It’s said that Rory McIlroy has the right “stuff” of character; both humbleness and confidence.
There are high hopes and great expectations from Padraig Harrington and Greg Norman. One is that McIlroy just might beat Jack Nicklaus’ who had 18 majors and the other is to be the replacement after the sad loss of Steve Ballesteros. In a dignified manner at the Masters, McIlroy handled his debacle on Sunday, showed his mettle while speaking publicly about Tiger Woods’ ebbing game and the humanitarian trip he took to Haiti; when all the while, he could have been preparing for the U.S. Open. Being there in Haiti gave him the dose of perspective that he felt he needed.
His awe-inspiring performance at the U.S. Open seems to be over-flowing with the assurance of many more majors ahead. With a flawless four days of golf, finishing Sunday afternoon at Congressional and shattering the Open’s record, McIlroy, is defying the logic in the toughest of tests in golf with a “2-under 69”.
What a wonderful glimpse the world was allowed, as this young man of 22 from Northern Ireland, fell into the proud arms of his father. Gerry McIlroy, who took on three jobs so that his son could aspire to this very moment, was truly delighted and much more than he imagined it to be. “Happy Fathers Day, Dad”, said McIlroy. Both his parents have been behind him and at an early age had a putting green; good in all weather, installed in their back garden in the outskirts of Belfast in Hollywood.
Over the weekend in Northern Ireland fans watched Graeme McDowell trace his steps back over the bridge towards the champion and hug him. McIlroy truly feels that nothing this kid does ever surprises him and that he’s the best player he has ever seen. McDowell, as well as everyone else thinks that Rory McIlroy is a breath of fresh air and possibly the next superstar of golf.
Not since 1897 has there been such a streak of players in their 20’s winning a major, and this well grounded young man from ‘the old country’ moves into No.4 across the world, beyond anyone else competing in the final two of this year. To the grand stage of sports McIlroy has arrived, and the expectations we all hope, will not be overwhelming for this young man who is very new to all this; and that he continues to play, and to make sure that he does not take himself too seriously.
In a game where no one lately was standing out, McIlroy is filling a noteworthy void; one in which carries an engaging attitude and strong personal attributes. Something that sorely is missing in many of today’s ‘super stars.’ Most seem lack inner strength and fortitude and fall apart because celebrity has become like a god to them. They lose respect for themselves and others. Rory McIlroy, please don’t change.
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