This quote came to mind while reading Brian Keogh's, "Rory McIlroy and the curative powers of defeat".
Brian writes, "Rory McIlroy has consistently said that his 2011 Masters meltdown was the best thing that ever happened to him. He might be more accurate in saying that it was his reaction to his closing 80 that day that made all the difference and led to him winning the US Open in his next major start."
Give me a hug and…
Having recently read, Faldo/Norman: The 1996 Masters: A Duel that Defined an Era I was reminded how Greg Norman so admirably coped with his "meltdown" and in so doing won over the hearts and minds of many people who weren't big fans of the Shark.
Come 2011 at the Masters and McIroy was faced with a situation similar to the Shark. How to respond to his own Shark-like loss?
"Give me hug and we will do the interview," was Rory's reply to a request for an interview by Peter Kostis.
Brian writes, “I (Peter Kostis) gave Rory the option. I said: ‘Rory I have been asked to interview you. Obviously I would understand if you were decline.’
“I told him I wouldn’t throw him under the bus. I know him reasonably well and I think he knew it isn’t our job to ask him aggressive questions right at the moment in time."
Peter Kostis sounding like the commentators covering the Shark's response said,
“I think he handled it magnificently. I don’t think he could have handled it any better.”
And then there's this interesting comment, "McIlroy’s graceful handling of his defeat was one of the highlights of the week and a major contrast to the way Tiger Woods had reacted to finishing fourth on his comeback the previous year."
Here's the links to Brian Keogh and again
Quote of the Day
“He (McIlroy) never seems to make the same mistake twice. He fixed his putting after what happened that day and went on to win the US Open.” - Peter Kostis