Why Rory Will Break Jack’s Record?
Something Rory McIlroy said to Tim Rosaforte makes me think that if anyone will break Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 Majors, it’ll be the young man from Ireland:
I’ve never thought of breaking any records. I said when I won my first one, I wanted to win a second. And now that I’ve won a second, I want to win my third. I’ve got no targets, no records. I’ve never been that kind of person. I just want to and play my golf and try to win tournaments. If they add up to whatever number it is at the end of my career, I’ll be happy.
McIlory’s attitude is the complete opposite of Tiger, and I think much healthier. If Rory actually feels that way, he’s under much less internal pressure.
Throughout his career, Tiger has stated quite vocally that his goal is to top Jack. In doing so, he has allowed himself to be defined by someone else’s accomplishments. And as the moment of his raison d’être approaches, the pressure mounts. I shudder to think what’s going on in his head as one unwon major after another passes.
I’ve also often wondered what will happen to Woods when he does win number nineteen. I can’t help but think of Alexander, who wept because there were no more worlds to conquer—and who perhaps not coincidentally, died a relatively young man.
Joe DiMaggio didn’t set out to get a hit in 56 straight games. It just worked out that way. Nicklaus didn’t set out to win eighteen majors, but to win as many as he could. Sam Snead set his mind to winning as often as possible.
I think Rory’s attitude is the correct one. Now we’ll just have to see if he’s got the talent over the long run like Tiger.
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