Rory McIlroy is now on the larger radar of the sports and news world as “Golf’s Next Superstar!” Golf Writer Keith Cook says, “Welcome to the Conversation.”
RORY MCILROY – “You mean that guy, who dated that girl …”
For those of you who don’t follow golf, say as much as a golf writer, you’re waking up today hearing about this new guy on the golf scene, Rory McIlroy. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of McIlroy before. Don’t worry if you’ve only heard of him because of his high-profile relationship with another professional sports star, which ended earlier in the year. I say don’t worry, because you’re not alone. As of today, the larger sports and news world has just joined the conversation as well, and is discovering Rory McIlroy, “Golf’s Next Superstar!”
WELCOME TO THE CONVERSATION
With his victory at the 2014 PGA Championship, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, Rory McIlroy has accomplished something many golfers never have the opportunity to do, which is to be famous as a golfer, outside of the golfing world. McIlroy’s skyrocketing success in 2014 has now officially caught the attention of the larger sports and news worlds, moving him into the lofty heights of being, not only in the sporting news, but also a part of the news “everyone” else watches.
It’s good for golf when a golf story makes its way onto SportsCenter. But, it’s great for golf when a golf story makes its way into the national news, the morning news shows, and reaches the masses of people who don’t follow golf regularly.
For those of you just finding out about Rory McIlroy, let me let you in on a little secret. He’s pretty good, is dominating the sport of golf right now, and I think you’ll be hearing about a lot more about him in the future. Here’s some more about Rory McIlroy.
RORY MCILROY – THE GOLFER
Rory McIlroy is a young sports superstar, bringing with him all the flash and brashness we associate with the modern athlete. However, with McIlroy, we also see a quiet, reserved, and respectful person who seems to be well grounded in who he is, and where he comes from.
McIlroy is a proud Northern Irishman, is very well liked on tour, and smart enough to both respect and listen to those older than him. Those who may have “been there, done that”, like good friend and Major Champion, Darren Clarke.
There are a lot of thoughts of where Rory McIlroy’s current streak started and where his big boost of confidence came from, but I’m a big believer, it had a lot to do with Rory finally winning a few pounds off his close friend Darren Clarke. If true, Rory may owe Darren some thanks . . . and some royalties. What say you, Darren?
With Rory McIlroy winning the 2014 PGA Championship, he wins the fourth Major Championship of his career, at the age of 25. That’s a big deal in the golf world, because McIlroy is now in the history books as only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at the age of 25 or younger. The others are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.
THE NEXT . . .
Only the future will show us what’s in store for McIlroy, but right now the inclination seems to be to try and attach a label to McIlroy as the “Next Tiger.” I’d like to see the labeling of McIlroy slow down a bit, and I’m hoping instead of Rory being crowned the “Next …”, we’ll all allow the 25-year old to the be the “First Rory McIlroy” for a while and just sit back and enjoy the journey along with him.
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BIO: Keith Cook is a Writer and Contributing Editor for localgolfer.com. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer
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