An Open Letter to Rory McIlroy

Dear Mr. McIlroy,

I really enjoy watching you play golf on the PGA Tour, both on television and in person.  It’s really amazing what you have accomplished in such a short time.  Don’t let this go to your head, but if you win the Masters, you will actually be ahead of Jack Nicklaus’s pace for winning majors.

However, even though I personally enjoy watching you play in America, I must ask you, with great sorrow, to please quit the PGA Tour.

The reason is simple.  The European golf media covers the European Tour.  The American golf media covers Tiger Woods. What that means is that when you play in America, we golf fans get nothing but a steady diet of Tiger Woods news.  When you play in Europe, we get lots of quality golf articles about you from the talented European golf journalists.

American Tim Rosaforte, for example, decided the week of your 2015 PGA Tour debut was the perfect time to ask Butch Harmon about Tiger Woods.  He could have asked this question of Harmon any time he wanted, of course, the off-season being a logical choice, but he chose the week of your American debut, intentionally disrupting the publicity you would have gotten.  I could give you a thousand similar examples.  If you stay here, you will wind up ignored like Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, and Bill Haas.

It’s not your fault.  Your story is why humans are attracted to sports.  The redemption story of your journey from Augusta to Haiti to Congressional, well, let’s just say my daughters know that story by heart.  Your resilience and class set an example all parents wish for their kids to follow.

Anyway, I don’t mind getting up early to watch you play in Europe.  I rather like it, actually.  Certainly the European Tour Productions telecasts stand head-and-shoulders about the offal their American counterparts provide.  Perhaps, too, if you focus on the European Tour and continue racking up the wins, you can compel the Masters and PGA Championship to move to Europe every other year, or permanently.

Good luck with your golf this year.  I think you have a legitimate chance to win the Grand Slam.  Used to be, that was a suitable topic for the golf media, but now they are too busy covering things like what a Mystery PGA Tour Player said about Tiger Woods’s manager.


True Golf Fan Lanny H

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3 Responses to An Open Letter to Rory McIlroy

  1. Sports-realist says:

    and please win the Grand Slam…that would be hilarious watching the golf channel eat it…

  2. Anonymous says:

    We can’t really move the Masters though!

    • lannyh says:

      I was thinking about that last night and decided we could alternate and have the Masters at Augusta alternate with… the Masters at Royal Portrush.

      By the way, I am currently reading a golf book (the one comparing Rory and Ken Venturi’s redemptions from Augusta to Congressional) and Bobby Jones really hated “The Masters” as the tournament name. We’re used to it now, we don’t think twice, but he felt it was offensive.

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