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Friday, May 31, 2013

Rory and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Imaginary Rory kids book coverIf his name had been Alexander, he could have been living a very popular children's book on Thursday. (And yes, I've doctored the cover at right for this post. It seemed more appropriate that way.) At any rate, Rory did have a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at the Memorial.

Look, when a 14-year-old who has never seen the course beats you by 6 shots, it at least qualifies as a No Good, Very Bad Day!

You name it, it went bad. Two birdies, six bogeys, and one double. Shots that go short, shots that go long. Two-way misses. (For those of you new to the game and unfamiliar with that term, it means that some of his bad shots go right and some of them go left. When you're missing it one way or the other, you can compensate a little by aiming farther right or left... but when you're missing it both ways, it's impossible to aim.)

How does a guy with two major wins end up in this mess? That's the big debate among fans right now. Some say his mind's not on his game, what with all the changes going on in his life. Some say his swing's just off. Some think he's got some physical problems.

Personally, I vote for a temporary swing problem. When you swing as hard as Rory -- he's awfully long for a guy who's only 5' 10" tall -- it's easy to get out of position when you swing. Muirfield Village is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Place for players struggling with swing issues.

I'm not so sure Rory will straighten things out enough to make the cut at the Memorial this week. But I don't think this is an impossible problem to sort out with the U.S. Open still a couple of weeks away. At least he can swing a bit easier at Merion, maybe take some shorter clubs since it will be a fairly short course for him.

Of course, if he doesn't get things worked out, he could be in for a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week at Merion... and I don't think the language would be appropriate reading for young children.

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