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Golf Australia Express : March 2013
RORS OF DISSENT ED’S WELCOME EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Damian Shutie email@example.com EDITORIAL TEAM Mark Allen Adrian Ballantyne Will Hone Damian Shutie INSTRUCTIONAL EDITOR Mark Allen CONTACT US EDITORIAL - firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING - email@example.com OTG Mag is produced and published by OTG Media Pty. Ltd © 2013 All Rights Reserved WE'VE ALL had a moment on the golf course. You know the kind I'm talking about. It's never our finest moment but often our most human. It comes with many a moniker—cracking the sads, chucking a wobbly, cutting up rough—yet they all mean the same thing: meltdown. Few sports feel so personally affronting as golf. After all, you're giving it all the love you have only to be kicked in the proverbial shot after shot. It's enough to make the best of golfers lose their marbles. In fact, at the Honda Classic, he did exactly that. And while I can empathise with the pressure poor old Rory was under when he was having yet another bad round [boo freaking hoo], walking off the course mid-tournament was the act of a petulant kid who can't hack it when things don't quite go his way. Rory blamed a sore wisdom tooth for the Zoolander-Hansel impersonation, but even if he did have a 'mouth owie', it remains a pathetic excuse for an elite sportsman. Of course, Rory is no longer a kid. Those of us who have defended some of the sillier things he has said or done in the past as just immaturity from a young lad, can no longer do so. I'm one of those defenders. McIlroy is now 23 going on 24, the world No.1 golfer, is blessed with a wealth of talent that allows him to play golf for a living and earn more dough in a year than a baker does in a lifetime. He wowed us all in 2011 with a 'maturity beyond his years' by winnning the US Open after imploding at The Masters two months earlier. Then the worldly Rory playing ambassador for UNICEF was thrust in front of us as proof this guy had real perspective. Was that just another cynical marketing move in what's quickly becoming a Tiger Mark II franchise? It's becoming harder to tell with every tantrum. Look, I've long been a fan of The Curly One and I've no doubt he'll bounce back from this. But by saying it's OK to quit when things get tough, he'll find it a lot harder to get a reprieve from many other fans, particularly parents. I can't help but think, if only that sore tooth provided Rory a little more wisdom at The Honda Classic. See you on the green. DAMIAN SHUTIE Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @OTGmag PHOTOGRAPHY BY ODD SPOT
April 2013-The Masters