Around The Links: Is Anyone Picking Rory At Muirfield?

Jul 17, 2013; Gullane, United Kingdom; Rory McIlroy gives a media interview during the practice day at the 2013 The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

Here we are at The 142nd Open Championship, the 2013 golf season is almost over with, and Rory McIlroy has yet to win a tournament. He had a good final round at The Cadillac Championship during the Florida swing, and a second place finish at The Valero Texas Open. That’s it! His final round 66 was good, but not good enough to beat a focused Martin Laird who put up a 63 on the final Sunday before the Masters.

So what’s wrong with the 23 year-old from Northern Ireland? Depends on who you ask. Some are convinced his switch to Nike it at the heart of the problem, then others point to his girlfriend as being his downfall. One thing is for sure, there isn’t a shortage of opinions when it come to the woes of Rory McIlroy this year.

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Like everyone else, I have my opinion about Rory. I was young once, and had things going on in my life that took away my desire to go to work. Being a professional golfer, or a professional athlete from any sport requires a lot of hard work. Work that I’m not convinced Rory is willing to do at this juncture. Until he falls back in love with the game the way he did to get to the top, he won’t return to the top of his game any time soon.

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Wouldn’t it be great for the game if Rory could find a way to win at Muirfield? That would shut all of the critiques up. This is an interesting article from James McMahon at Bleacher Report. I especially like the quote from Tiger Woods. I’m not sure Tiger doesn’t have a good point.

How Arnold Palmer changed golf forever

Arnie came to golf at the dawn of television. It was a perfect marriage, a hard charging Arnold Palmer on Sunday afternoon, and television brought golf out of the country clubs, and into everyone’s home that could afford a television. I was a youngster in 1960, and the only golf I had ever seen played was in newsreels at the movie theater. Arnie changed all of that, and that’s why he is the icon that drives golf.

This is a great post by one of my favorite writers. Jay Busbee blogs Golf and NASCAR at Yahoo Sports.

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