Presumptuous maybe, but the potential was there.
The 100th PGA Championship will take place at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis this week with a handful of players vying for their first and second major titles, as well as Tiger Woods gunning for major No. 15 once again.
Since returning to full-time competition earlier this year at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, Woods has gone from No. 666th in the world to No. 51.
Even Woods will have to re-learn have to win Majors and McIlroy is nothing but impressed by the 14-time Major winner's recovery from injury. Bellerive is also one of the few sites to host the U.S. Open, the PGA, the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior PGA.
Rose pulled out of last week's World Golf Championships event in OH, and has learned this week's course at Bellerive by walking it with only a wedge and putter in hand. "It's a lifelong goal".
"I don't think they're going to be the smoothest of greens we've played on, but everyone has got to play them", he said.
And then in Sunday's final round Schwartzel fired a seven-under 63‚ suddenly finding the game that was good enough to win a major seven years ago.
Grand Slam: Jordan Spieth gets his second attempt at becoming the sixth player to capture the career Grand Slam. The long drives that seemingly scraped the clouds clumped together, as if they were all trying to sneak a peek at the same tee shot. "He knew then that he was on the mend, that he was starting to feel better". And it did enter his thoughts during those frantic minutes at Birkdale, he says. He is playing the PGA Championship for the first time since 2015.
That discussion led him to open his first learning lab in Anaheim.
"I like my chances in match play, " Woods said of the format used for the Ryder Cup.
Somehow, though, the experience left Spieth more inspired than discouraged.
Does Le Golf National favor players he's scouted? He got it - the event's first amateur exemption since 1995 - and finished tied 16th. The Masters, born in the 1930s, is the youngest of the four.
"I'm taking advantage of this time to study the secrets of the greens and all the pitfalls that it can cause", he said.
The 2013 US Open champion likes what he sees of the 7,316-yard, par-70 layout.
Skinny: Mr. Reliable has plenty of team experience, but 2018 has been his worst year in almost a decade. "We still get to see weeks ahead in big tournaments", Furyk said. So I look for him to do pretty well. "He just had that look about him, just wonderful".
"I literally haven't set foot on this golf course since that week in 2001", Woods said.
He has an idiosyncratic swing that's not a powerful as some - he has been coached since he was 12 by Australian Cameron McCormick - and talks constantly to both his ball and his caddie Michael Greller, a former math teacher.
He has been on regular vacations with Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Kaufman - broadcasting their antics on social media as befits their age.
Sure, the PGA Championship is the last of the four majors to be played this year, but there's a lot more than the Wanamaker Trophy and personal legacies at stake for numerous players who'll tee it up in Thursday's opening round. "It's still a work in progress", McIlroy said. Francesco Molinari has stopped the star-spangled rot at the majors, the Dane believes Rory McIlroy is ready to go "boom", and Ian Poulter has shown flashes of form to go with his bug-eyed patriot games.
"You put yourself in position enough, it will go your way sometimes", he said at Bellerive.
The Spieth era is now.
By Sunday night Spieth could be only the sixth victor of the career slam - at the age of 25. Time will tell how great it is.