Lagavulin62, on 08 July 2018 - 01:26 PM, said:
JonnyKrasnodar, on 08 July 2018 - 12:49 PM, said:
More arrogant and misadvised comments from McIlroy. His PR team are as bad as his putting coach...can't seem to go a few weeks without making incredibly crass comments.
No doubt he'll be the first to wonder why his popularity and fanbase has shrunk.
Whatever happened to playing to win? I must be old fashioned or something. Good luck to him.
I donít get any of that from those quotes. All he is saying is life has priorities. All of us approach life that way for the most part. Those that only focus on career, neglecting family, physical and mental health pay the price. That doesnít mean heís not focused when he is playing. Everyone has to find that balance that works for them.
His comments make him more likeable to many fans. Athletes are highly skilled, but they do have a life outside the golf course. Do anything 10-12 hours a day and at some point you will start to see how other pursuits become important.
I totally get that, being successful comes at a huge cost. I know that well albeit not from playing golf. However even if what he says is true, saying it out loud is misadvised. Part of the reason Tiger had people beat before he'd hit a ball on any given week was the fact that everybody knew two things about him:
1) Winning was all he cared about
2) He'd crawl over bodies to do it
Rory tees it up others will be looking at him knowing they can take him. Where's the threat from someone who's admitted he's not bothered about winning?
That'd be like me going into the boardroom driving for a hard sale after letting everyone know I'm not fussed whether it goes through or not or that I can't handle the pressure on me to bring it home.
As noble as it sounds to say your family, wife, kids, other interests etc matter more than your job being open about it at a high level of any career is pretty much burying yourself. He doesn't need the money, I get that. But he's been quite honest about how little he needs golf, his fans or his opportunities in other recent interviews and it comes across very poorly.
The fact other things are important is not what I disagree with, it's how he continually slights golf and its fans. At the end of the day if it's so inconvenient for him to tee it up and compete he can disappear comfortably. Golf doesn't need any more knocks. For a so-called professional & public figure his PR is shocking.
Edited by JonnyKrasnodar, 08 July 2018 - 02:12 PM.