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Rory McIlroy, in British Open victory, offers sense of history in the making

Rory McIlroy has already separated himself from the heat-wave players of his own generation, and it’s not because of his hot sleeves and pink spikes. The brilliance and audience magnetism that others strive for with their candy-colored club shafts and fluorescent shirts, McIlroy comes by easily. The golf audience long has sensed something apart about McIlroy, some elevated potential, and with his victory in the British Open, he affirmed it. The next great is crowned. He is the Boy King.

McIlroy puts distance between him, field atop British Open leaderboard

HOYLAKE, England — His gait, on days like this, is unmistakable, even from a par-5 away. When Rory McIlroy is playing his best golf — and his best golf is about the best golf on the planet right now — he carries himself as the best golfer in the world. His chest is out, his head upright, his gaze forward and the ground beneath his feet seems to bounce him upward. He is in command of everything around him, and he wants every single person who glances his way to know it.