Massive disclaimer. I am no big golf fan. This writer got all riled up when the American crowd disrespected the European players at the Ryder Cup a while back, and also enjoyed Padraig Harrington’s brief flirtation with sporting immortality. However other than that, he can take it or leave it.
We on the Emerald Isle are a funny little nation when it comes to sports. More so than many, we latch onto our sporting heroes with the clinginess of Lindsay Lohan’s paparazzi following. Most often, it is somewhat well founded. The classy Sonya O’Sullivan. The easy calm cool of Padraig Harrington. The clinical, winning nature of Ronan O’Gara, and the gregarious, politically brilliant Brian O’Driscoll.
Rory? So far all we really know is, he doesn’t have any respect for the most revered of golfing tournaments, which also means he has very little interest in representing Europe, in which his home nation resides. We also know he likes to take easy pot shots at fallen stars (Step forward Tiger Woods) and that when on the 'Late late show', amongst adoring amateur golfers, he likes to act and look like he would rather be, well, somewhere else.
I am certainly not saying the young golfer shouldn’t be consoled, and helped take a mature step forward after his dramatic one-day slump. What I am saying is, a little perspective is perhaps in order here. Nobody died. A young, rich and somewhat arrogant Irish golfer didn’t win a major golfing tournament.
There are probably people out there more worthy of our consolation.
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