Sunday, July 31, 2011

Credit to Rory McIlroy for standing by his caddie

Just a quick post, but it was something that I thought earned a bit more than a tweet.

After all this drama between Tiger Woods and his caddie Steve Williams, it was refreshing to see Rory McIlroy stand up for his bag holder.

McIlroy, who has had a very successful 2011 golf season, winning the US Open and jumping up to number four on the world rankings, responded to Jay Townsend's comments on twitter about caddie JP Fitzgerald's course management, saying "...You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!"

Wow, pretty ballsy for the curly headed Irishmen. Was it harsh? Absolutely. But if McIlroy is going to make a name for himself in the PGA, along with earning the respect of his fellow golfers, then he has to stand by his caddie.

Immediately after the tweet, the media grilled the kid, generally saying that he should know better than to indulge the media through social networking, and that the 22 year old is better than that.

I see it the other way. Here's a young kid, who despite winning a major at such a young age, more than likely doesn't have the full respect of other golfers in the association. I'll admit, I didn't like the kid for a number of reasons; un-earned cockiness, trash talking Tiger when the most talented golfer of all-time hit rock bottom, and having a face that I want to punch mercilessly.

Having said that (Curb Your Enthusiasm reference!), having finally won a major, as well as this latest tweet war, he's got my approval. Which, he obviously has been waiting for since his arrival in professional golf.

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