Rory’s Off to Haiti
By Conor Nagle under General

Rory's been far afield before, but not like this

Rory McIlroy’s recent work on his putting stroke may have paid off in spectacular fashion Thursday at the Memorial Tournament, with the young Northerner carding a 66 for a share of the first-round lead, but should he succeed in notching up a second PGA Tour victory on Sunday evening, he won’t be sticking around to celebrate. Quite the opposite, in fact: he’s due to fly to Haiti in his capacity as a UNICEF ambassador.

And what, exactly, does a golfer do when he takes a UNICEF field trip? Well, he seems about as informed as the rest of us:

Q. What’s going on in Haiti?
RORY McILROY: I’m doing a field trip for UNICEF, so I’m going down there, and it should be pretty eye-opening. I’m sort of — it’ll be good. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I signed up with UNICEF at the start of this year. I’m looking forward to it.

Q. What are they going to have you do down there?
RORY McILROY: I’m not too sure. I’ll probably just go and see it. I’m not too sure.

Q. Why did you want to do that? What do you expect to get out of that?
RORY McILROY: You know, it’s great — you want to associate yourself with a charity that you actually — you feel close to, and UNICEF works with mainly a children’s charity, and I feel like I’m the sort of age that I can relate to the younger people.
I just don’t want to really put my name to it, I wanted to do something, and they were very keen for me to go and see somewhere where they’re sort of hands-on and they’re working with, and it sort of just fit in quite well that I could go to Haiti for a couple of days and see what they do.”

Endearing though it may be, here’s hoping his trip to the embattled republic does much to shock the naivety out of his system.

Conor Nagle