Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by Tony Manx, Mar 5, 2016.
Played very little links and well depended on his caddy for knowledge. Over hyped a tad lately.
Go on Lowry, you fat legend!
It's relative like, 4.5hr rounds on a course with 3balls going out every 8-10 minutes is fairly good going on any day but pros do put a bit more into every shot than your average hacker. Guys like Holmes, Spieth and Dechambeau pushing 5hr rounds is what's classed as slow in comparison.
2 wins, a 85% top 10s, third in the world, playing at home, itade sense to me really.
Yes but them previous wins, he played links in the build up competitively. Tiger said as much also this week. They simply don't have this stateside and you do need a tournament or 2 to really have a decent chance. Especially when the bad weather comes on. Rory did not prepare enough for links and paid the penalty I think. Never mind his first hole. His whole round was up and down and his skill level got him out of poor decision making at times.
I have to disagree, he was in Ireland from at least July 7th, he was playing links golf the weekend of just not at the Irish Open. The 1st, 16th green and 18th on day one was his week done otherwise he played very assured golf and had a nearly flawless second round, best round on the course that day when the afternoon players averaged a shot worse than the morning guys. It's so clear the guy is totally overwhelmed by major golf these days, he didn't play his home open because he felt he needed to play the week before the tournament, (on a links course too I might add) he played massively within himself on Saturday at Pebble and any bad break would have been his undoing on Sunday it just happened to be a big one, and his first round at the other three majors left him too much to do. His actual physical preparation seems pretty good to me, he's one of the best tee to green and his putting stroke isn't one that crumbles under pressure. (although it won't win him anything when otherwise struggling) What lets him down is that his scrambling is something like 140th on tour and from watching him week after week it's not from any inability to play the shots it's from ******* simple ones up when in pressure positions, something he didn't have to face down the stretch in Canada or at the players. His 14th hole bunker shot where he ended further from the hole than where he began on Saturday in Pebble and not making relatively simple up and downs at 16 and 18 in Augusta on Thursday would be the prime examples this year, they basically ended his run at both tournaments and we're totally unforced.
Some changes are needed for sure. I don't think he's ever had an excellent caddy, compare his mate to Lowry's caddy this week and there is no comparison. There's no doubt his media persona needs work, he always manages to talk his way into being the most hyped guy at every major when it doesn't suit him one bit anymore in his career. His preparation, skill level and tournament selection seems fine to me, although I think he's focusing too hard on the importance of the last of those. Outside of the majors he's been one of the top two players on tour this year and hasn't had any desperately bad rounds, it definitely indicates to me that his issue is mental only.
I will disagree with parts. I don't deny his talent and agree it's the mental side that was in need of preperation. But strongly feel links competitive golf was needed to really win this. Fleetwood and Lowry I believe were equipped. Ok Rory may have played practise rounds but even then I would say there is a difference. Also I agree on the caddies comment although JP was a good bag man just it went stale. And yes Rory had a great round Friday but he always does that when the race is run. That is where the difference between competitive and practice rounds kicks in.
Koepka absolutely diddling Rory here at the WGC event in Memphis. Rors is 3 back with 8 to play having started with a one shot lead.
Europe just won the Solheim cup in the most dramatic fashion I've ever seen in golf. Won with the last putt of the match on 18, by Suzanne Pettersen who hadn't played competitively in a year and a half... crazy.
I was dreading seeing the americans a yelping on what looked like was going to be a drawn cup,just because they retained it.
The first result I've properly enjoyed in Japan for over a month at this stage just happened. Tiger Woods won the ZOZO Championship in a fairly stacked field to equal (equal in name only, Tiger's achievement is far better due to the difference in eras and how tournaments are now classified) Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA wins.
Dominant win on what looked like a fun track, nice for him to win the first PGA event in Japan and Asia too considering he's by far the most prominent sportsperson of Asian heritage.
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