Sunday Afternoon – 5:06 pm Update
First time I’ve cared about golf since Masters Sunday.
Sunday Morning Update
This is easy for me: I want to see the guy in first or the guy in second win this thing. Rickie Fowler is arguably my favorite player on Tour. The whole grandfather/scraggly driving range (like the one in my hometown) thing reeled me in.
As for Roberto Castro, I’ve written about him here quite a few times. He’s a cerebral guy, and that’s big in our book. (Castro went to Georgia Tech, as did David Duval, another reflective golfer. Who’s the golf coach there? Socrates?) Last time I wrote, I bemoaned the fact that Castro’s blog (All Things That Are Good) was gone (even though it was still listed on his Twitter account). Today I have some good news: He has a new outlet. So far, there is just one article, but it’s a great one.
In the piece, he looks back on 2015 with reviews of music, books, television, and restaurant reviews. (Yes, he reviews two restaurant reviews.) I’ll definitely check out the music he mentioned; in fact, I’ve started doing that as I write this. And I added the novel he mentioned to my “To Read” list.
In the Great Minds Think Alike Department, I will mention this: Castro writes, “Veep and Silicon Valley continued to make the best 1–2 punch on TV.” Why mention this? I am currently in the midst of binge watching Silicon Valley. In the past two days, I have watched the entire first season and half of the second.
One song recommendation I did not need to listen to was When I Paint My Masterpiece. “Someday, everything is gonna be different, when I paint my masterpiece.” Maybe Castro will paint his masterpiece today.
Rory and Quail Hollow will always be linked, so now’s a good time for a few stray thoughts on Rory 2016 and how he got here:
Has it gone wrong for Rory? Here are some thoughts on why the answer may be yes:
- The Nike deal. I blasted it at the time, and I still think it was a horrible deal. I understand the desire to lock in the big money, to monetize all of Rory’s work and success. However, how much additional money did he get that he couldn’t have gotten from other sponsors? And would UA have courted him prior to locking down Spieth? He lost a year for nothing, really.
- Did the Woods/Nike connection cause Rory to turn into a body builder? That whole development is just stupid, whatever the reason. Just my opinion, of course, but I’m sticking to it. Conditioning is great; bodybuilding is ill-advised.
- The careless injury in the casual soccer game. Not smart.
Points 1 and 2 fall into the category of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Point 3 falls into the category of “Don’t break it.”
Rory regrets the Nike deal — witness the breakup and legal wranglings with his then management — but there’s nothing to be done about it at this point.
The soccer game was a tough lesson. A close call would have made the same point without derailing him for half a year, but, alas, his injury was serious. One wonders if it will affect the rest of his career. The margin between winning and losing a tournament is often one shot out of 280.
The bodybuilding stuff, however, should be ended posthaste. Nothing wrong with conditioning, but golf is not MMA.
Look, I have a soft spot in my heart for Rory. I really connect to how he came from such humble beginnings. All things being equal, I prefer him over Jordan Spieth. That said, all things are not equal, and I can’t help but admire the way Jordan handles everything, including his deal with UA which seems on par with the decision Mark Cuban made in selling Real Audio at the exact right time.
I have turned sour on Rory in the past when I shouldn’t have. Right before he caught fire in 2014, I was preparing to write a column calling for him to replace J.P. as his caddie. And I realize that this year his impending marriage might be a distraction. Still, one can’t help but think Rory is failing to live up to his promise. I’d like to do a lot more Rorksy columns in the future, so I hope he can return to his 2014 level.
Addendum: I can’t recall the precise details of Jack’s wedding; readers undoubtedly know more than I do. However, the gist of it is that he took off a week from playing golf to get married, and on his honeymoon drive to NYC, he stopped off at a famous golf course (Pine Valley?) to play. And the newlyweds ended their honeymoon after four days instead of the planned week. Rory should get married in a similar fashion and be done with it.