There are stories of heroes that deserve another end like that of Rory McIlroy in the British Open. A blow separated the local figure from passing the cut and provoking a fabulous earthquake in Portrush, the field that his father brought him as a gift when he turned 10 years old. He made the return of the day, along with the South African Harding, 65 shots and his was all the magnetism of Friday. The bleachers of 18 gave him a standing ovation and he reciprocated the greetings. One by one he greeted all the volunteers. A wonderful gesture of a champion of a piece.

The collapse on Thursday, when he signed 79 strokes, eight over par, was a slab he could not save. For a single blow. Which could have saved on Thursday with the silly tie on the 16th hole from less than half a meter. His goodbye was not the only purple that lost the tournament. For the first time in 83 grand, the cut took both Tiger and Mickelson, the rivalry on which the sport was mounted for more than 15 years.