Alasdair Reid at The Telegraph is reporting on the kind of sportsmanship we so rarely read about or personally experience on the golf course. And thanks to John Strege for the heads up on this story.
Alasdair writes, "The meeting of Oliver Wilson and Rory McIlroy at the 10th on Sunday was a quieter affair, almost unnoticed as the leading players braced themselves for the closing stretch of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It did, however, say rather a lot about them both… it was an act of staggering sportsmanship by McIlroy to break away from his own round to offer encouragement and best wishes to Wilson.
From the Claret Jug to missing yet another cut
"For while McIlroy was lifting the Open Championship and £975,000 at Hoylake last July, Wilson was collecting £435 at an all-but-invisible Challenge Tour event in Switzerland. And while McIlroy was celebrating his £625,000 victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, a disconsolate Wilson was trudging home with nothing from the Karnten Open in Austria, having failed to make the cut.
From 792nd to 156th place in the World Rankings
We all enjoy a good comeback story and there's few to equal Oliver Wilson's victory at the Dunhill.
Alasdair writes, "Consider these numbers: 41, 88, 352, 482, 507. They chart Wilson’s year-end world-ranking positions from 2009, when he was at his height, to 2013. By the beginning of last week, he was down to 792nd. His win at St Andrews rocketed him up an astonishing 636 slots and he is now in 156th place."
I blame Nick Faldo
Suffice to say that Alasdair is correct on pointing out yet another example; Oliver Wilson who was doing well and then, "mucked arooond" (Now there's an appropriate Scottish expression for those golfers who will'nae leave well alone).
Alasdair doesn't mention the mucking around of Michael Campbell however should you read Alasdair's list of names you'll most likely be already very well of the other guilty parties.
Here's the link to John Strege and to Alasdair Reid
Quote of the Day
"Don't ever let anybody fool with your putting stroke or you'll be damned sorry."
George Low's advice to the young Arnold Palmer who was getting a bit of hard time from his peers regarding his stance and putting stoke.