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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 136
RORY McIlroy might be the world's best golfer right now, but he also ranks pretty highly on the list of on-course tantrum-throwers. The latest show of petulance by the 25-year- old Northern Irishman was on display for the world to see at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Having drowned his approach at Trump National Doral's par-5 8th hole in Round 2, McIlroy took his frustration out on his 3-iron, hurling it into the lake like a spoilt brat who didn't get his own way. It was a sight unbecoming of golf's No.1 player. What was most disappointing about the incident, though, was the contempt McIlroy showed for the game, his fellow competitors and the indifference (almost smug arrogance) when speaking about it after the round. "Felt good at the time," he said. "Look, I just let frustration get the better of me. It was heat of the moment, and I mean, if it had been any other club I probably wouldn't have, but I didn't need a 3-iron for the rest of the round so I thought, why not?" Why not? Here's a list of reasons for starters, dear Rory. • You are no longer a kid. • In fact, kids now look up to you and follow your example. • It was disrespectful to the course staff, your sponsors, equipment engineers, your fans, and, well pretty much anyone else in your camp or in golf in general. • You looked like a flog. You do every time you throw a tantrum on course. • You are no longer a kid. But of course, instead of being dragged across the coals for this public display of irascibility, McIlroy's actions have been almost celebrated as an act of humour – a funny thing that happened on the golf course. So funny in fact, that Donald Trump sent a scuba diver in to retrieve the banished 3-iron before the billionaire returned the club in a staged performance at the practice range the next day in front of a salivating media. Like trained puppies, they gathered around snapping away at what can only be described as the most awkward encounter of the year thus far. Of course this mightn't be such a big deal if it was the first time McIlroy lost his temper on course, or even perhaps if he wasn't the world's No.1 player. Yet when added to a string of immature actions, like snapping his driver at the Irish Open, bending an iron at the US Open, storming off mid-round at the 2013 Honda Classic, or even the ridiculous way with which he handled his management legal dispute, it's about time someone pulled him aside and told him to grow up. But no, he's too good a player for that. Instead – like we did for years whenever Tiger Woods lost his temper – we'll just pretend it's all a part of being a 'genius' with the sticks. OTG the VIEW RORY, IT'S TIME TO GROW UP ABILITY ALONE SHOULD NOT DETERMINE WHICH PETULANT BEHAVIOUR WE'RE WILLING TO ACCEPT ON THE GOLF COURSE. with Damian Shutie OTG Editor-in-Chief FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z WATCH MCILROY THROW HIS CLUB HERE WATCH THE 3-IRON WATER RETRIEVAL HERE DONALD TRUMP RETURNS THE CLUB HERE
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