Guys, it’s tough. It’s one of the hardest things I do on a weekly basis – I root for Rory McIlroy as a golfer. I love Rory. I live for Rory winning tournaments. He’s gotten me through this post-apocalyptic Tiger-less PGA tour wasteland that went on 2013-2017. He carried all of us over the bridge to Spieth/Johnson/Fowler/Day era that we’re in now. He’s my favorite golfer. I remember in 2014 watching him win The Open in Europe and just falling in love with his game. He had the power, and he was the next big Nike athlete.
He had 4 majors by the age of 25, then they just stopped. He was on top of the world, and then he wasn’t. He hasn’t won a major since that fine win in 2014. He’s won other tournaments, including a Fed Ex cup in 2016, but his performance in majors has been underwhelming.
What’s the most frustrating part, out of all of that though, is that you know that when Rory puts it together, he’s the best player in the game. His peak vs Jordan’s vs Dustin’s vs Rahm’s vs anyone’s, give me Rory every day and twice on Sunday (that saying works especially well in golf). We just don’t know when we’re going to see his best. And that’s why a day, like the 3rd round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, can be so special. Rory shoots an amazing 67 that keeps him in the hunt on Sunday. Highlighted by an approach from 200+ on a par 5 to 7 feet for an eagle. Vintage Rory.
I’ll just keep waiting for him to come back to amazing form. Maybe it starts today at the API. I’ll be first at the sports bar when Rory has a chance to win a major. I’m still a huge Rory supporter and will continue to be. I’ll even still dream about a Sunday Rory/Tiger final pairing when they’re both in the lead.
For now, we’ll focus on the small amounts of progress he’s made. Rory’s healthy, he got married last year and he’s shown some flashes this year. Big things are coming this year until then I’m going to be so very frustrated when he doesn’t win.
I know he will again soon. Let’s. Go. Rory.