the best players in the world, are playing pretty close to as good as you can play, really. This game is hard.

"You can't play much better than Rory is hitting the ball. That's as good as it gets. Unfortunately you can't hole every putt, or else you'd be shooting 58 every day. It's just not happening."

Phil Mickelson, who McIlroy succeeded as Open champion, agreed with McDowell's assessment, adding: "We used to say there will never be another Nicklaus, and then along came Tiger. You never want to discount the possibility of someone coming along and dominating.

"But nobody has really asserted themselves week in and week out the way Tiger did for such a long period of time.

“We'll have great performances, like Rory this week. Like Martin Kaymer at the US Open and so forth. But it's very hard to do that week in and week out the way Tiger did. That's why it was so impressive what he did."