McIlroy Delivers on Potential

by Dave Bisbee on June 23, 2011

McIlroy-sports-diary-007What a spectacular performance to witness. And what a positive shot in the arm for Golf. Sitting there watching the U S Open Championship I found myself trying to wrap my mind around what was happening and what it could mean for the game. Heaven knows we could use a wholesome freckle faced kid who’s parents worked hard but stayed in the background to give their son the opportunity to follow his dream to play professional golf.

And to end up that the kid is genuinely nice, humble, and friendly to the fans…well maybe we can rub some of the tarnish off of the old game. I am sure that the sponsors are lining up to have Rory emblazoned on everything from watches to hair care products. Let’s just hope he stays grounded and doesn’t let the lime light blind him. My sense is he’ll be fine.

Poking the Tiger

The other benefit of the Rory emergence is what I hope will become the motivation for Tiger to really come back. I loved the comment from Feherty that it would be like Harry Potter vs.  Lord Voldemort . Golf could use a good rivalry. The Tiger and Phil thing never really caught on, even though everyone tried their best to promote it the head to head battles just never gained traction. But the story lines that are already being sketched out for Rory and Tiger could be very interesting to see develop. At any rate it makes for good fantasy golf for now.

Accentuate the Positive

Is it just me or do the commentators for the network seem to be hoping for a disaster? Particularly Johnny Miller. Whether it was commenting on the “softness” of the course for a U.S. Open and how the USGA was going to be traumatized by the low scores or making the statement that “Rory could hit 2 in the water” on the 10th it just seemed to me the tenor of the coverage was waiting for something bad to happen instead of seizing the opportunity to focus on the historic performance that was playing out on the course right in front of them.

Spanning the Globe

I am also okay with the fact that the last 5 major champions were not Americans. Don’t get merickie-fowler wrong I bleed red, white, and blue, but the fact that golf is such a global game now and with the strength of the international tours producing more and better players I’m not concerned with where they came from. I am enthused that the game has such a global reach. It means more people are watching in more places than ever before. We’ll be fine here in the U.S. There will be more new faces making their mark like Rickey Fowler, Bubba Watson, and Lucas Glover, etc. Global golf means global sponsors and that money makes the ball keep spinning.  

Dave Bisbee

Dave Bisbee has been around the golf business for 30 years and brings to Biz Golf Guru his experience as both a business owner and golf professional. Dave will serve as the anchor for the Biz Golf Guru team of contributors by offering his unique insights of business golf as seen through the eyes of someone who has managed golf courses, golf companies and as a golf teaching professional.

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