Rory, Please Behave Yourself
By mustang6560 on 7/19/11
Rory McIlroy needs to be careful.

Now that he's golf's biggest superstar, his life both on and off the course will be under a microscope and the media will be looking to bring him down. No offense to the media, it's just the nature of the beast. We live in a world with 24/7 news and anyone can be "reporter" nowadays with their phone.

People love a good villain story as much as a good hero story. And right now, golf has its villain in Tiger Woods so the role of the hero is Rors' to lose.

If he's not careful, he could get himself in trouble and I don't want that for him so I feel obligated to point out two specific examples that he needs to watch out for.

First, he needs to watch what he says in post round press conferences. After a disappointing effort at the Open Championship at Royal St. Georges', Rory made a few comments that were borderline controversial.
"I'm not a fan of golf tournaments where the outcome is predicted so much by the weather. It's not my sort of golf."

"My game is suited basically for every golf course and most conditions but I don't enjoy playing in these conditions, really.

"I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and there's not much wind,"
I waited all yesterday for the golf media to jump on Rory for making these comments and I'm happy for his sake that they didn't. You can't fault him for his honesty and I fundamentally agree with him, but these aren't suitable comments for a major champion. Regardless of the honesty, these comments sound like excuses and excuses are like butt holes, we all have them and they all stink! You would expect to hear this from someone like Bubba Watson, not the classy Northern Irishman.

Second, like my dad always told me, "You can tell a lot about a man by who he calls his friends and where he sticks is pecker" (it's an old John Wayne quote I believe). Rory's on-again-off-again relationship with his childhood girlfriend Holly Sweeney came to an "amicable" end before the start of the Open Championship at Royal St. George's last week, which is fine.

But, it didn't take long for Rory to get back into the game. The 22-year-old U.S. Open champ appears to date off the course much in the same way he plays on the course - fast. Sources close to the youngster report he and the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world Caroline Wozniacki have a "close relationship". The two even took time to share a special cyber moment on Twitter:
Rory tweeted: @CaroWozniacki happy birthday! You're getting old ;)

Caroline tweeted: @McIlroyRory good luck tomorrow! :)
A tennis blogger even posted a picture on Twitter last week of the two "kissing" on the streets of London. The picture is kind of blurry, and it could have just been a friendly "good-bye" kiss, which is common in Europe. And I'm not trying to start any rumors, but Rory's gone on record to say Holly helped keep him grounded. With his rock gone, it's easy to find oneself moved by the current of the sea.

Rory has the talent to be the next Tiger Woods, but let's hope he doesn't mimic him to the T. Hopefully he learned something from his idol, it's OK to look once and a while, but you don't touch everything.

I truly am hoping Rory can live up the the expectations the golf world has for him. From the reports I read about the Open Championship, Rory drew Tiger-like crowds all over the course even though he wasn't a factor in the tournament. His presence is good for golf and it will help attract new golf fans to the sport. But, he needs to keep himself in check and continue to surround himself with good people if he's going to live up to his potential.

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Duke of Hazards says:
Sorry, but just don't get the criticisms here. Unlike Tiger who never says anything substantive during interviews, Rory gave honest responses and feelings about the British open. He doesn't like playing in windy, rainy conditions. I would guess most golfers have the same preference. He even said before the tournament that he preferred U.S. style parkland courses to links golf. You can read excuses into it, I guess. As far as his love life, he's a single 22 yo male with fame and fortune. He's doing what Tiger should have done before he got married and had kids.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Bubba Watson is not classy?
bobhooe says:
ahhhh the number one female tennis player in the world is a far cry from a porn star, bar owner, and Perkins waitress.
Kurt the Knife says:
i dont get the beef.
i like playing in the same conditions he does.
Trip says:
I agree about the comments. From where I'm sitting from, to make that comment right after finishing makes him look like a sore loser. I think he actually took some of the credit away from Darren Clarke. According to Rory, the weather determined the winner, not Darren overcoming the weather. You can make those comments if you win.
ToddRobb says:
First off, this bloke is not the next Tiger, the next Tiger is not on the tour yet. For Rory to whine about the weather after getting his ass kicked seems like something that Sergio would do. I thought this guy was suppose to be used to playing in those conditions?? If he likes our conditions so much why doesn't he join the tour and play more events here like Luke? Maybe if he hadn't taken a month off before playing in a major he may have been ready to deal with the weather a little better. He took a few steps backwards in my book.
mmontisano says:
DUDE! ToddRobb, jeez! why are you always ripping on players that aren't Tiger Woods!?
ToddRobb says:
@badcaddy Are you stalking me? :) So I mentioned I think Rickie Fowler needs to change his swing to get to the next level, and Rory shouldn't be whining after getting his ass kicked and that's "always ripping on players that aren't Tiger Wodds"?? oookay. You must be new to this site, I've ripped Tiger for being a jerk for not being a good tipper waaay before any of this other stuff came out. On the course, it's hard to criticize Tiger for anything, I didn't mind him letting loose a few F bombs every now and then, but when he started throwing clubs I had a BIG problem with that and I said so. As far as Rory goes, I know he's only 22 so chalk it up to being young and stupid, I just think it's crazy for him to complain about the weather in a place that he grew up playing in. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he winds up apologizing for what he said the next time he plays (whenever that will be).
ToddRobb says:
badcaddy even your boy Rickie said he "loves" the weather, did he really love the weather?? Of course he didn't, he's 22 just like Rory and he was smart enough not to complain about it in an interview. You would think Rory was from Southern California and Rickie was from Northern Ireland.
mmontisano says:
i only said that because i've actually been on this this site since 09 and i've seen AAAALLLLL your comments about el Tigre. you actually invited me to a group once too. and like i said, i'm more of a Rory fan and i'm glad he speaks his mind instead of giving the same droll answers like everyone else on TOUR....or so it seems.

Curtis Strange is my all time favorite though.
ToddRobb says:
Speaking your mind is one thing, whining like a bitch because you couldn't handle the rain and wind is something completely different. I guess it turns out Rickie is much more polished and mature than Rory is at this point. As well as Rory handled his Masters meltdown, was as poorly he handled his Open meltdown.
Trav says:
I was inclined to agree with Rory, then I opened my door this morning to 100+ degrees and humidity = 110+ heat index, and suddenly a litlte cool rain didn't seem so bad.
dottomm says:
@ToddRobb: Open Meltdown? Really? Jeesh. That's kind of harsh. Aren't we talking about playing Golf at a major in 30mph wind and rain?
RyanLigon says:
I just think the quote" "I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and there's not much wind," is funny because of him not wanting to play in The Players.
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