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On McIlroy and Talent

January 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Here is Jay Townsend’s take on Rory McIlroy on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive today:
“He should win because of his talent.”
“He is the most talented player in the game.”

The announcers make the mistake of talking only about physical talent, perhaps because they can see a player hit shots, but cannot see inside their minds. However, a player’s results are, in large part, due to the combination of their physical and mental talent.

When the “experts” talk about Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, they always say that their mental game is what separated them from their fellow competitor.s And yet, when it comes to the rest, only physical talent is emphasized.

Personally, I am sick of hearing about talent. I want to see results. As Burt Gordon said to pool shark Eddie Felson in the movie The Hustler, “Everybody’s got talent.” Rory and Company wouldn’t be pro golfers without talent. Dustin Johnson’s got talent. So does Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and the rest.

Physical talent alone is not going to separate any of them from the pack. So, Rory’s got talent. Big deal. What’s he going to do with it? That’s what we want to see.

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