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Culture shocked

Kudos to Rory McIllroy for winning the British Open wire-to-wire today at Royal Liverpool, giving him two-thirds of a career Grand Slam and making him the youngest golfer to win three majors since Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Somewhere native Liverpudlian George Harrison is no doubt applauding. Even if McIllroy doesn't know who he is.

Shamefully, McIllroy -- a native of the British Isles, for pity's sake -- came up empty when asked to name the Beatles last week. He got John, Paul and Ringo. But George became "George Lucas."

George Lucas. Good grief.

I supposed Rory can take solace in the fact that at least he's not Bubba Watson. Poor Bubba, a good ol' southern boy from Florida, couldn't name a single Beatle.

Rumor is he did know who Dale Earnhardt was, however.

Ben Smith's blog.