Even the most optimistic among us had to believe that Rory McIlroy was going to trip up at some point in the Masters, but since Augusta was sealed off for another year to the rest of the world, you’d think McIlroy’s collapse in the final round was one of the great mysteries of life, like the pyramids or Donald Trump’s hair.
Try this formula. He’s 21, leading what is arguably the most famous tournament in golf at one of the most famous golf courses in the world. Move along folks, nothing to see here, nothing to analyze.
Overanalysis is a symptom of an instant information era in which critical situations arise in the media that may not actually exist such as a 21-year-old with a rather remarkable record not actually winning the Masters, which most people didn’t expect him to do anyways. When he didn’t, it became a curiosity for some strange reason.
Had McIlroy’s meltdown at Augusta actually been cause for concern, would he have shot an eight-under 64 in the second round of the Malaysian Open just a couple of days later?
At least, McIlroy’s long journey to Malaysia gave the media experts a couple of extra days to justify their existence.
The short game
Now that that the world has been properly introduced to McIlroy, prepare for confusion in the near future as we get to know Dermot McElroy, 17, who shot a course record, 10-under 61 in the final round of the Peter McEvoy Trophy last week. The Irish teenager is expected to play in the Walker Cup. Expect to hear a lot about him in the near future … Golfweek has gotten into the annoying habit of ranking Canadian courses. I keep hearing how controversial these rankings are, whether they’re published by ScoreGolf or any other publication, but the truth is the only people I hear talking about them are the writers who actually do the rankings. Their verbiage is the only reason I can see for writers being invited to take part because they’re no more qualified than anybody else to make such calls ... Each of the past four major winners have been 30 or younger and born outside the United States, but why let facts get in the way of picking a couple of good old favourites? Early betting lines for the U.S. Open at Congressional in June have Tiger Woods as a 6-to-1 favourite, with Phil Mickelson at 10-to-1. Masters champ Charl Schwartzel and defending U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, on the other hand, are both at 33-1. Some habits die hard, don’t they? … Word is that ClubLink is on the verge of purchasing the Woodlands Country Club in Fort Lauderdale. That would be ClubLink’s 10th Florida acquisition since late last year and with several properties on the market, particularly in Southern Ontario, it could be an active buying season for ClubLink … Admit it, you’re still trying to figure out how Kevin Na still managed an 80 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open after his shocking 16 on the ninth hole at TPC San Antonio. In the end, it all balanced out for Na, who parred the ninth hole the next day, but still shot a 77 to miss the cut.
All Canadians missed the cut in San Antonio, including David Hearn, Mike Weir, Chris Baryla and Matt McQuillan. Weir’s 18 over in San Antonio comes on the heels of his 11 over at the Masters. Hearn’s plus 6 in San Antonio comes after an impressive tie for sixth in Houston just before the Masters. Hearn, Weir and Stephen Ames are scheduled to play at The Heritage this week at Hilton Head ……Memorabilia, tee times, golf equipment and other items are available in the Golf Association of Ontario’s online auction with proceeds going to the Callaway Golf for Kids program. For more information, see www.gao.ca.