The Ego Oriented Golfer
By mustang6560 on 3/27/13
Brian Keogh penned an interesting piece on Rory McIlroy ahead of the Shell Houston Open The Masters. The title of his article says it all, "Is ego Rory McIlroy's biggest rival?"
Despite what his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki has described as his almost obsessive love for the gym, the Ulsterman's work ethic is as sporadic as that of most 23-year olds we've met. He's no Vijay Singh, no Pádraig Harrington and certainly no Tiger Woods, which is probably a good thing in many ways.

He's not Darren Clarke either, though being told by Woods to get his finger out puts him in the same league bromance-wise. Remember the note Woods left on Clarke's locker when he lost 4 and 2 to the Dungannon man in the Accenture MatchPlay final at La Costa? "Enjoy it you fat f***."

What appears certain is that McIlroy is not enjoying it too much right now. The attention he has received since he upped the ante by signing hat multi-million dollar deal with Nike has not helped. The burdens that come with being the anointed one - the expectations, the media intrusion, the constant criticism - have increased exponentially and he's plainly struggling to deal with them.
The article goes on to describe the differences between a "task" oriented golfer and an "ego" oriented golfer. The main difference between the two is the latter cares more about how s/he wins rather than the result itself, and Brian alludes to the fact that he thinks Rory is an ego oriented golfer.

If you have a few minutes, I'd go read the entire article to find out which type of golfer you are.

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[ comments ]
Kurt the Knife says:
I'm a crappy golfer.
GolfSmith7 says:
I am no tempo golfer :(
Matt F says:
I'm both of the above!
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Never heard of that note left for Clarke. Classy.
k-von says:
Am I the only one that finds these vulgar Tiger notes warmly humanizing? When I hear him fraternally ragging on his mates it's like the only time I actually find him relateable.
Banker85 says:
aqgreed kvon
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