Rory McIlroy: At 29, Is He Too Wealthy To Be Motivated? | Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    Finally….someone has kicked over this rock. My gut tells me he is not the only “prima-donna” who is skating on his money sled. Just look at the “slump” some of the other so called young guns are riding to the bank.

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      Tom Edrington

      Watching the Irish Open this week, Rory looks like one of the worst putters out there.

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    baxter cepeda

    Tom, Rory is motivated. He is just being quiet about it.
    He continuously looks for ways to improve the weakest part of his game; going to Faxon most recently, completely ever-hauling his Simpson stroke. Faxon has made it clear he is the opposite of Simpson. Still, Rory showed the guts and the drive to leave a putting formula which won him majors and much money for potentially even greener pastures.
    What I see with Rory is a champion. While internet golf trolls hang out behind their computers questioning top players after every setback, Rory like his contemporaries is out there finding ways to get back to the top.
    The fact is its just not that easy, especially if any part of a players game is even fractionally less than world class. Rorys putting is clearly inconsistent but lucky for him he seems to finds some world class putting streaks along the way, and he will again.
    He is absolutely right in not panicking and keeping life in perspective. Not sure if you ever played tournament golf. I did not but my daughters are playing 30 tournament days in June and July. Like any golfer their games aren’t exactly where they want it but when tee times come players gotta play. Rory is no different than junior golfers, trying their best to improve, giving their best on the course, working on staying calm, proper rest and nutrition and most importantly keeping things in perspective.
    Its just a game!
    Easier said than done which is why golfers at any level focus on these things regardless of what the trolls think. Its a proven formula which even Tiger seems to be applying. I believed in Tigers old style as much as anyone but it did prove exhausting being so intense and fired up about one thing: winning.
    Families like us Work on these things Rory talked about because if you pay attention it works for players like Rory. These are challenges which never end for tournament golfers and players like Rory do great to stay focused on these things amongst all the foolish noise.

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      Tom Edrington

      Inconsistent putting? He was absolutely deplorable with the flat stick so far this week…..he’s missed something like 15 putts inside 10 feet and for a professional, that isn’t inconsistent — it stinks. Simple as that.

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        baxter cepeda

        I agree his putting looks bad at the minute but it does not mean he does not care. Chamblee of all people put it best today when he said rory is stuck between two techniques. Rory will figure it out…then eventually slump again…so rorys putting world turns.


          Tom Edrington

          I think his overall performance this week in Ireland was awful, one-under par??? Seriously?

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