Tag Archives: Controversy

Sep
11
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedExCup

In his pre-tournament press conference at East Lake on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy was asked whether the fact that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had failed to qualify for the Tour Championship symbolized a changing of the guard. The world no. 1 replied, “No,” but he pointed out that Woods and Mickelson, the two faces of the game over the last two decades, were simply getting older. He also stated that they were “getting into sort of the last few holes of their career.”

Rory only declared the obvious reality and added that he would be dealing with the same issues that go along with aging in 20 years. Last I checked, Tiger and Phil aren’t 25 anymore. Tiger is indeed injured. 

5 Comments
Continue Reading

Oct
25
2012
By Conor Nagle under Rory McIlroy

A man in desperate search of a solution.

Graeme McDowell is, by whatever metric you care to apply, a bright and articulate individual. Self-aware in a way few athletes are, he makes for a shrewd and canny interviewee. Measured, non-confrontational: he usually excels at tip-toeing through minefields.

Consider it indicative, then, of the extent to which the question of Northern identity remains one with no easy answers that mere mention of the 2016 Olympics can reduce a speaker of McDowell’s abundant ability to the crudest buck-passing.

8 Comments
Continue Reading

Sep
10
2012

Pathetic fallacy: these dark clouds represent controversy.

Having just sealed his third PGA Tour victory in a little under a month and, in the process, consolidated his place at the summit of the world rankings, Rory McIlroy began yesterday evening’s press commitments at the BMW Championship in ebullient mood.

14 Comments
Continue Reading

Apr
7
2012

Billy Payne does his best to ignore the woman in the front row... or not.

The controversy surrounding Augusta National’s refusal to countenance female membership has broken the fourth wall and sparked a high-profile, if localised, revolt within the Masters press corps.

20 Comments
Continue Reading