Since I’m a gambling man, I’m willing to go out on a limb once again and state that Rory McIlroy may not become the No. 1 male golfer in the world by winning the Honda Classic tournament after holding the 54-hole lead by two strokes.
It is said that golfers, like NFL cornerbacks, must have the ability to immediately forget a bad moment and look forward to the next play or shot. As an amateur sports reporter and avid golf fan, I tend to remember those bad moments and why they happened. I can’t forget McIlroy’s stunning confession or admission after the 2011 Open at Royal St. George’s. At that tournament, golf’s current king-in-waiting claimed he was not a fan of golf tournaments in which the weather was a factor.
McIlroy said, “My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions, I just don’t enjoy playing in, really. That’s the bottom line. I’d rather play when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.”
I’m not predicting an epic collapse similar to his tumble down the leaderboard during the back nine at last year’s Masters tournament. The weather report for the final round has the golfers expecting 25 to 30 mph winds and a 50 percent chance of rain, so it will be interesting to see if McIlroy will be able to ignore the uncomfortable, windy conditions and win the Honda Classic. If he does, then golf’s consensus — best male player in the world without the No. 1 ranking — can finally receive his crown.
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