Rory McIlroy won't ever draw like Tiger Woods.

He's not fascinating enough of a figure. He isn't rare enough to draw casual and non-golf fans. He doesn't have the demonstrative personality. He isn't a magnet for controversy (though that can change). He isn't American.

Still, McIlroy is great for golf. After winning the PGA Championship on Sunday for his fourth major, in dramatic fashion, he's the talk of the sport. He's being propped up as the next king of golf. He's being touted as having the most realistic shot at Jack Nicklaus' majors record of 18.

McIlroy has made golf relevant again, helping fill the gap created by Woods' injuries.

Plus, McIlroy's combination of talent and competitiveness puts him on the brink of something incredible every time he takes the course. His history of collapsing makes him all the more riveting.

But what if McIlroy's dominance prompts a Woods resurgence?

You know Woods is watching the sporting public fawn over McIlroy -- while writing off Woods.

If anything can get him on his A game, maybe it's the legitimacy of McIlroy. Woods has always seemed to hit another level when another guy is propped up next to him. Imagine if McIlroy could be an earnest rival for Woods with staying power David Duval and Sergio Garcia couldn't muster.


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Provided Woods' body can rebound, or he can revamp his game to accommodate his propensity for injury, nothing would be better for golf than having Woods come back to take what's his from McIlroy. Because you know McIlroy is game for that fight.

  • Greg Oden was charged with punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. This is his first offense, and he reportedly responded to the charges by saying he was wrong.

    He's an NBA free agent who, at best, is a third-string center, so who knows if he'll be signed by a team. But if he is, he has a suspension coming.

    Judging by NBA commissioner Adam Silver's penchant for seizing opportunities to make a statement, Oden will get hit hard -- and make the NFL's two-game suspension of Ray Rice seem like even more of a joke.

  • It wouldn't make sense to read too much into the performance from Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub in the exhibition opener. Still, worry is in order.

    More than this season is riding on Schaub. The Raiders need him to be productive to have a chance at a decent season. Judging by Friday's showing at Minnesota, he has a ways to go.

    But most important, Schaub needs to play well enough to keep rookie Derek Carr off the field.

    The Raiders' plan is a good one: Schaub mans the throne while Carr is groomed for the position. The rookie is the future but needs some polish. And there are plenty of examples of talented quarterbacks being thrown into the fire too soon.

    Let Carr learn the ropes. Let him get coached, learn with a headset and take over when the Raiders are really ready to be factors.

    But the plan works only if Schaub stays healthy and plays well enough to justify patience. If not, coach Dennis Allen might not be able to resist the outcry of Raider Nation for Carr.

    "It's not really part of the plan right now," Allen said of giving Carr first-team reps. "We'll evaluate everything as we move along, but the plan is to work Matt Schaub as the starting quarterback."

  • Mo'Ne Davis, a too-cute 13-year-old girl with braids and a fastball clocking 70 mph, has stolen the show heading into the Little League World Series, which starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Her shutout vaulted the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia into the elite of American teams.

    In an interview, she challenged Cy Young Award favorite Clayton Kershaw to a pitch-off. She might get her chance, as Giants G.M. Brian Sabean is still in need of starting pitching.

  • So, Aldon Smith is looking exceptional. If you believe Jim Harbaugh.

    "Yeah he's taken his game to the highest level," the 49ers coach said Monday. "His play has been outstanding. I think if you talk to anybody here, he's at the highest level of that position."

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said tackle Joe Staley acknowledged during a huddle that he didn't know how to attack Smith. Staley was hoping to just "slow him down."

    "He's a freak of nature out there," Kaepernick said. "You can't really block him. ... He's in great shape, and he's been playing well."

    That should come in handy when he makes his season debut in Week 7.

  • Florida State held a Twitter Q&A for Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Geniuses.

    Mother Teresa would have gotten a hard time from trollers on Twitter. Winston, who was caught stealing crab legs and accused (and cleared) of rape, didn't stand a chance. #AskJameis was a disaster for Florida State, hilarious for everyone else.

    The winning question came from @whduncan: "Lemon butter or garlic butter?"

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