Rory’s Presser Was a Hoot

There were some interesting questions and answers during Rory McIlroy’s pre-Memorial press conference today.  All the quotes in this piece are paraphrases.

Stephanie Wei asked a cringe-worthy question, but give her credit for asking what she wanted to ask, protocol be damned.  The question was hardly the stuff of Woodward and Bernstein, but she had the spine to ask it, and, if the question had to be asked, better a woman asked it.  The question: “The New York Times said you broke up with Wozniacki in a three minute phone call.  Is that true?  Do you have a comment?”  Rory hesitated for a moment, then softly and politely said, “I’m here to talk about my golf.”

During one answer, Rory said he considered himself mature for a 25-year-old, then added, “You’d probably agree, if a couple of my friends were up here with me.”

During another answer, Rory said that events such as the separation from his management team and the equipment change were learning experiences.  He said, as part of his answer, a moment later, “You learn from your mistakes, and hope to do better the next time.”  Was that an admission he considers the Nike deal a mistake?  The management team he fired was the one that did the Nike deal, so maybe we already know that answer.

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2 Responses to Rory’s Presser Was a Hoot

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure why it was commendable for having the spine to ask the question. It was an unnecessary question that pretty much served no purpose.

    Overall, it’s tough for me, personally, to watch pressers because most of the time the reporters in the room as questions we already have the answer to and/or questions that are irrelevant, in this case, to golf.

    • lannyh says:

      In the past, Wei has shown a willingness to go away from the narrative of her fellow writers (such as her coverage of Kevin Na), and that’s what I had in mind. I had mixed views on the question, of course; I called it cringe-worthy, I think. In fact, right after I wrote that blog entry, I tweeted Stephanie, saying, roughly, “Great tough question, can’t wait for you to get tough with Woods and ask him about Biogenesis.”

      A lot of the questions are stupid, no doubt. “Your father brought you to the game, so winning on Father’s Day, what does that mean to you?” (Had the guy won on Columbus Day, his father would not have mattered, I suppose. And, besides, we already know, almost word for word, how that question will be answered. “Oh, it means so much…” “It makes it extra special because…”)

      I think it was a little over two years ago, a reporter at the WGC Match Play asked pretty much every player when, where, and how many times they had been drug-tested in the past year. Then she wrote an article on the PGA Tour’s drug-testing policy. That was good stuff.

      Most reporter questions are indeed vapid, and I was not judging Stephanie’s question so much as I was judging her willingness to ask a question many would frown upon.

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