Jack Nicklaus Has Some Sage Advice for Rory McIlroy

By Fred Altvater
at Internationaled.org

Published: July 5, 2013

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Jack Nicklaus is in jolly old England for the Wimbledon Championships, where Will Gray of GolfTalkCentral.com reported that Nicklaus joined the Live at Wimbledon crew for a quick television interview with his friend, and ex-professional tennis champion, Mats Wilander.

The conversation finally got around to golf and the state of Rory McIlroy’s nonexistent golf game.

“He’s been doing sort of other things, and now he’s back and wanting to play golf again, and he’s struggling,” Nicklaus said of McIlroy

Bobby Jones, Bruce Lietzke, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are about the only golfers who have ever been able to play professional golf part time and be relatively successful at it.



McIlroy is not having the finest year thus far. He just missed his second cut of the year on the European Tour at the Irish Open. His previous cut came in the first event of the year in Abu Dhabi. In between, as the defending champion at the Honda Classic, he walked off the course with a toothache.

Then again, the way he was playing in the second round of the Honda Classic would have made my teeth hurt, too.

In 10 starts on the PGA Tour this year, he has four top-10 finishes with one runner-up finish. He has earned $1.4 million and is No. 45 in the FedEx Cup standings.

For the average touring professional, that is not a bad year, but for the No. 2-ranked player in the world, these numbers are not very good.

Golf balls now break the laws of physics and resist side spin. Golf clubs are made of space-age composite metals and can launch balls over 300 yards. But one tenet of being a champion on the PGA Tour is as true today as it was in the day of Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Nicklaus: You have to want it and be hungry.

You have to want to beat the other guy’s brains out on the golf course and laugh about it later in the locker room.<...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Golf

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