McIlroy: Golf isn’t the most important thing in my life | Greenbrier’s military history | Year of the Irishman
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1. McIlroy: ‘There are other things in my life that are more important than golf’
Rory McIlroy was his usual candid self ahead of the Irish Open (presented by his foundation). While some might say the remarks below were a calculated attempt to draw attention ahead of the tournament which benefits his charity, it’s more likely the Ulsterman was merely speaking his mind.
While you have to applaud his sincerity, can you imagine Woods or Nicklaus saying the above in the prime of their careers?
2. The Greenbrier and the military
“We’ve always tried to find some way to have that military tie-in and I think we just decided it was time to take it a step further and really show that commitment,” says Cam Huffman, director of communications for The Greenbrier.
And take it a step further they did with one of the morse interesting tournament names of on the PGA Tour: A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier
While their will be plenty of interesting takes on the military tie in, about the Greenbrier’s military history.
3. Remembering the year of the Irishman
The year: 2008. The golf world: dominated by a man from the Emerald Isle Jeff Shain of the NYT reflects.
Shain does an excellent job of the aforementioned:
4. Back to the espresso machine…
Sam Locke, who works in the cafe at Paul Lawrie’s academy, qualified for The Open. He was back to his post behind the counter the next day.
5. (Some) pros celebrate the 4th as you’ve come to expect
Is Justin Thomas’ photo above refreshing? Fun? Funny? Inspirational? I don’t know. I guess I’m getting old.
6. Lincicome prepares to battle the boys
Lincicome will tee it up in the Barbasol Championship in two weeks time, where she hopes to make the cut (something no woman has ever done on the PGA Tour).
7. Composite course fun: Most difficult major test
Golfweek’s Brentley Romine wonders…”What if a golfer had to play a round on the 18 toughest holes in recent major history?”
“Using scoring averages from the last 25 years of majors and a par-70 template (35-35 with 12 par 4s, four par 3s and two par 5s), here is arguably the most difficult “composite” major venue.
“Grab your clubs – and some Tylenol plus a few Band-Aids – and we’ll see you on the first tee. And don’t sweat being over par – the composite total score for these holes in majors since 2003 is 78.65 (versus a par of 70)”
His first selection.…1st Hole: No. 1, Oakmont Country Club…Par 4, 482 yards…U.S. Open (2007, ’16)…Scoring average: 4.515 in 2007
8. For your listening/viewing pleasure
GolfWRX dropped a pair of tasty media morsels yesterday, ICMYI in the course of your 4th of July revelry.
9. Place your bets!
The favorites for the Greenbrier (c/o Bovada)