Rory McIlroy made the wrong decision over the weekend to play soccer with his buddies. In the process of goofing around with the lads, the world’s #1 golfer ruptured an ankle ligament. After careful consideration over the last few days, Rory has made the first smart decision of the week and has withdrawn from the British Open, which will be held at the Home Of Golf, St. Andrew’s Old Course, next weekend.
He becomes the first Open Champion since Ben Hogan in 1954 to not defend his title. Hogan’s was by choice, he only played the Open once. Rory’s was by choice as well, the one he made on the weekend to play soccer.
Which brings us to the question, why was he playing?
There are many that say that you must continue to live your life regardless of your occupation, and for the most part I agree. Where I don’t agree is in the timing. Rory McIlroy is in the heart of golf season right now, and he now misses his National Championship thanks to this accident, one that could have been avoided with a little common sense.
Singers take care of their voices before a performance, pianists take care of their hands before a concert, Models try and maintain their appearance before hitting the runway. You don’t see a pianist boxing, do you? Nor do you see a runway model not using sunscreen before hitting the catwalk. They are smart enough to realize that they need to take care of their assets. Rory is now learning this lesson the hard way.
McIlroy has at least admitted that he will need to take a long term outlook on this injury, which includes proper rehab and not rushing back to play. That is great. His first thought should have been maybe I should go have a pint with the boys…maybe next time he will figure it out a little sooner.