Golf needed a Rory McIlroy.
It needed a feel good moment. A comeback story. Someone to root for.
Someone young and refreshing, who could breathe new life into a sport that had gone stale since its last young superstar melted down off the course.
Fortunately for McIlroy, and his sport, his epic meltdown came on the course just a couple months earlier, and that Augusta-sized collapse was the inspiration for Sundayâ€™s runaway U.S. Open championship.
And it was fitting that McIlroyâ€™s wire-to-wire finish was the first at the U.S. Open since Tiger Woods did so in 2002. He also became the youngest winner of a major since, you guessed it, Woods.