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McDowell calls Rory best he's ever seen

U.S. Open
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GIRONA, SPAIN - APRIL 29: Pablo Larrazabbal of Spain poses during the Pro-am of the Open de Espana at the PGA Golf Catalunya on April 29, 2009 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)  - 

BETHESDA, Md. – Rory McIlroy is on the verge of winning his first major championship. The guy who won the 2010 U.S. Open thinks the guy who is going to win the 2011 crown is better than anyone in the world. Right now.

“He’s the best player I’ve ever seen,” Graeme McDowell said. “I didn’t have a chance to play with Tiger when he was in his real pump, and this guy is the best I’ve ever seen, simple as that. He’s great for golf. He’s a breath of fresh air for the game and perhaps we’re ready for golf’s next superstar and maybe Rory is it.”

McDowell made a valiant effort in defense of his championship, shooting 70-74-69-69 for a 2-under 282 total.

What makes McIlroy so good?

“He’s the best drive of the golf ball I’ve ever seen,” McDowell said. “His iron play is aggressive. He’s got a great ball flight and he’s got a great touch around the greens. His putting has been the only question mark and his little bit of perhaps, how do you call it, lack of being able to close to this point. Those are the only two parts of his game that have been in questions. He’s putting all the question marks to rest this week.”