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The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Thomson, five-time Open winner and golf great, dies aged 88
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Thomson, five-time Open winner and golf great, dies aged 88
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Thomson, five-time Open winner and golf great, dies aged 88
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Thomson, five-time Open winner and golf great, dies aged 88
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Peter Thomson, five-time Open winner and golf great, dies aged 88
The five-time Open champion Peter Thomson has died aged 88. The first Australian to win the major died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, his family told PGA Australia (PGAA). Thomson had suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than four years, the body said. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest winners of the British Open Championship with a victory at Royal Birkdale in 1954. Thomson went on to win the Claret Jug a further four times over the next decade, a record only matched by the US's Tom Watson and Scotsman James Braid in the 20th century. Thomson in action circa 1970 Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography All-time record holder Harry Vardon won only one more British Open, with six victories between 1896 and 1914. Born Vale Peter Thomson on August 23 1929 in Brunswick, Victoria, he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf in 1979 and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was awarded an honorary degree from St Andrews University in 2005 alongside British stars Peter Alliss and Nick Faldo. (L-R) Thomson, Nick Faldo and Peter Alliss at St Andrews in 2005 to receive honorary degrees Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Thomson served as president of the PGAA for 32 years, during which time he also helped design and build courses in Australia and around the world. Throughout his life, he was always reluctant to compare his wins with anyone else's, saying each player was a product of their times. But he was happy to share his opinions on almost anything else. In 2009, for example, in an interview with The Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday, he offered his forthright opinions on Tiger Woods, praising his application and technique but chastising him for his attitude in what quickly proved to be prescient fashion. Thomson at the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images "He will probably win five Opens in his career before he stops, but he's up against an increasing number of young people who are matching him. He will find it harder and harder," he said. "I will add one other thing. I wish he'd smile more. He injures his image by being morose and petulant. There is also very little consideration for the fellow he is playing with. He could show more humility." He is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, his 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brandel Chamblee believes Phil Mickelson should have disqualified himself from the U.S. Open, drawing a comparison to Tiger Woods' penalty at the 2013 Masters.
Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self
Brandel Chamblee believes Phil Mickelson should have disqualified himself from the U.S. Open, drawing a comparison to Tiger Woods' penalty at the 2013 Masters.
Brandel Chamblee believes Phil Mickelson should have disqualified himself from the U.S. Open, drawing a comparison to Tiger Woods' penalty at the 2013 Masters.
Chamblee: Like Tiger in '13, Mickelson should've DQ'd self
Brandel Chamblee believes Phil Mickelson should have disqualified himself from the U.S. Open, drawing a comparison to Tiger Woods' penalty at the 2013 Masters.
Tiger Woods bombed out of the U.S. Open last week, but Curtis Strange still believes he can add to his 14 major titles.
Anything is possible with Tiger - Strange backs Woods revival despite U.S. Open misery
Tiger Woods bombed out of the U.S. Open last week, but Curtis Strange still believes he can add to his 14 major titles.
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
Is it over for Tiger and Phil?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
Is it over for Tiger and Phil?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
Is it over for Tiger and Phil?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
Is it over for Tiger and Phil?
On CBS Sports HQ, Golf analyst Kyle Porter joins Casey Keirnan to discuss if it is time to give up on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson?
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
Today in Golf History: Tiger Woods wins 2008 U.S. Open
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
Today in Golf History: Tiger Woods wins 2008 U.S. Open
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
Today in Golf History: Tiger Woods wins 2008 U.S. Open
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
Today in Golf History: Tiger Woods wins 2008 U.S. Open
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
Today in Golf History: Tiger Woods wins 2008 U.S. Open
On June 16, 2008, Tiger Woods took home his 14th major championship, the U.S. Open, which is the last major he has won to date.
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
Rory McIlroy must rediscover his 'pointy elbows' as he enters a new phase of his career
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
Rory McIlroy must rediscover his 'pointy elbows' as he enters a new phase of his career
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
Rory McIlroy must rediscover his 'pointy elbows' as he enters a new phase of his career
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
Rory McIlroy must rediscover his 'pointy elbows' as he enters a new phase of his career
For the third time in as many years, Rory McIlroy is on his sofa watching the weekend action from the US Open instead of being involved. Yet while the Ulsterman joked, “I have only had three majors to target”, Paul McGinley believes there are “issues to be addressed”. McGinley, the 2016 Ryder Cup captain, is close to McIlroy and rates himself as one of his biggest supporters. But after watching him crash out here for a depressing hat-trick of missed cuts on 10-over, he was courageous enough to state what he believes is wrong. To McGinley, the golfing landscape has radically changed since McIlroy introduced himself as the heir to Tiger Woods at the start of the decade and he needs to rededicate himself to the challenge. McGinley craves to witness the old McIlroy, with those “pointy elbows” which pushed aside his rivals and as he takes his miserable downtime before reappearing on Thursday at the Travelers Championship – where he will look for just his second victory of any description in 20 months – he could do far worse than digest the comments. Yes his friend recognises that this campaign has been far from a disastrous one thus far – with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, as well as a fifth at the Masters and two runners-up, including at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth three months ago – but McGinley cannot help but feel McIlroy’s bar must be set somewhat higher. McIlroy alongside Jordan Spieth in Southampton, N.Y. Credit: AP “There are definitely issues that need to be addressed,” McGinley said. “But I certainly don’t see it as technical. People say about his putting but from what we saw at Bay Hill [in Orlando, where he won in March] he is an inspirational putter and he’s always been. I think it’s more to do with attitude and the second phase of his career. In his first phase we have a saying in Ireland that he had ‘pointy elbows’ – ‘get out of my way, here I come, just watch me, I’m going to dominate’. “That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I know the competition has got better but that attitude of Rory’s, bouncing down the fairways and just steamrollering the field, we haven’t seen in a while. Yeah, he won at Bay Hill this year, but he won from getting into contention in the last four or five holes and then having a flurry of birdies to get over the line. That’s what we want to see back, that’s when Rory is at his best. When he has those pointy elbows and he’s bouncing down the fairways and he’s dominating.” But how to get there? McGinley, who is here on Long Island working for Sky, believes he must look forwards for the answers and not backwards and as the 29-year-old stands at the crossroads of a career which boasts four majors, but none in the last four years, McGinley feels the necessity for a fresh attitude and the “drive” to learn how to tackle the more arduous challenges. McIlroy talks with his caddie Harry Diamond Credit: GETTY IMAGES “He’s not the new kid on the block anymore,” McGinley said. “When he was winning his major championships, the last of which was four years ago, he was out on his own, he drove the ball better than anyone else. But now there are four, five six guys who can drive as long and as straight as him. “He’s made a lot of money in the last number of years, won his tournaments and has a big CV and is well known around the world. This is a new phase of his career and it’s going to take a new attitude and a new drive to go with it. That’s what missing. “The second thing that is missing is his ability to play tough courses. His CV is littered with success, but it’s not littered with success on brutally tough golf courses, war of attrition type courses, like the one he was presented with here. Those issues need to be addressed for Rory if he is continue on the [trend of the] tremendous early part of his career.” Of course, McIlroy has already won America’s national championship but that was in 2011 on the saturated Congressional course in Washington, which presented a benign test as far removed from Shinnecock Hills as can be imagined. Nevertheless, McIlroy claimed he was ready for this examination. It is just that the syllabus changed when the 30mph gusts came in during Thursday’s first round. McIlroy after winning the US Open back in 2011 Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Those conditions took me by surprise and that is what really got me,” McIlroy said. “The conditions were a lot better [on Friday] and I played well – the way I have been playing in decent conditions recently. “It feels like the last three years I have only had three Majors to target and this one has been a write-off! Every time you come in to a US Open you know it’s going to be tough. I showed glimpses of the good form but I just wish I had handled the conditions better in the first round. “I felt my game was in good shape – I felt the long game was there; the short game was there. I felt like I didn’t hit that bad shots [in his 80] – I just wasn’t prepared for those conditions.” The truth is, McIlroy actually was on the easier side of the starting sheets. The average round for those drawn early-late was roughly 74.5 while the average for the late-early wave was 75.6. It was more than a shot advantage but still McIlroy found himself 14 behind world No 1 Dustin Johnson, who built up his four-shot halfway advantage from the unfortunate half. McIlroy’s reservations about “tough conditions” hardly bode well for The Open in five weeks’ time. Carnoustie is definitely the hardest course on the Open rota and, if Mother Nature is feeling malicious, can even be classed as the most demanding of all the major venues. Before then he tackles what is likely to be a generous set-up in Connecticut, before the Irish Open, which he promotes at Ballyliffin. On the rugged links at the tip of Co Donegal it will all get serious again.
Tiger Woods was among the stars to miss the cut at the U.S. Open, but Dustin Johnson continued to deliver at Shinnecock Hills.
Tiger in awe of in-form Johnson at U.S. Open
Tiger Woods was among the stars to miss the cut at the U.S. Open, but Dustin Johnson continued to deliver at Shinnecock Hills.
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods walks through the rough to the ninth green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
PGA: U.S. Open - Second Round
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods walks through the rough to the ninth green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods walks through the rough to the ninth green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
PGA: U.S. Open - Second Round
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods walks through the rough to the ninth green during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods tees off the second hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
PGA: U.S. Open - Second Round
Jun 15, 2018; Southampton, NY, USA; Tiger Woods tees off the second hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Shinnecock Hills GC - Shinnecock Hills Golf C. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

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