Karen Krouse of the New York Times produced an article so misinformed in basic background information regarding Rory McIlroy that she should be fired on the spot. Or reassigned to the Fashion and Lifestyle section.
The title, “With Tiger Woods in Decline, a Sport and Its Sponsors Ponder the Future,” immediately activated my bullshit detector. The article started off rather circumspect, though: Crouse said that Woods is “credited” with bringing more money to the game. I smiled. That wily Crouse knows Woods didn’t really bring more money to the game, but what she wrote is true: He is credited with it. My hopes for an adult article, however, were soon dashed:
McIlroy is in the vanguard of a generation of players in their 20s who were drawn to the game after falling under Woods’s spell.
Perhaps when I wrote yesterday that the American golf media hates Rory McIlroy, I didn’t go far enough.
Facts: Rory’s grandfather was a long-time member of the Holywood Golf Club, where he was considered the man to beat. Rory’s father won the Holywood Golf Club’s championship. Rory’s two uncles also played golf. Rory’s father worked at the Holywood Golf Club.
Rory was born in 1989; at age 2, he hit a 40-yard drive. At age 5, he received his first proper clubs, a set of cut-down ladies’ Mizunos. Also at age 5, he began taking golf lessons from Michael Bannon, the man who remains his coach to this day.
Rory, as a kid, signed his name as “Rory Nick Faldo McIlroy.” He met Darren Clarke at age 9. Also at the age of 9, he won the world championship for the 9-10 age group at Doral in Miami.
Pardon my French, but there are times when the F-word is the only option. After reading Crouse’s claim, all I can say is… FICTION! Crouse should label her pieces fiction, adding a blurb stating any resemblance to actual people is coincidental.
Rory was drawn to the game after falling under Woods’s spell? What horseshit. What absolute horseshit. If the New York Times wishes to retain credibility, they must immediately retract and correct Crouse’s nonsense.
New York Times Things To Do List:
- Fire Karen Crouse.
- Hire Steve Elling.