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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 154 - The Open preview
H E’S poked Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for getting old and he’s publically disrespected both the Ryder Cup and the players who would give anything to be selected for it, calling it an “exhibition” and saying it’s “not that important an event”. He’s whinged and moaned about the weather and he’s gone toe to toe with commentator Jay Townsend, who questioned his course management skills, with McIlroy telling him to “shut up” and calling him a “failed golfer”. He’s pulled out of tournaments when things weren’t going his way and offered excuses for his behaviour, rather than accepting he’d done the wrong thing and copping his right whack. In March this year he threw a club into the water at the WGC-Cadillac Championship after hitting his ball into the drink. He then offered a limp apology, saying, “It felt good at the time but now I regret it”. And at the top of the list is his treatment of his former fiancé Caroline Wozniacki, who learned that she wouldn’t be walking down the aisle with him via a quick phone conversation. McIlroy said he “wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails”. Perhaps he was referring to acting like an adult and treating people with respect. McIlroy might not be as gregariously offensive as, say, Patrick Reed or Rory Sabbatini, but the sum of his indiscretions adds up to a player who takes his god- given sporting ability, his money and almost incalculable privilege for granted. Mickelson, Kuchar and the other pros are right in saying that the world’s elite players deserve to live a normal life and should be able to do as they choose. Maybe they can. But not when you’re world No.1. Not when you’re the defending champion at one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Your kick-around can wait. OTG
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