Rory McIlroy: "I don't know what you can do"
By mustang6560 on 7/18/13
As Bob Harig noted, the frustration continues for Rory McIlroy, who opened with an 8-over-par 79 in the first round of the Open Championship.
"It's strange, I mean, I wish I could stand up here and tell you guys what's wrong or what I need to do to make it right, because I feel like I've got the shots," McIlroy said afterward. "It's just a matter of going through the right process to hit them and that's something that I obviously haven't been doing recently.The funny (and possibly ironic) thing about Rory's 79 is it was matched by Sir Nick Faldo, who criticized the youngster ahead of the 142nd Open Championship saying:
"You have a window of opportunity," said Faldo, who works as an analyst for CBS and the Golf Channel. "That's my only words of wisdom to Rory. You have, say, a 20-year window as an athlete. Hopefully when you retire, 40s, 50s, hopefully you have 40 years to enjoy it. So just concentrate on golf."Rory is 13 strokes behind the current first round leader Zach Johnson, who opened with an impressive 5-under-par 66. At the moment, the Northern Irishman is in danger of missing the cut in the Open Championship for the first time in his career.
If I was JP Fitzgerald, Rory's caddie, I'd take drive and 3-wood out of his bag and make him hit 2-iron or less off every tee. Get the ball in play, Rors!
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Perhaps instead of the "Next Tiger", he is the next David Duval...
Rory is already better than David. He has two majors to DD's one.
@mustang... but at this moment the parallels are there. Become #1 in the world. Sign big contract with Nike.
How Rory responds will be telling. Right now, he's following the same path Duval took.
Duval won with Nike, his game went off the rails when he hurt himself snowboarding or skiing or something like that.
Let's not forget that Rory switched literally every product involved in his golf game. Not just the clubs--balls, shoes, clothes, belt, hat, gloves, sunglasses. Probably socks and underwear too. Tees is probably the only thing he hasn't changed. It is no wonder he is not feeling like himself.
@srogers.... true, but it was right after he (re)signed a massive deal with Nike that, due to injuries, his game went off the rails. Perhaps there is a Nike curse if your name isn't Tiger?
I know, it's a "Madden Curse" parallel, and very "conspiracy theory-esque", but it's a little strange, don't you think?
what about Charl Schwartzel? he's in the Nike clan and continually near the top of leader boards. I can see him adding more majors to his green jacket.
there are other examples like Cink, Immelman and Lucas Glover, but they aren't Nike anymore.
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