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Rory McIlroy shows true colors after poor British Open: A fan’s opinion
Rory McIlroy became the hottest prospect in the PGA after his record-setting win at the U.S. Open this June. I hadn't been this excited about a golfer's first win at a major since Jim Furyk won the U.S. Open in 2003. McIlroy's near perfect win lent major credence that he wasn't going to be a one-hit wonder as far as major championships are concerned.
As every golf fan in the world took notice, I could see he was going to be a fan favorite. Rory didn't rack up the amateur credentials like Tiger Woods as a teenager, but a prodigy like Woods is a very rare player indeed. Today's PGA just needs a poster boy who can consistently contend, and McIlroy seemed more than adequate. Even though I generally pull for the field as opposed to single players in the PGA, I couldn't help but find myself rooting for Rory McIlroy going into the British Open.
The horrible weather made itself known throughout by keeping the majority of the leaderboard in positive digits. By the end of the Open, McIlroy's rising star had faltered among the casual viewers who hoped he would go on to win the next 10 majors. He finished in a tie for 22, at 7-over-par. Anyone who plays golf would find it commendable for a player to finish at +7 in horrible conditions, but Rory had to bring the subject to light.
McIlroy stated, "My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I don't enjoy playing in really. That's the bottom line. I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind."
Who wouldn't rather play in tropical windless weather? Even though some of McIlroy's play was subject to slightly harsher conditions than players who started earlier, all the golfers played in bad weather. He wasn't at an unfair advantage, and in an outdoor sport you must prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Quotes such as, "I'm not a fan of golf tournaments that are predicted so much by the weather," and, "It's either that or just wait for a year when the weather is nice," make Rory look like a sore loser. It has always been a sign of inexperience when a worker of any sort cannot adjust to circumstances. It can be argued that the best golfer is the one who wins in idea conditions, but there is a lot to be said for the man who can win in torrential wind and rain.
McIlroy would have done better to shoulder the blame for his performance. The PGA isn't as discriminate against weather as country club golfers, so Rory may want to set up a "poor weather training camp." Leaving your performance up to the weatherman isn't a sign of greatness, it's a sign of a spoiled child who had his head blown up by a starving sports media that terribly over-hyped him. I can forgive a poor performance, but a poor attitude is hard to overcome.
Adam has been an avid golfer and golf spectator since competing on his high school golf team.
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