Rory cashes a check for $15 million by winning Sunday’s PGA Tour Playoff Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, he seemed more satisfied with winning his second Tour Championship than the $15 million. (He’s made something like $83 million in his career just in tournaments and $24 million this season just on the PGA Tour). It’s not about the money.
Rory is probably my favorite golfer in the world. One he’s a nice guy but he has a backbone and is perpetually honest with the media and just a very down to earth in a not-so-down to earth world. Some of that is a product of professional golf, where everyone but Tiger Woods is still not quite as recognizable as the biggest stars in the other major sports. Still, Rory is just a likable person and just a great golfer. He arguable is the best driver of the golf ball in the world off the tee.
Even his competitor Brooks Koepka revels in watching some Rory, “His game is in great form right now,” Koepka said via the USA TODAY.
“It’s really impressive to watch. Like I’ve said multiple times, he’s the most fun to watch when he’s playing well. He hits it so good, he putts it really well, and when he’s on, man, he’s tough to beat. I enjoy competing against Rory. He’s a tough competitor. He grinds it out, man. Even when you’re playing with him, it’s fun to watch him.
Rory didn’t win a major this season but he played solid. He won The PLAYERS and the Canadian Open in addition to Sunday’s Tour Championship. He had 14 Top 10 finishes in a year he devoted almost entirely to playing on the PGA Tour.
But it’s about the majors of course. T21 at Augusta, T8 at the PGA, T9 at the U.S. Open and missing the cut at the Open Championship.
That’s the same standard for any of the best golfers in the world and it won’t change anytime soon. Rory has the ability but in the past, the pressure he has put on himself has been self-defeating. Psychologically Rory is taking a more mindful positive approach to his game. Still, it’s about the majors.
Still, Rory is underappreciated. He took out the No. 1 player in the world and it’s ho-hum. Some of that has to do with the way the PGA Tour season has come to a grinding halt to make room for NFL Sundays.
So we must wait eight months to watch Rory go for the gold again.