I spent a good chunk of the final day of my vacation Sunday watching the final round of the U.S. Open. There was no drama but plenty of drama as Rory McIlroy won going away.
Hard to not root for the guy, especially considering the grace in which he handled faltering at the Masters. LeBron James could learn a thing or two from McIlroy in dealing with disappointment.
I’ve heard the words “arrogant” and “swagger” used in connection with McIlroy, but only in the way he attacks the golf course. With the fans, media and his competitors, he projects humility and respect. I never liked Tiger Woods’ aloof persona, even before his problems. This guy, I like. Seems genuine and sincere.
I also like Jason Day. It’s too early to really tell, but perhaps Rory and Jason can become the new Tiger and Phil … but with Jason giving Rory more competition than Phil did Tiger.
Do you care that neither of the brightest young stars on the PGA Tour are American? Doesn’t bother me.