The learning curve

Was that a win or what? Even my dentist, while examining my teeth, talked about Rory McIlroy and his 8 shot victory at Congressional. For somebody who is already established in the top 10 of the World rankings I don’t think you can call what we saw a breakthrough. I think what it was though was some sort of an explosive rise to the next level. All of a sudden Tiger Woods was no longer missed and a player of real Ballesteros calibre had taken the throne. I think Rory hit more fairways than Seve would have done in the four majors combined but the way he plays, with the most natural golf swing anyone can imagine and hands as sensitive as only the great Master’s once were, does at least take me back to the early days of the Spanish magician. Those of us that saw Rory storm through the amateur game I think could see this coming and it will be interesting to see what this will mean for his development and performance going forward. He is 22 now and I can’t helping thinking about the mantra that is so often used in sports – experience. Yes, it does take experience to learn and to know how to handle the situations you are faced with. But I do not think that was the difference between what we saw at Colonial and what we saw at Augusta. Some just seem to be incredibly experienced at 22. Rory McIlroy is one of those…

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1 Response to “The learning curve”


  1. 1 martin izzard June 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    What a refreshing sight, a Major Champion having fun, smiling and interacting with the crowd, Nicklaus , Palmer and Seve rolled in to a nice grounded young man.


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