Montgomerie Thinks So
Should Rory Be Playing?
By Kickntrue on 7/5/11
Rory hasn't played competitive golf since his win at the US Open. His Ryder Cup Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie things this is a bad plan for Rory, who won't tee it up again until next week's Open Championship.
"I can understand having two out of three weeks off, but I would like to have seen Rory play a competitive tournament between the two majors," Montgomerie said.

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"Rory's so natural I don't think there are any fears about his game," said Montgomerie. "But it's the locker room. There will be so many people wanting to congratulate him, wanting to talk to him. That's bloody tiring. Whether it was the French or the Scottish Open he could have got that out of his system, so he could start the Open afresh. Now he's got all that ahead of him and by the time he gets to the first tee, I think he will be mentally tired. But who am I to say?"
At least Colin got one part of his interview correct... his last line, "who am I to say?" Montgomerie has never won a major (though in fairness he has finished 2nd in four of them).

Jabs at Montgomerie aside- it does bring up a fair question- and since really, nobody is anybody to say- we may as well chime in too, right? I don't think Rory will win next week, but I'm not sure any amount of golf in between majors would matter to that. He DOES have to be exhausted from all the media attention and I'm sure he hasn't spent as much time on the golf course lately as he would've otherwise. That all said- the real reason he won't win next week is because winning golf tournaments is really hard and involves a lot of luck combined with great play. Royal St. George's is an odd course- one that requires precise golf shots and some odd course management (like not aiming at the fairways).

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[ comments ]
bducharm says:
We will see if Rory's "strategery" works for him in a couple of weeks. Personally, I need to play to be sharp. He may not. I do not think he will win the British.
7/5/11
 
srogers13 says:
Jaeger Bombs.
7/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
I dont think he will win either but he has to be the Favorite going in.
7/5/11
 
Backquak says:
They didn't say he hasn't played, just not competitive. I'm going for Rory. I hope he wins by 10. GO RORS!!!
7/5/11
 
carv712 says:
Where is the public outcry for Rory to play more tournaments. We gave Tiger hell when he only played the majors and a warm up for the majors. We just stopped giving Woods a hard time abou it in the last couple years because - well up until recently it was working for him. Golf is primed to have a new poster boy, why isn't Rory out there winning tournaments in an attempt to be that guy?
7/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
To answer your question I agree with Monty. He should be playing more. Atleast a tune up. To each their own.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
This strategy has never worked, nobody has ever one a major championship after winning one and not playing in a tournament until the next major championship. If he pulls off a win at the Open, it will be beyond amazing.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
Have you seen his backyard?

sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
You can't practice tournament golf in your backyard no matter how big it is. There is no substitute for playing in a tournament, if all it took was to build a huge practice facility to be great, I'm quite certain there would be a lot more yards like Rory's.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... I agree that there is no way to replicate the tournament feel, but when you reach the level that these guys are at, should it be necessary to play every couple of weeks?

I'm not sure I would take that much time off, if I were in his position, but if he's not already mentally prepard to handle the pressure of a Sunday at a major, I don't think an extra tournament or 2 is going to make a difference.
7/6/11
 
RJSchuchman says:
I'm sure his clubs haven't been rotting in his closet since Father's Day! Hopefully, he's been preparing at St. George's by hitting the course and walking/playing practice rounds, etc. to see what's in store for him. He's still the best player going right now, so I'd be surprised if he DOESN'T win it! I am a firm believer in his game/swing/demeanor/personality, and the fact that he will be the next Big Thing....

I really think he gets "it"....and now he has the confidence and validity he lacked before....

Watch out now...
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
I'm on record for believing Rory is going to be the next Phil, that being said, this is very Phil like, coming up with strategies for no good reason that no one can figure out but him. If it works, I will officially jump on his bandwagon and fly his flag as the next big thing. If he doesn't contend or misses the cut, he will take a big step back into the land of mediocrity in my book.
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@mjaber To answer your question,, yes. When you reach the level they are at IT IS necessary to play every couple of weeks. The only reason I say that is because nobody has ever taken all of the weeks off between majors and even come close to being in contention. It's almost insane to even try to do it for any reason except for an injury. Why he would "choose" this strategy makes no sense. Being that he's not a member of the PGA tour, he could have easily played in the French Open or the up coming Scottish Open, it's almost as if he's afraid to ruin his high from the US Open. The only thing he's done is given people like me the reason to say "WTF??" He no doubt has been practicing, but like I said, you can't practice tournament golf in your backyard no matter how big it is.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... the same can be said for playing/winning the week before a major. Rarely, if ever, has a player won the previous week and then gone on to win the major the following week. Of course, there is probably a happy medium somewhere, but even those who have won the last tournament they played prior to the major (ie. 1 or 2 weeks off before the major), haven't fared well, for the most part.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
Personally, I agree that he probably should have played a tourney or 2, especially to re-acclimate himself to links-style golf after spending a few weeks state-side, but he has made his choice. As long he doesn't use it as an excuse for not winning, or for missing the cut, he's making the decision that he feels is right for him.

It's the same reasoning as he used for not taking up his PGA Tour card. He didn't want to wear himself out and be exhausted come the end of the season. I'm sure he has had many public appearances, and other commitments that come with winning the US Open, and he seems to feel that taking care of all those things and preparing for multiple tournaments between the US Open & Open Championship was simply too much for him to handle.
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@mjaber That's my point, I don't think anyone has ever won a major and won the tournament the week before. My point is Rory would not have been "expected" to win the next tournament he played if it wasn't a major, he could have gotten all of the "expectations" out of the way. He's crazy if he thinks he can take a month off from tournament golf and win a major. As a matter of fact, the tournaments before the majors are always considered "warm ups" that's why you see lot's of first time winners win, like Harrison Frazar won for the first time before The U.S. Open this year, the field doesn't normally have all the marquee players. Rory is favored to win The Open, 7 to 1 odds, it opened at 5 to 1, I'll make you a gentleman's bet that he doesn't finish top 5.
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... If he is feeling he is the "next Tiger Woods", he may feel that he can. Tiger was out for 2 months before winning the US Open in '08.

Phil has won the last tournament he played prior to a major, and then the major... the infamous 2 driver Masters.

My point is, there are theories about what works and what doesn't, and they are all just that... theories. What's good for 1 guy, is not good for another. Some feel it's better to play the week before a major, others take it off. In the end, it doesn't matter if you played the week before, or took 2 months off to rehab a knee, all that matters is how you perform for 4 days.

If you'll bump your top 5 to top 10... I'll take that bet. :)
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@mjaber If you look back, I stated the only reason you should not play between majors is because of injury, that was clearly the case with Tiger's 2 months off before the U.S. Open. I don't think this is a matter of what works and what doesn't, I agree there are several different theories of how to prepare for a major, the one thing that is consistent with all players is actually PLAYING in tournaments if they are physically able to do so. That may not include the immediate week before, but not 4 weeks off.

It's a bet, top 10. :)
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... I missed the "injury" stipulation.
7/7/11
 
jev says:
I'm guessing Rory plays a lot of linksgolf now that he wouldn't do if he had to compete in a tournament. Might be a wise choice after all!
7/7/11
 
mjaber says:
@ToddRobb... You win :) I wonder if Rory wishes he had played at least once (maybe the Scottish) before the Open Championship.
7/18/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Judging from his post round interview, it sounded like he wished he didn't play in the Open Championship at all.
7/21/11
 
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