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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 154 - The Open preview
T HE Northern Irishman won’t be there when his rivals tee off at St Andrews, courtesy of the torn ankle ligaments sustained in a game of soccer with his friends less than a couple of weeks before the Open Championship. A tweet from his sickbed late last week informed the world that he wouldn’t be playing at The Open because he was “taking a long term view of this injury”. If only he’d taken that long-term view when he was deciding whether or not to lace up for a kick with the lads. You might disagree, but when you’re a fortnight out from defending one of the most important titles of your career, you don’t put that in jeopardy for anything. The ‘should he or shouldn’t he’ discussion is an argument without a correct answer. Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar both spoke out in defence of McIlroy, saying PGA Tour players can’t live their lives in a bubble. True. But pick your moments. Professional golfers can do things that normal people can’t and are afforded opportunities most other people can only dream of. But it also means that sometimes they can’t (or shouldn’t) do things that the rest of us take for granted. When being in peak physical condition is your job, let alone a job for which you’re paid tens of millions of dollars annually, sometimes it needs to be your priority. Who wouldn’t have wanted to be a fly on the wall in the Nike executives’ offices after Rory tweeted a photo of himself getting around on crutches? His self-indulgent tweeting around the injury and apparent indifference to missing The Open could only be upsetting his fans and sponsors further. It’s not the first time that McIlroy’s judgment has strayed. Along the way he’s shown an abject lack of respect for both his fellow competitors and, often, the game itself. 1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au
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