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Rory McIlroy rightfully holds a grudge against former Manchester United midfielder

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Rory McIlroy told reporters at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship he remains scarred by Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane’s refusal to give him an autograph when he was a boy.

Now, to be fair, Roy Keane wasn’t the approachable favorite of adolescents everywhere that, say, his former Manchester United teammate David Beckham was. The Irishman was of the “hardman” mold. Fury, intimidation, aggression, and questionable tackles defined much of the midfielder’s playing career. In short, he wasn’t a guy most children sought out for his signature.

Here’s a taste.

Years ago, McIlroy spotted Keane at a hotel while the footballer was in Ireland for an international match.

“I went and asked him for his autograph at the Portmarnock Links Hotel and he said ‘no’. I’m sure he’s alright, but it sort of stuck with me ever since.”

“I’ve had it go the other way, where I’ve asked someone for an autograph as a kid and they didn’t give it to me and I’ve never liked them since. So if a kid asks me for an autograph, I always try to do it.”

Classy stuff. Most athletes acknowledge they are role models for children. But do you remember how staggeringly significant the players whose posters you hung in your childhood bedroom were? Superhuman in import, athletes are more gods than men to children.

The truth-talking McIlroy gets it exactly right. And Roy Keane should go ahead and send that autograph now.

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  1. Methislife

    Oct 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    People named Andrew have small wieners

  2. Andrew

    Oct 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Only the insecure and immature hold grudges. Everybody else knows this, Rory. Well done.

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Sungjae Im doing ‘Gangnam Style’ at Presidents Cup after-party is the must see video of the year

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If any golfer in the world deserves to let their hair down once in a while, then it’s Sungjae Im.

The 24-year-old was the joint top scoring International player at the Presidents Cup, after a season in which he competed in a whopping 26 events on the PGA Tour.

After a gruelling season and after a stellar performance at Quail Hollow, the South Korean was ready to party, and he did so in the most epic of ways.

In a video posted by Tony Finau, Im led the way at the Presidents Cup party going ‘Gangnam Style’ – debuted by his fellow countryman Psy back in 2012 – and as you can see, it lit up the room with both U.S. and International players cheering him on.

 

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The after-party sure looked like a wild time, as not only did Im show another side to him, but we also got to see Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota, have every U.S. player sign their names on his body.

No doubt some heads were sore on Monday morning, but by the looks of things it was probably worth it.

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Tour pro hit with 4-stroke penalty at Monday-qualifier after committing frustrating error

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During Monday’s qualifier for the Sanderson Farms Championship, former PGA TOUR winner Wesley Bryan was issued a rare penalty.

Carrying 15 clubs is against the rules, and Bryan realized he had one too many when he picked up a 7-iron that wasn’t the one he’d been using.

Bryan didn’t take the penalty too harshly, and even laughed it off after he came to the realization.

“That’s the wrong 7-iron – you can go and add four to my score boys!” Bryan said to his playing partners in Mississippi.

“Yeah we definitely have too many. We have two 7-irons in there – you handed that to me I was like ‘wait a second’ – Can you imagine if we were like 4 or 5-under at this point?”

Bryan was not in contention when he was assessed the four-shot penalty, which I’m sure led to his laid back reaction.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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