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@12/13The idea behind HYS is quite simple. Like golf, it's an "open competition" where everybody plays off scratch/tries to outdo their opponents. Some are naturally gifted with a nice turn (of phrase) while others struggle due to lack of ability (wit/guile/understanding). If you can't hack it, you should just jack it and leave the (fair)way clear for those with proven expertise/eloquence.
Two things here:-Firstly, take a look at the leaderboard on this site - should be close as they are all at level par!!!Secondly, remember that this is a Pro-Am so St Andrews have made all pins easy and cut back the rough.
@11Clearly you're seeing the "mirage that is McIlroy" through green-tinted glasses. Yes, he had his best weekend ever (64, 63) on/or because of a sodden course with slow greens. However, Augusta/other major US courses are equipped with SubAir Systems, ensuring super fast/tricky greens. Now at par, T97th, RM is no man for all seasons; he's a one-trick pony, fast becoming a dead donkey!
He gets asked questions, some of them innocuous, some controversial, some daft. He answers them all, he has opinions, he is not boring but honest and straight. As a result he opens himself to criticism. He is never rude, nor trying to antagonise or seek the limelight. I like that. He gives ridiculous amounts of time and money to children's charity. I wish him well.
A professional player of any sport has to try and strengthen their weaknesses. Yes Rory on his day and given certain conditions is practically unbeatable. However his weaknesses remain1. Putting2. Playing in the wind3. Not playing enough competitive golf week in, week out.He's attempted to rectify his putting from time to time, but in 2 and 3 he needs much more effort.
@5Rory's injuries are all self-inflicted: tore ankle ligaments from having a kick-about with his mates; rib injury from pumping too much iron, supposedly to "prolong his career"; injury aggravated due to new testing clubs/practising for hours after his wedding. In 2015, he got laser eye surgery to help him see his lines/putt better (.. great success that!) If only Rors had a brain to train!
re 14 totally agree that they need to let the rough and heather grow(even though the spectators trample all but heather down so the more wayward the better lie, followed by ludicrous drops for stands or sponsors stands miles away) Lets hope Carnoustie restores faith and there is a near par winner for once. Even US Open bowing to players/sponsors demand for massively below par scores.
@9 You can say that about so many courses. St Andrews can bite you at any given moment, wind rain sea mist. Its still an awesome environment, to play golf in. Lets not forget that golf is not all about distance. maybe speed the greens up a tad or let the rough grow a bit longer!
I think McIlroy rightly deserves some of the criticism levelled at him because of recent decisions. These all though are nothing to do with what has been happening on the course which I think even Rory himself would be disappointed how his season has gone. @12 Major I think you are missing the point of the "Have Your Say" sections of the BBC website.
Would those who criticise Rory please append their posts with a list of their own achievements so we can match them against those of a multi major championship winner.Should make interesting reading !!
Totally agree with gg. For some reason British sports fans are over critical of our best sportsmen. The comments about RM are similar to what was being said about Faldo at his peak. This so called has been shot 64 and 63 last weekend and only lost out to a guy shooting a remarkable 61 in the final round. Anyone who says he can't play in the wind has clearly never been to Northern Ireland!
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