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Rory thanks fans with Facebook video, answers questions

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Rory McIlroy, who won’t be “home” to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida until February (as he told his Facebook fans), visited the Dublin offices of Facebook today.

He took the opportunity to broadcast live on Facebook (you can do that now?) offering a tour of a portion of the facility that was somewhat lacking. However, he did showcase the employee ping pong table at the facility, which is, well, not fair, as well as assorted sweets and coffee.

It’s unclear exactly what Rory’s plan for video was, beyond thanking fans for 1 million page likes, but the Ulsterman eventually began fielding user questions.

Beyond “what time is it?” and “red or blue?” Rory’s fans had a some interesting questions for the golfing superstar, which punctuated the several awkward silences/moments that make up much of the video until near the four minute mark, when the queries really started rolling in.

Thanking my 1m fans!

Posted by Rory McIlroy on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Here are few highlights.

First, this face, which McIlroy made in response to a user saying s/he’d named a child after McIlroy. “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” McIlroy said.

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Other moments.

He called St. Louis, “Saint Lewey” which is probably excusable from a native European. However, citizens of the Gateway to the West may feel differently.

A passionate Red Devils fan, he’s no fan of Louis van Gaal, which he mentioned twice.

In response to “Who would win a wrestling match: You or Jordan Spieth?” McIlroy said: “Me, obviously.”

He’s never played disc golf. Which is probably good, given what happened last time he had a kickabout with the soccer ball.

He wants to play Cabot Links.

“American football or soccer?” “Both.”

“Augusta is the best course we play all year.”

“Happy Gilmore or Caddyshack?” “Happy Gilmore.” (Blasphemy!)

When asked “G450 or G550?” He responded, “G550.” Presumably the question referred to his preference in GulfStream plane, something 99.99 percent of us won’t have to consider.

He likes dogs! (Phew!)

Favorite club? Driver (Which, if you drove it like he does, would be your favorite, too).

He said he likes golf in Scotland…preferably in the summer, adding to his “fair-weather golfer” reputation.

Offered a very diplomatic answer to “What do you want for Christmas?” “I’m happy with what I have.”

His first club: 5-wood at 18 months old.

Now perhaps you hate social media and its primacy in culture and the media landscape. And yes, McIlroy isn’t the polished, image-and-branding obsessed superstar some might favor. And no, he wasn’t offering penetrating insights or pondering the nature of existence.

But it’s difficult to image the 25,000 people who have liked the McIlroy video on Facebook, the 17,000 commenters, or those who caught Rory live were anything but thrilled with the superstar’s impromptu broadcast.

And as a child who grew up eagerly penning letters to my favorite athletes who eagerly rushed to the mailbox every day to check for replies, it’s nice to see one of best in his sport informally engaging fans through via Facebook. This new order of things, how can it not be good for the fans?

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  1. gvogel

    Dec 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Sounds like he’s going to be in Rochester, NY next week to visit Erica’s family.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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