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McIlroy - Irish or American?

Discussion in 'General Golf Talk' started by IrishGolfer, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    Rory has opted not to play in this year's Irish Open. He has been the tournament ambassador for the last 4 years. He is opting to focus on the Open (in Ireland) instead. But it doesn't seem to have gone down terribly well here in his homeland. He is also limiting his time in Europe to the minimum 4 events required to qualify for the Ryder Cup. The rest of the time he is going to focus on PGA Tour, WGCs and Majors. I get this. I get that he also lives in the US and has an Ameican wife/life.

    It's tough for these guys to make decisions like this. He is very proud of his Irish heritage but he is also determined to focus on where he sees the lowest hanging fruit. But he also should be helping to give back to the European tour. He is a huge draw wherever he goes. Everyone wants a piece of him. He sells tickets, much the same way that Tiger did/does. But the European tour launched his career. I just hope he doesn't turn his back on it completely. Is it all just about the money?

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I don't think he's the only one doing this. They go where the money is and it appears it's in the US.
     
  3. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Politics... professional sports... corporate America... it's all about dollars. We used to see professional ball players stay with a team for close to their entire career. We used to see people remain with the same company their entire working career. Today, athletes are making tens of millions/year but will move to another team for a higher bid. Corporations will let someone go who has given them 15 to 20 years if they can hire a recent college grad and pay him/her a little less. No mind that the new grad may not have the same relationship with customers. No mind.... Get off my soapbox!!

    We were just talking, this morning at the golf course, about the Ryder Cup. It's restricted to U.S. and "European" players. How many on the European team actually have residences in the U.S.? An Australian or a South African can't play in the Ryder Cup because they aren't "European" or "American". Yet, someone like Rory who lives here more than in Europe can be part of the European team.

    I'm not faulting Rory. It's the world we live in today. The world has shrunk to where it is not as difficult to have homes on both sides of the ocean. Society has become so based on dollars, one would think a dolt if they didn't play/go/join/reside where they could make the most money... even if they are multi-millionaires.

    I don't pay a lot of attention, anymore, to who lives where or what. If I do watch golf, I just watch for the shots and don't "follow" one or two players. I'm a fan of the Game, not a player! I enjoy playing much more than watching. The only professional sports I watch is a few of the Chief's games... only because of how exciting Mahommes is. I no longer watch any college sports. I understand such a take is "unAmerican". So be it!
     
  4. TEA Time

    TEA Time Grumpy Gilmore Staff Member Admin

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    Rory's worth $110million so I can't imagine this is about the money. I also wouldn't consider WGCs, Ryder Cups, and majors the "lowest hanging fruit" unless you were speaking in monetary terms.

    Personally, I think he's earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants and he has a lot of years left in him so he's just focusing on those certain things for now.
     
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  5. IrishGolfer

    IrishGolfer Fac ut gaudeam Supporting Member

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    I agree with a lot of this. I see both sides of the fence. Interesting to hear it from others.
     
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  6. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    I'm a "touch each there own" kinda guy. If he wants to quit golf and play checkers with Limp, so be it.
     
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    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    It's not checkers, it's shuffleboard. :D
     
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    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Why not both!?!
     
  9. TheTrueReview

    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    If Rory is going to tank, he might as well do it closer to his Florida home.
     

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