Why misfiring McIlroy needs Sunshine State swing
22/02/2021 | sport | golf | 421
Rory McIlroy missed the cut last week for the first time in 30 PGA Tour events but while underlying statistics suggest a deterioration in form, here's why the Florida-swing offers cause for optimism.
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23/02/2021 07:51:50 3 4
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Who cares
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23/02/2021 07:56:33 9 3
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Clearly you do enough to read and post
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23/02/2021 07:51:50 3 4
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Who cares
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23/02/2021 07:56:33 9 3
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Clearly you do enough to read and post
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23/02/2021 07:56:34 4 1
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Drive for show, putt for dough - applies perfectly to Rory.
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23/02/2021 08:09:43 3 5
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Putt for dough, drive for more dough is how it really is.
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23/02/2021 08:03:08 5 4
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Couldn't happen to a nicer fellas.
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23/02/2021 08:03:44 6 1
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There is no questioning that McIlroy has a natural ability.
However there are 2 recurring questions which are regularly asked.
The first relates to judgement, he too often plays unnecessarily risky shorts in favour of a more simple ones which would keep his ball in play.
Also his putting isn’t consistent enough at the top level.
The second is whether he still has the appetite and desire.
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23/02/2021 08:24:37 5 3
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Arithmetic clearly not your strong point but you make valid points nonetheless. Perhaps an established caddy would help the first? His putting has always been streaky and that hasn't stopped him winning 4 majors, the Players , the Tour Championship, Fed Ex cup/Race to Dubai etc.
Your last point is more difficult to quantify but, particularly in respect of majors, perhaps he wants it too much?
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23/02/2021 08:55:51 1 0
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A top class caddy would surely help him to overcome these traits.
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23/02/2021 11:26:16 3 0
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Not sure what his risky shorts do, or whether they keep his balls in play or not..
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23/02/2021 12:16:08 1 0
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Agree, putting is the key to a lot of this. If you are confident as a putter you don't need to always be chasing the flagstick. His mental state is also certainly nowhere near that of Hogan, Woods, Nicklaus, Seve, Faldo, Player. Maybe life is a bit too good ?
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24/02/2021 08:06:58 0 0
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There are three types of people in this world. Those who can count and those who can't.
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23/02/2021 08:04:31 5 7
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McIlroy has been crap since he switched clubs. Shouldn’t have been so greedy.
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Ian
23/02/2021 08:50:59 4 2
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Foolish comment!

He had to switch clubs as Nike ceased making golf clubs.
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23/02/2021 09:23:43 0 0
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What did you expect him to do when Nike stopped making clubs? Stock up on a few secondhand sets from EBay?
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23/02/2021 11:26:09 0 1
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And before that, he was also crap because he switched clubs. Load of nonsense.
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23/02/2021 08:04:48 7 2
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It's because he's playing with his driver in his ear instead of in his hands. His coach should tell him!
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23/02/2021 07:56:34 4 1
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Drive for show, putt for dough - applies perfectly to Rory.
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23/02/2021 08:09:43 3 5
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Putt for dough, drive for more dough is how it really is.
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23/02/2021 08:09:48 5 3
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All tour players have an off week occasionally, De Chambeau and Thomas also missed the cut if I'm not mistaken.

Maybe it will just give him the prod he needs. His game looks good from what I have seen since the start of the year. Mentally he is very strong and Rory will not be too concerned with two poor rounds on the bounce.

It's a nothing story really.
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23/02/2021 08:11:35 15 2
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I love watching Rory play, and am one of his biggest fans, but lately it has become sad to watch. How can such a fantastic player be so poor with a wedge in his hand? He should have won 8 majors by now with his talent.
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23/02/2021 12:38:30 0 0
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I agree and at times it looks like he is hitting garden spades not wedges
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23/02/2021 16:55:01 1 0
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Agreed. No doubt his putting became more consistent but his approach play in the context of top pros is appalling. He's quite capable of missing a green from the middle of the fairway with a wedge - that's horrific.
I'm a massive fan too and he comes from a few miles away from me. I tune in every time he plays hoping ... but he just doesn't have the work ethic or interest like DJ.
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23/02/2021 08:11:43 3 1
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I don't think he has handled the pressure of mega stardom particularly well. The expectation. His swing also looks a lot more forced than it did when he was younger, especially with his irons. He doesn't have that free flowing smooth feel to his short game either. He's always been streaky as well. I do feel like one big win would open the floodgates for more, but has he got the mental stamina?
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23/02/2021 08:13:52 8 2
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Fact is its just really hard to win with the depth of the fields these days.
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23/02/2021 08:14:54 1 5
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It makes watching golf much more interesting when McIlroy and other British players are contending. After so much success I believe it is hard for him to be sufficiently interested and motivated. Always one of the most popular players, I think he needs the presence of a gallery. The lack of wins coincides with the start of the pandemic.
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23/02/2021 08:15:05 28 9
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More cap-doffing by Iain Carter. He's obsessed. Rory is a "cult" to him.
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23/02/2021 08:15:41 13 1
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The GMen's last point is key. I genuinely don't think he has the desire at the moment, he knows with his talent he can wing it most weeks and be on the fringes of contention and on odd occasions the putting will come together and he may win. But looks like he isn't too bothered which is something he may regret in a decade as a great talent looks like being wasted.
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23/02/2021 08:45:46 13 0
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I agree - and have always said this about Rory. One of the most naturally talented of the modern crop, but he's not actually got that burning steel core that HAS to win. Sure, he likes to win, but it's not a need in him. That said, I see downsides with the Woods, Reed, DeChambeau, Faldo types too.
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23/02/2021 08:17:45 7 10
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Rory had to switch clubs not out of greed but necessity as Nike stopped making golf clubs !! Get your facts right and learn something about the game.
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23/02/2021 09:14:50 0 0
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JayBeeBee, I didn't know Nike had stopped making golf clubs, when did they stop? They still sponsor him though. He'd be better off going to Under Armour,just look at Jordan Spieth he's getting back to his best. I'm still going to have a punt on Rory @Masters.
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23/02/2021 08:03:44 6 1
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There is no questioning that McIlroy has a natural ability.
However there are 2 recurring questions which are regularly asked.
The first relates to judgement, he too often plays unnecessarily risky shorts in favour of a more simple ones which would keep his ball in play.
Also his putting isn’t consistent enough at the top level.
The second is whether he still has the appetite and desire.
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23/02/2021 08:24:37 5 3
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Arithmetic clearly not your strong point but you make valid points nonetheless. Perhaps an established caddy would help the first? His putting has always been streaky and that hasn't stopped him winning 4 majors, the Players , the Tour Championship, Fed Ex cup/Race to Dubai etc.
Your last point is more difficult to quantify but, particularly in respect of majors, perhaps he wants it too much?
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23/02/2021 08:32:33 4 4
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Who?
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23/02/2021 08:44:22 6 2
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Their UK tour dates have been cancelled mate, you need the Ticketmaster web site.
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Roy
23/02/2021 08:34:19 5 2
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Its a pity to see how far down the field Rory now is. There seems also to be this trait of only doing well when out of contention. He has been out of things so long now he may never get back.
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23/02/2021 08:42:17 5 4
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hes an ok player, but thought he was a little bit over rated at times
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Roy
23/02/2021 08:34:19 5 2
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Its a pity to see how far down the field Rory now is. There seems also to be this trait of only doing well when out of contention. He has been out of things so long now he may never get back.
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23/02/2021 08:42:17 5 4
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hes an ok player, but thought he was a little bit over rated at times
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23/02/2021 08:54:53 3 5
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Going solely by Majors =20th in the history of the game (and still only 31) played by millions worldwide but you think he's only 'ok'.

Golf not your subject really is it.
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23/02/2021 08:43:43 30 0
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There are a number of golfers in the history of the game who were winning consistently but then decided to change, clubs, swings , caddies and more, and then found that they could not perform at the level to which they were accustomed.

They forgot the old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it"

Nice to see a steady return to form from Molinari with another top 10 at the weekend.
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23/02/2021 08:32:33 4 4
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Who?
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23/02/2021 08:44:22 6 2
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Their UK tour dates have been cancelled mate, you need the Ticketmaster web site.
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23/02/2021 08:44:47 5 2
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McIlroy has become consistently inconsistent. To win competition's again he has to out perform the best in the world. And right now the others are far better, and reliable, than him. I don't believe he can put four decent rounds together to compete and win.
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23/02/2021 08:45:02 53 3
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The answer lies close to home - Harry Diamond is a mate not a professional caddy. Rory won regularly when JP was on the bag.
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23/02/2021 09:04:14 30 1
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Completely agree. The dynamics have changed. Active not passive caddying needs to be restored. Even the best players need to be "managed" on the course.
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23/02/2021 10:04:10 4 0
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Absolutely - no dynamic whatsoever between them
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23/02/2021 11:49:15 3 0
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good point. JP would get stern with Rory when he was choking and get him over the line. Harry doesn't want the confrontation with his mate.
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23/02/2021 12:22:55 6 5
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Nonsense.
He's both - no one is moaning about Fleetwood and Finnis and they have practically the same relationship.
HD is good for Rory, they have accomplished plenty together and there's more to come.
2 Fed Ex Cups, The Players, 4 wins in 2019 - such a failure!!!
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23/02/2021 13:20:36 1 0
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Spot on. There is absolutely no discussion between caddy and player regarding club selection, strategy or line. Rory may believe he doesn’t need advice but just someone agreeing that you’ve made the right choice helps. I think Rory understands this but now that he’s taken Harry out there and given him the lifestyle, how can he sack him ‘cos I can’t see anybody else giving him a bag.
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24/02/2021 10:22:12 0 0
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Spot on . All Harry does in carry the bag , he gives Rory no assistance at all on the course. Where you hear other caddies talking to there golfer all Harry is doing is smiling and picking up a bit of cash , he is crap
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24/02/2021 11:44:38 0 0
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Indeed, and it's been clear for some time that McIlroy is lacking the reassurance and guidance of a top caddy. He seems to enjoy having his mate as caddy, and maybe he could continue with that arrangement in some tournaments. However, if he hopes to win more majors, he needs a proper caddy on his bag.
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23/02/2021 08:45:29 23 5
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Other golfers are available ...
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Not on this website they aren't.
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23/02/2021 08:15:41 13 1
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The GMen's last point is key. I genuinely don't think he has the desire at the moment, he knows with his talent he can wing it most weeks and be on the fringes of contention and on odd occasions the putting will come together and he may win. But looks like he isn't too bothered which is something he may regret in a decade as a great talent looks like being wasted.
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23/02/2021 08:45:46 13 0
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I agree - and have always said this about Rory. One of the most naturally talented of the modern crop, but he's not actually got that burning steel core that HAS to win. Sure, he likes to win, but it's not a need in him. That said, I see downsides with the Woods, Reed, DeChambeau, Faldo types too.
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23/02/2021 08:47:21 10 8
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Too much money with a poor attitude...
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23/02/2021 08:58:33 8 7
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What a ridiculous comment, a true competitor and if you put your green eyed goggles away a pretty decent bloke!
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23/02/2021 10:15:46 1 3
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He earned the money - & what poor attitude?
Is anyone & particular youngsters who achieve with a swagger, who's a bit chipper & wanting to exude confidence fair game?
I still think that Beckham's passes were pixel perfect, Giggs made the ball sing, Jamie Oliver is brilliant & I'd be proud if Lewis Hamilton was my son...all youngsters epitomising the above - and all roundly trolled - why? Jealousy?
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23/02/2021 11:07:59 0 1
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He is a good guy. I have seen him stand for over an hour signing autographs and talking to kids. Not many pros in any sport would do that. He has bad runs before but always bounces back.
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23/02/2021 08:48:31 9 7
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When you get married and have a kid, your priorities in life change. Especially if you are a well-balanced individual. Rory will be back-he is simply too good not to.
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23/02/2021 08:04:31 5 7
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McIlroy has been crap since he switched clubs. Shouldn’t have been so greedy.
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Ian
23/02/2021 08:50:59 4 2
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Foolish comment!

He had to switch clubs as Nike ceased making golf clubs.
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23/02/2021 08:53:09 3 3
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Has become 2nd page news. Wont threaten Faldo on 6 majors. Nice guy who has had a brief spell at the top. Biggest mistake was employing a friend as caddy. Consigned to golfing history now.
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23/02/2021 14:34:01 1 1
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I'd rather like an out of form McIlroy than Faldo any day. Arrogant bloke, no wonder he was a useless Ryder Cup Captain. Great player though.
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23/02/2021 08:53:15 4 2
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He lacks the consistency of todays top players, that's either through dedication to practice or mental toughness he has the ability but needs to sort himself out or he's an also ran.
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23/02/2021 17:01:48 0 0
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What?

First missed cut in 30 tournaments and this time last year, he was the most consistent golfer on the PGA in terms of top 10 finishes and was Word No 1?
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23/02/2021 08:53:49 8 3
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Compared not 'compered'. If you are writing articles for the BBC then get your spelling right...or actually writing for anything...
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23/02/2021 09:27:15 2 1
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Compère Hughie Green springs to mind!
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23/02/2021 08:42:17 5 4
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hes an ok player, but thought he was a little bit over rated at times
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23/02/2021 08:54:53 3 5
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Going solely by Majors =20th in the history of the game (and still only 31) played by millions worldwide but you think he's only 'ok'.

Golf not your subject really is it.
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23/02/2021 09:34:35 3 3
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my opinion is as valuable as yours, stop being so elitist
hes an ok player, no consistency, not to say a bit boring
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23/02/2021 23:23:29 1 0
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To use an equivalent solo sport, how much adoration would the =20th best ever tennis player get?
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Ian
23/02/2021 08:55:35 20 2
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Over the last few weeks he's played in California apart from a week in the M East. He's probably tired and homesick.

Must be awful being a multimillionaire sportsman these days!

By the way many more "good" golfers have suffered or are suffering a slump in form. Spieth and Day are examples.

Why is it always about Rory.

How about an article on upcoming British golfers?
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23/02/2021 08:03:44 6 1
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There is no questioning that McIlroy has a natural ability.
However there are 2 recurring questions which are regularly asked.
The first relates to judgement, he too often plays unnecessarily risky shorts in favour of a more simple ones which would keep his ball in play.
Also his putting isn’t consistent enough at the top level.
The second is whether he still has the appetite and desire.
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23/02/2021 08:55:51 1 0
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A top class caddy would surely help him to overcome these traits.
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23/02/2021 08:47:21 10 8
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Too much money with a poor attitude...
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23/02/2021 08:58:33 8 7
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What a ridiculous comment, a true competitor and if you put your green eyed goggles away a pretty decent bloke!
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23/02/2021 08:58:41 6 5
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What a needless article. Nothing more than an invitation for a pile-in on Rory. Feeds the usual hate-filled trolls.
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23/02/2021 09:05:39 1 1
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There are always going to be trolls, but the vast majority of comments (so far!) seem fairly measured and thought out. That's not the same as being correct though - nobody really knows why McIlroy is not winning or even contending more regularly, not even Rory himself it seems.
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23/02/2021 08:59:07 9 1
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He's not that out of form. He was challenging in a couple of tournaments recently before fading in the final round. Golf is ultra competitive at the moment, the top players are all winning. I do wonder if Rory having his mate on the bag is a good idea? When any tiny improvement can be crucial, I feel this is one way Rory can be more professional and could lead to another win
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23/02/2021 09:02:58 4 0
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The ranking system allows under performing players to wallow around in the top 50 or so players in the world for too long. If it were altered, so player who were not performing would drop down the ranks quicker, you may see a bit more concern and effort from certain players
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23/02/2021 14:25:36 0 0
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Yes positive play increases your standing, negative play should see a reduction and not stand still
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23/02/2021 08:45:02 53 3
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The answer lies close to home - Harry Diamond is a mate not a professional caddy. Rory won regularly when JP was on the bag.
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23/02/2021 09:04:14 30 1
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Completely agree. The dynamics have changed. Active not passive caddying needs to be restored. Even the best players need to be "managed" on the course.
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23/02/2021 08:58:41 6 5
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What a needless article. Nothing more than an invitation for a pile-in on Rory. Feeds the usual hate-filled trolls.
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23/02/2021 09:05:39 1 1
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There are always going to be trolls, but the vast majority of comments (so far!) seem fairly measured and thought out. That's not the same as being correct though - nobody really knows why McIlroy is not winning or even contending more regularly, not even Rory himself it seems.
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23/02/2021 09:09:06 1 1
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Just wait. Bod and Maksi will wake up soon. Mindless hatred
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23/02/2021 09:06:34 15 14
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Not a fan so couldn’t care less about his form, missing the cut by 7 shots and he gets a write up? There are others playing far better presently and they go unnoticed, he is a bottler.
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23/02/2021 09:24:45 10 7
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Tired repetitive hateful drivel from BOD. Sad to see.
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bob
23/02/2021 10:50:21 2 0
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He is not hitting enough fairways, his wedge game is not good enough and his putting is frankly awful most of the time. These things are improved by putting in the hard yards on the practice grounds. Bottle has nothing to do with it.
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23/02/2021 09:08:38 2 2
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I think with the Ryder Cup in U.S.A. This year we need Rory to stand up and be counted! I also think we've got a great chance of winning it over there for a change.
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23/02/2021 09:23:17 5 0
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For a change? They've had a decent record in the US in recent times.
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23/02/2021 09:05:39 1 1
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There are always going to be trolls, but the vast majority of comments (so far!) seem fairly measured and thought out. That's not the same as being correct though - nobody really knows why McIlroy is not winning or even contending more regularly, not even Rory himself it seems.
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23/02/2021 09:09:06 1 1
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Just wait. Bod and Maksi will wake up soon. Mindless hatred
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23/02/2021 08:17:45 7 10
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Rory had to switch clubs not out of greed but necessity as Nike stopped making golf clubs !! Get your facts right and learn something about the game.
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23/02/2021 09:14:50 0 0
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JayBeeBee, I didn't know Nike had stopped making golf clubs, when did they stop? They still sponsor him though. He'd be better off going to Under Armour,just look at Jordan Spieth he's getting back to his best. I'm still going to have a punt on Rory @Masters.
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23/02/2021 09:15:38 7 0
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Problem is the rest of the worlds golfers are making it harder fo him as well.
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23/02/2021 09:20:22 2 1
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Rory thrives in atmosphere. I think the lack of crowds has affected him more than most, whereas it's helped a lot of newcomers. He's had to bubble up with his caddy so he's happy with a mate. I'd expect he'd make the change when normality returns.
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23/02/2021 09:20:33 2 2
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I still think he needs a "proper" caddy he might listen to rather than"mates"!!
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:48:57 2 0
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He's won the Arnold Palmer, Players, Canadian Open, Fedex and a WGC and got back to world no.1 for the first time since 2015 with him. Harry isn't the issue.
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23/02/2021 10:05:39 0 2
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I'd agree
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23/02/2021 09:08:38 2 2
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I think with the Ryder Cup in U.S.A. This year we need Rory to stand up and be counted! I also think we've got a great chance of winning it over there for a change.
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23/02/2021 09:23:17 5 0
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For a change? They've had a decent record in the US in recent times.
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23/02/2021 09:23:25 41 1
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I’m not a golf coach but looking at the headline picture he’s doing it wrong I think.
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23/02/2021 09:40:32 14 0
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I can't see Taylormade using that particular shot in their marketing material.
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23/02/2021 09:48:39 4 0
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That said the clubface and the peak of his cap are beautifully parallel!
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23/02/2021 10:05:21 1 1
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he he
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23/02/2021 11:24:07 1 0
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Brilliant ??????
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23/02/2021 13:38:55 1 0
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Best Peter Crouch robot dance impersonation I've seen in awhile. Maybe that's why his golf has suffered.
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23/02/2021 08:04:31 5 7
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McIlroy has been crap since he switched clubs. Shouldn’t have been so greedy.
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23/02/2021 09:23:43 0 0
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What did you expect him to do when Nike stopped making clubs? Stock up on a few secondhand sets from EBay?
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23/02/2021 09:06:34 15 14
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Not a fan so couldn’t care less about his form, missing the cut by 7 shots and he gets a write up? There are others playing far better presently and they go unnoticed, he is a bottler.
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23/02/2021 09:24:45 10 7
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Tired repetitive hateful drivel from BOD. Sad to see.
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23/02/2021 09:26:24 3 3
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Give Rory a break, He’s a great player and will bounce back from a very small blimp. Having a baby changes your life and that’s the priority. Look at the troubles Tiger woods went through and he came back and won another Major, his problem were a lot more worse than Rory.
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23/02/2021 11:12:16 0 1
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A comparison to tiger, pleeeeease.... they are galaxy’s apart in terms of achievement....
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23/02/2021 08:53:49 8 3
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Compared not 'compered'. If you are writing articles for the BBC then get your spelling right...or actually writing for anything...
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23/02/2021 09:27:15 2 1
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Compère Hughie Green springs to mind!
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23/02/2021 09:27:42 2 1
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I said before those irons Don't suit him. Get his vokeys back in the bag and be stiffing them again
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23/02/2021 09:24:45 10 7
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Tired repetitive hateful drivel from BOD. Sad to see.
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23/02/2021 09:28:53 14 0
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Harry doesn't hit the shots. McIlroy is a feel player and a streak putter. Just because he smashes is consistently from the teebox does not mean he is consistently awesome from 160yds and in. He simply isn't.

But it will click and he will have a patch when he cuts proximity to the pin in half, finds 3 eagles over 72 holes and doesn't miss from 8 foot and in. Small margins.
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23/02/2021 09:26:24 3 3
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Give Rory a break, He’s a great player and will bounce back from a very small blimp. Having a baby changes your life and that’s the priority. Look at the troubles Tiger woods went through and he came back and won another Major, his problem were a lot more worse than Rory.
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23/02/2021 09:31:49 7 1
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I've said it before i'll say it again he's too bogged down with statistics. Looks too much at the negatives and looses confidence.
He plays his best when he just goes out there and plays golf. Just look at how he switches it round and plays brilliant in round 2 and 3 after a blowup 1st round.
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23/02/2021 08:54:53 3 5
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Going solely by Majors =20th in the history of the game (and still only 31) played by millions worldwide but you think he's only 'ok'.

Golf not your subject really is it.
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23/02/2021 09:34:35 3 3
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my opinion is as valuable as yours, stop being so elitist
hes an ok player, no consistency, not to say a bit boring
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Roy
23/02/2021 10:18:02 2 0
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Sorry to say, OK just about sums up this once exciting player.
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23/02/2021 14:34:47 0 0
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Where did I say your opinion wasn't? I merely point out that you appear to know little about the history of golf if you think he is merely 'OK' given his record. That has nothing to do with elitism.

Neither is being inconsistent and boring a sign of an 'ok' golfer either. Tiger still loses 7/8 out of 10 tournaments he's ever entered an Faldo wasn't exactly charismatic. Done ok though ??

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23/02/2021 09:35:21 2 3
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He is world class, obviously, but has he got the drive and hunger of the Greats to reach his former heights? I'm not sure
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23/02/2021 09:23:25 41 1
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I’m not a golf coach but looking at the headline picture he’s doing it wrong I think.
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23/02/2021 09:40:32 14 0
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I can't see Taylormade using that particular shot in their marketing material.
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23/02/2021 09:41:10 1 1
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I’m sorry I know nothing about golf, but can someone explain that picture at the top of the Article. Did the club slip mid swing or something?
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:46:30 0 2
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He hit a shot left and dropped it at the top of his follow through
77
23/02/2021 09:55:39 2 1
bbc
It's a standard technique. It's called "releasing the club" and adds speed to the shot. Try it yourself.
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23/02/2021 10:02:59 1 0
bbc
Morning - he threw the club up in the air after a wayward shot and then in trying to catch it managed to have it spin round and plonk him on the head. Rather timidly it might be said. You would be correct in your assumption that this is not a usual golf posture!
64
23/02/2021 09:41:10 1 1
bbc
I’m sorry I know nothing about golf, but can someone explain that picture at the top of the Article. Did the club slip mid swing or something?
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:46:30 0 2
bbc
He hit a shot left and dropped it at the top of his follow through
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23/02/2021 09:47:04 2 2
bbc
Form is temporary, class is permanent, but the game is now much more competitive too with several "world class" players able to annihilate courses. He will win again, just maybe not so easily.......
80
23/02/2021 10:02:16 3 2
bbc
Daftest phrase ever
Would you suggest Nick Faldo could return to playing ?
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RSO
23/02/2021 09:48:25 1 1
bbc
the wend is nigh
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23/02/2021 09:23:25 41 1
bbc
I’m not a golf coach but looking at the headline picture he’s doing it wrong I think.
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23/02/2021 09:48:39 4 0
bbc
That said the clubface and the peak of his cap are beautifully parallel!
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23/02/2021 09:20:33 2 2
bbc
I still think he needs a "proper" caddy he might listen to rather than"mates"!!
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:48:57 2 0
bbc
He's won the Arnold Palmer, Players, Canadian Open, Fedex and a WGC and got back to world no.1 for the first time since 2015 with him. Harry isn't the issue.
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23/02/2021 09:51:06 0 1
bbc
Concession Golf Club, home of the Concession Cup.
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23/02/2021 09:52:12 2 1
bbc
He has prodigious talent, He can still do it, with a will to win & enough dedication...if he's minded to
Based on his performance ...seems his game plan needs to be to identify the things which are not aligned with winning: is it mindset, drive/desire, pre-preparation, practice (approach 119, green 123, putting 114), caddy (change), decision making i.e. choice of club/shot...etc

Good luck Rory
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:54:23 1 1
bbc
I think it's just a matter of time and belief.
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23/02/2021 10:06:14 2 0
bbc
Agree with all of this. DJ was such a poor wedge player but clearly dedicated himself to improving it and look what that did for him. And his brother is clearly one of the best green readers around, not sure Rory could say the same for Harry. Agree it’s time for a proper caddy, one that can read a green
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23/02/2021 09:53:18 4 0
bbc
In comparison to tour standards he has always been an average wedge player and a poor putter. When he does these well he's in contention to win every week, when he runs hot on either he wins easy but more often than not, they let him down. Harsh assessment given how talented he is but if you are top of the tree and the endorsements and media attention that comes with it your game is under scrutiny
73
23/02/2021 09:53:35 4 1
bbc
He has a tendency to drop his head when things go wrong. 'Bouncebackabililty' although a hugely annoying word, is a very important psychological measure in the game of golf. The best golfers frequently follow a bogey with a birdie, Rory doesn't seem to manage and often compounds the problem on the next hole. That is a flaw in mentality and psychological approach, not technique or golfing ability.
78
23/02/2021 09:56:56 8 3
bbc
Bouncebackability ... a word invented by sports commentators and football managers because they forgot that the word resilience already existed.
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23/02/2021 09:54:12 3 7
bbc
BBC. I guess you let the 'office intern' pick that photo- awful, awful journalism.
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23/02/2021 10:20:33 1 0
bbc
That's so BBC with all of their reporting, lazy and just filling up column inches with it too
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23/02/2021 10:38:38 0 0
bbc
Im guessing you have no idea when that photo was taken?
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23/02/2021 09:52:12 2 1
bbc
He has prodigious talent, He can still do it, with a will to win & enough dedication...if he's minded to
Based on his performance ...seems his game plan needs to be to identify the things which are not aligned with winning: is it mindset, drive/desire, pre-preparation, practice (approach 119, green 123, putting 114), caddy (change), decision making i.e. choice of club/shot...etc

Good luck Rory
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Ben
23/02/2021 09:54:23 1 1
bbc
I think it's just a matter of time and belief.
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23/02/2021 09:55:27 1 0
bbc
The stats there say it all. To win you need to be top on most aspects of the game not just one. Bryson has won a few recently as his iron play as well as his driving has been decent. You give yourself a chance with more puts at a higher percentage success rate. However, he has never been one of the worlds best putters. He has every chance to win another major(s). Like any sport. Keep working hard!
64
23/02/2021 09:41:10 1 1
bbc
I’m sorry I know nothing about golf, but can someone explain that picture at the top of the Article. Did the club slip mid swing or something?
77
23/02/2021 09:55:39 2 1
bbc
It's a standard technique. It's called "releasing the club" and adds speed to the shot. Try it yourself.
73
23/02/2021 09:53:35 4 1
bbc
He has a tendency to drop his head when things go wrong. 'Bouncebackabililty' although a hugely annoying word, is a very important psychological measure in the game of golf. The best golfers frequently follow a bogey with a birdie, Rory doesn't seem to manage and often compounds the problem on the next hole. That is a flaw in mentality and psychological approach, not technique or golfing ability.
78
23/02/2021 09:56:56 8 3
bbc
Bouncebackability ... a word invented by sports commentators and football managers because they forgot that the word resilience already existed.
97
23/02/2021 10:22:35 2 0
bbc
Oxford English dictionary meaning - Resilience - a word that footballers do not understand, hence bouncebackability
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23/02/2021 10:00:00 1 1
bbc
I wish I had even an iota of his talent, but his problem has long been that he's not consistently good enough from 100 yards in and needs to focus his development work there, rather than finding yet another ten yards off the tee. I also hope he avoids doing any more pre-Major interviews about how good he's feeling before finishing T23/posting a 64 on the last day when he's already well out of it.
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23/02/2021 09:47:04 2 2
bbc
Form is temporary, class is permanent, but the game is now much more competitive too with several "world class" players able to annihilate courses. He will win again, just maybe not so easily.......
80
23/02/2021 10:02:16 3 2
bbc
Daftest phrase ever
Would you suggest Nick Faldo could return to playing ?
64
23/02/2021 09:41:10 1 1
bbc
I’m sorry I know nothing about golf, but can someone explain that picture at the top of the Article. Did the club slip mid swing or something?
81
23/02/2021 10:02:59 1 0
bbc
Morning - he threw the club up in the air after a wayward shot and then in trying to catch it managed to have it spin round and plonk him on the head. Rather timidly it might be said. You would be correct in your assumption that this is not a usual golf posture!
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23/02/2021 10:03:06 0 1
bbc
'Over-thinking it?'...they're probably correct, sport's also a head game

Jordan (ranked was it 81/91?) won Welsh snooker at weekend by holding to his belief he was playing the table & his game...not Ronnie

He'd done much the same in 3 previous rounds, beating higher ranked opposition in deciding frames

To improve, Rory needs to similarly concentrate on his own game/the course with a good caddie
25
23/02/2021 08:45:02 53 3
bbc
The answer lies close to home - Harry Diamond is a mate not a professional caddy. Rory won regularly when JP was on the bag.
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23/02/2021 10:04:10 4 0
bbc
Absolutely - no dynamic whatsoever between them
51
23/02/2021 09:23:25 41 1
bbc
I’m not a golf coach but looking at the headline picture he’s doing it wrong I think.
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23/02/2021 10:05:21 1 1
bbc
he he
49
23/02/2021 09:20:33 2 2
bbc
I still think he needs a "proper" caddy he might listen to rather than"mates"!!
85
23/02/2021 10:05:39 0 2
bbc
I'd agree
71
23/02/2021 09:52:12 2 1
bbc
He has prodigious talent, He can still do it, with a will to win & enough dedication...if he's minded to
Based on his performance ...seems his game plan needs to be to identify the things which are not aligned with winning: is it mindset, drive/desire, pre-preparation, practice (approach 119, green 123, putting 114), caddy (change), decision making i.e. choice of club/shot...etc

Good luck Rory
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23/02/2021 10:06:14 2 0
bbc
Agree with all of this. DJ was such a poor wedge player but clearly dedicated himself to improving it and look what that did for him. And his brother is clearly one of the best green readers around, not sure Rory could say the same for Harry. Agree it’s time for a proper caddy, one that can read a green
87
23/02/2021 10:09:40 4 6
bbc
Watching him go from the bunker to the water in the last Ryder cup was superb. Fantastic Viewing.
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23/02/2021 10:37:34 1 1
bbc
American?
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23/02/2021 10:13:12 13 1
bbc
I wouldn’t be worried if I was him, and he won’t be. 500 million in bank and travelling the world playing golf at the best courses. Aye I wouldn’t swap my life for his :-) wow he had one bad round. Who cares.
90
23/02/2021 10:17:12 3 0
bbc
Spot on
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23/02/2021 10:22:24 0 1
bbc
I think it is more like £87million or $122,000,000 but I guess at 31 years of age he is set for life financially if he uses his wealth wisely...good luck to him, I wish him all the best
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23/02/2021 12:03:43 1 0
bbc
Only trouble is, it's not just one bad round. This time it was two - only five others scored worse in the field. And he's been chucking in one or more bad rounds for years now, so much that four good ones in a row is the exception not the rule. He's so talented he can usually play round this and still place well, but that won't win him another major.
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23/02/2021 12:17:53 0 2
bbc
Didn't realise one bad round lasted 22 months.
Who cares? Obviously not him.
Got his cash, well done. All of it down to talent and not (strange) marketability from a decade ago?
Other golfers win cash and trophies.
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24/02/2021 12:40:54 0 0
bbc
Yes, but most golf fans aren't interested in a player's wealth and lifestyle. We just want to see McIlroy playing well, which he now seldom does.
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23/02/2021 08:47:21 10 8
bbc
Too much money with a poor attitude...
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23/02/2021 10:15:46 1 3
bbc
He earned the money - & what poor attitude?
Is anyone & particular youngsters who achieve with a swagger, who's a bit chipper & wanting to exude confidence fair game?
I still think that Beckham's passes were pixel perfect, Giggs made the ball sing, Jamie Oliver is brilliant & I'd be proud if Lewis Hamilton was my son...all youngsters epitomising the above - and all roundly trolled - why? Jealousy?
88
23/02/2021 10:13:12 13 1
bbc
I wouldn’t be worried if I was him, and he won’t be. 500 million in bank and travelling the world playing golf at the best courses. Aye I wouldn’t swap my life for his :-) wow he had one bad round. Who cares.
90
23/02/2021 10:17:12 3 0
bbc
Spot on
91
23/02/2021 10:17:55 2 1
bbc
Doesn't need any more money, just title hunting so I have no idea why he can't just truck up every week relaxed and have a laugh. It's the guys with no money from week to week that have all of the pressure on them
108
23/02/2021 10:42:39 3 6
bbc
five star life, loads of money, just have fun for titles
Sick of his miserable face
Time he added some personality to the game , gave a bit back perhaps
121
23/02/2021 10:53:32 0 1
bbc
Just because he has money doesn't mean he has no pressure....just different pressure such as the weight of expectation to win again. I'm sure he has his own expectations just like everyone does.
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23/02/2021 09:34:35 3 3
bbc
my opinion is as valuable as yours, stop being so elitist
hes an ok player, no consistency, not to say a bit boring
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Roy
23/02/2021 10:18:02 2 0
bbc
Sorry to say, OK just about sums up this once exciting player.
93
23/02/2021 10:20:31 1 5
bbc
Why are the BBC obsessed with the Irishman when we have Tyrrell Hatton, a Brit above an Irishman...

Oops forgot, their hatred of anything British and success.
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23/02/2021 10:24:50 3 0
bbc
Slightly odd comments about nationality there, suggesting that the national broadcaster hates its own citizens.

Leaving that aside, Hatton is at a career high and has still won zero majors. Would be great if he won a few, but he hasn't yet, and missed the cut in all 3 majors last year.
74
23/02/2021 09:54:12 3 7
bbc
BBC. I guess you let the 'office intern' pick that photo- awful, awful journalism.
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23/02/2021 10:20:33 1 0
bbc
That's so BBC with all of their reporting, lazy and just filling up column inches with it too
95
23/02/2021 10:21:56 6 0
bbc
Quite frankly I don't give a monkeys. Now golf courses opening at the end of March. Well that is news worthy. Fresh air great company and hopefully a decent round. Also after.
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23/02/2021 10:25:39 2 0
bbc
That might have made a better topic for an article, the fact that we can get out again in a few weeks time.
88
23/02/2021 10:13:12 13 1
bbc
I wouldn’t be worried if I was him, and he won’t be. 500 million in bank and travelling the world playing golf at the best courses. Aye I wouldn’t swap my life for his :-) wow he had one bad round. Who cares.
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23/02/2021 10:22:24 0 1
bbc
I think it is more like £87million or $122,000,000 but I guess at 31 years of age he is set for life financially if he uses his wealth wisely...good luck to him, I wish him all the best
78
23/02/2021 09:56:56 8 3
bbc
Bouncebackability ... a word invented by sports commentators and football managers because they forgot that the word resilience already existed.
97
23/02/2021 10:22:35 2 0
bbc
Oxford English dictionary meaning - Resilience - a word that footballers do not understand, hence bouncebackability
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23/02/2021 12:20:17 1 0
bbc
Not just footballer's that don't understand resilience.
As I believe Twonotrumps was pointing out.
93
23/02/2021 10:20:31 1 5
bbc
Why are the BBC obsessed with the Irishman when we have Tyrrell Hatton, a Brit above an Irishman...

Oops forgot, their hatred of anything British and success.
98
23/02/2021 10:24:50 3 0
bbc
Slightly odd comments about nationality there, suggesting that the national broadcaster hates its own citizens.

Leaving that aside, Hatton is at a career high and has still won zero majors. Would be great if he won a few, but he hasn't yet, and missed the cut in all 3 majors last year.
95
23/02/2021 10:21:56 6 0
bbc
Quite frankly I don't give a monkeys. Now golf courses opening at the end of March. Well that is news worthy. Fresh air great company and hopefully a decent round. Also after.
99
23/02/2021 10:25:39 2 0
bbc
That might have made a better topic for an article, the fact that we can get out again in a few weeks time.
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23/02/2021 10:47:00 2 1
bbc
Got out for 18 yesterday Jimmy.

Golf is like Balsam for the soul, and it was even more nice playing on a course that was green, not white, and the temp was +8, not -11, and the Titleist Pro V1 was white and not red/orange/yellow.

Good to hear you boys will be out there pretty soon.
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23/02/2021 10:33:32 0 1
bbc
rorys bank balance = OOO AAR BOLLINGER
which leads me onto
1/there is too much money in golf-gene sarazen
2/there is no bigger schmuck than a golfer with a checkbook-deane beman