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Commentary: The rise of Rory — As Woods struggles, McIlroy poised to take over as golf’s next dominant player

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s been 18 years since a skinny Tiger Woods stepped up to a podium before a modest media gathering at the Greater Milwaukee Open and said, “Hello, world,” launching a career that would soar to stratospheric heights.

Almost from the time he started winning, which was right away, the golf world has been trying to anoint the next Tiger. To be sure, Woods has had some worthy adversaries — Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and David Duval, to name a few.

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