Rory McIlroy became the No. 1 golfer in the world this weekend with his first place finish at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Florida.
Call me a bandwagon fan if you want (because I’m totally being one), but by doing so, McIlroy became my No. 1 golfer as well.
I’m tired of waiting for Tiger Woods to come around. Had Michael Vick performed as Woods has in his comeback, he’d be begging the Seahawks for a one-year six-digit contract to backup Tarvaris Jackson.
What’s frustrating about Woods’ failure to make a comeback — and continue his run at Jack Nicklaus’ all-time wins record — is that it seems like Tiger-the-great-golfer and Tiger-the-great-person can’t coexist.
It was all the way back in November of 2009 that Tiger wrecked his stupid car into that stupid pole and the whole stupid story came out. He’s one of the great fallen cultural icon stories in American history. Suddenly he wasn’t this 20-year-old prodigy who hugged his dad after he won a major. He was this middle-aged family-betraying sex-addict who believed us when we told him he was a God.
It’s almost like his libido is intrinsically intertwined with his putting stroke. That invaluable edge we all thought he had was really just a bounce in his step from a fun night with a playgirl model.
For about two years now fans have been waiting to see Tiger prove to us and himself that his golf-game is not dependent on his personal life: that anyone — with no matter what crap they have going in their life—could forget their troubles for three hours in a game of golf.
It seems time is not on Tiger’s side. He is 36 now and still needs four more major tournament wins to tie Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18.
Maybe Tiger will come around, maybe not, but I’m tired of being disappointed every time I hear he was about to be the old Tiger again until he missed another pair of five-foot putts.
McIlroy is young, 22, he’s fun to watch, and he doesn’t play with the weight of the world on his shoulders that Tiger’s been playing with since the car-crash.
He’s a wee 5-foot-9 lad from Carryduff, Co. down in Northern Ireland.
The era of Tiger and Phil is drawing to a close and it’s time for casual-golf fans like myself to find some the next great players of our generation. It seems as though McIlroy has the to tools to be one of those players.