There's an old saying, golf doesn't build character it reveals it. Rory walking off the course today showed me that despite being the number one player in the world, he's got a little growing up left to do. I know he had a tooth ache, and was playing poorly, but you have to finish. More than a little disappointed, expected better from him.
Would it have been better to not show up at all? Probably so. There is a level of pain where you have to surrender to. I've left work early due to illness once in the past 10 years. if my migraine relief didn't work really well I'd probably be leaving work early once or twice a week.
There was a report he was eating a sandwich by the 18th green today. Was it mouth pain, or was that a handy excuse to reach for? We will never know, but he will. Rory is too good of a golfer to not be able to focus through wisdom teeth.
This really will help to make for an interesting season of The Rory Show.
This is an article from PGA tour.com. Nothing worse than playin' like a dog, but suck it up ,act like a man and finish. You're supposed to be professional, it's in your job title.
“I regret what I did,” said a contrite McIlroy, who admitted that his wisdom tooth, while sore, really didn’t bother him enough to quit.
“There’s no excuse for quitting and it doesn’t set a good example for the kids watching me, trying to emulate what I do.
“I feel like I let a lot of people down with what I did last week and for that, I am very sorry.”
Rory screwed up big time, should have known better, never should have done it. He's young, I think he learned a great lesson about behaving as the number 1 player in the world. Now it's time to move on. He's had some high number streaks in the past, he's too good to stay mediocre for long.
How old is he again? Is there anyone here that didn't blow off work or leave early as "sick" on a day that was actually pretty important to your boss or customers when you were in your late teens or early 20s? I never got fired but I can guarantee that I had a few occasions when I was less than 100% at work when I was his age. I knew several people that got themselves fired for repeatedly missing work. Granted, he's making a LOT more money but he's still a kid in my book bound to make a few kid mistakes. I'm not ready to put on any holier than thou attitudes against him just yet Cut him a break and let's see if he can keep his spit together going forward for awhile..
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When you get past the point of "it can't get any worse" and it does and then you pass of the point of "it's not going to get any better" you reach the point where the reset button just doesn't work. At that point quitting looks a lot less painful than continuing and there is a strong sense that you are insulting people by continuing. When it's just a game that's ok. When it's your job, toughing it out separates the men from the boys. I know I couldn't do any better. I once resigned a chess match after I had played to a stalemate. You live and you learn.
Since some are fessing up
In my 20's, I was playing in a match play event in our clubs B flight championship. I was playing someone who, on paper, should have been very easy. Almost everything I did that day turned out poorly, and, I arrived at the 15th tee 4 holes down. Smoke was coming from my ears, the tee was right next to the parking lot, I walked over and shook the guys hand, then left. It was years before my peers let me forget that forfeit. Learned my lesson very well.
The other night of Golf Channel, Paul Azinger was interviewed by Feherty. Azinger spoke about confidence, resulting from playing really well, as a major factor for everyone. He also spoke about times in his career when he did not have the confidence required to just go out and play well, and, how impossible it was to perform under those conditions.
Johnny Miller also talks about the cures of changing equipment. Not so much an impact on shots from the fairway, but, from rough and other difficult conditions, such as a new driver on a very tight hole. Miller always predicts at least a year to get back to normal. Should be an interesting. watch.
Let me say this. There is nothing worse than quitting, but having said that, if this is the worst thing Rory does he'll be fine. You do live and learn, and my guess is he got this lesson the old fashioned hard way. I was more than a little surprised by it because he has always acted like a pro even at a young age. I'm not a big fan of Nike clubs despite living in the land of the swoosh. Maybe he regrets chasing the money for clubs that aren't a good fit for him. Maybe he has girl troubles. Who knows. But I agree with the earlier post, that he is way too good to be down for long.
Yes he is young and we have all done irresponsible stuff, but very few pull off one like this only weeks after getting $2000000000000000000000000000000000.00 signing bonus from Nike. Kind of makes you wonder who wrote his apology speech.
Wouldn't you have like to been the fly on the wall for the little talks with his agent, Nike, and Rory. His parents probably never talked to him like that.. If he were to do something of this nature again who will kill him first, his agent or Nike?