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Plenty of Dads are Rooting for McIlroy to Come Back to the Field

If you understood what the headline was referencing without having to look it up or read into this article, congrats,it means you're tuned in to the world of golf.  And though this isn't a Tampa Bay story, the U.S. Open being staged at Congressional will impact many Tampa Bay dads this Sunday.  Father's Day is less than 24 hours away and as I've come to find, a lot of sons and fathers gather around the T.V. every year to watch the final round of the U.S. Open to celebrate the joys of being a dad.

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It's an event that takes place the same time every year and offers a chance for families to enjoy each other's company while watching some of the world's best perform their craft.  There's been some memorable moments over the year, from Tiger winning on a broken leg to Payne Stewart holing a clutch putt and embracing soon-to-be father Phil Mickelson and telling him (and the world) "there's nothing like being a father." 

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As some of us prepare to watch the final round tomorrow, I hope you'll excuse me for rooting against McIlroy just a little bit.  If he gives up a few shots from his current 6 shot lead, it may make the U.S. Open more interesting, drawing a few more fans to the game of golf, and a few more sons and dads closer together.  It's nothing personal Rory, we're just hoping to have a close finish tomorrow.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.