2020 Masters Choose Your Own Adventure, Rory McIlroy vs. Brooks Koepka: Defying the Odds


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images. Pictured: Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy

He overcomes the injury.

Let’s get this straight right now, you keep thinking: Koepka winning the Masters on an injured knee is not even close to the equivalent of what Tiger did at Torrey Pines a dozen years ago. Not even close.

But damn, that was some portrait of triumph.

All of the Monday morning talk shows will try to make the lazy comparison between Koepka and Woods, each of them winning major championships while far from 100% physically. You get it. Hell, you just watched Koepka, in visible pain, grit out his fifth major title, even arguing with strangers over the severity of his injury. You’re the last one who’s going to downplay his fortitude under duress.

You witnessed him go from slight limp to full-on hobble to dragging his left leg around the golf course, so you know exactly what he was dealing with.

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It was amazing to watch in person. Koepka insists he’s more athlete than golfer, after all, and this performance didn’t do anything to dissuade the masses.

“I just had to dig deep,” you hear him say during the outdoor ceremony on the practice green, his shoulders draped in the green jacket. That’s one for the Cliché Hall of Fame, but really, in the moment, it’s hard to blame him.

In fact, watching him walk off that green, you decide we shouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him play again for the remainder of the year. Just like Tiger did back in 2008.

We shouldn’t compare these two performances, but hey, you’ll admit there were at least a few similarities.

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