Scott Fowler is covering Rory McIlroy’s easy win at Quail Hollow
Over at Geoff Shackelford’s blog the headline reads, “Rory Turns A 514-Yard Par-4 Into A Drive And Pitch,” and in a previous post observed, “On a 7500 yard golf course Rory McIlroy hit 9-iron or less into 15 of 18 holes”
That’s way too easy for the good of golf.
Golf is meant to test the best, and the rest of us with a full range of clubs. Indeed it’s bad enough that technology has lessened the ability to shape shots and I’d go so far to say that if Bobby Locke was alive today he would be unable to precisely replicate his legendary draw shots using today’s technology.
Must have been boring for McIlroy
Scott Fowler writes, “Yes, McIlroy called it “boring” on Sunday.
I would use another word: spectacular.”
Spectacular? I have to assume Scott was stuck for words or perhaps he was in awe of Rory’s, “remarkable exhibition of an athlete at his best.”
Over at Geoff’s blog there’s this from greg c
“Who cares what he hit into every green...if it's fun to watch, it's fun to watch....the game these guys play in no way shape or form resembles the game us mere mortals play...so be it.”
However I agree with Chico who is one of Geoff’s frequent and very knowledgeable respondents.
“Maybe I'm odd/ old fashioned but I don't find it all that much fun. I love Mcilroys golf but he may as well play with a half set in a Sunday bag…We can't stop progress in swing technique. This has not peaked! What we could do is re-introduce spin to the game. A ball with a heavy core(as with the old wound bal) and a maximum driver size- say 300 cc would do the trick in my view. You could go further and ban hybrids and lob wedges if you like- but I'm not sure I would. Spin would make even the best players think twice about hitting flat out all the time. I would vote for that. This is not anti long hitter. Long hitting is a skill not a crime but I get bored watching drive pitch all the time. If the longest hitters hit it 280 ish then a 280 drive would appear every bit as impressive as 340 does today.”
Here’s the links to Geoff and Scott Fowler
Quote of the day
“Realistically for someone with my length off the tee you should be making six birdies out there – the four par 5s and the two drivable par 4s. There’s six birdies a day.” – Rory McIlroy