Monday 5 December 2016

Rory must look to the Master

Published 26/06/2016 | 02:30

Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Cartoonist: Jim Cogan

Rory McIlroy is finding out that when a man becomes a corporation, his life can get complicated. There was a time when he could speak more freely, when he could be thinking out loud or even idly speculating, without being nailed for it.

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But that time is gone, because now he is a corporation. And so when he issues a statement about the Zika virus keeping him out of the Olympics, people are "disappointed" that his enthusiasm for it has gone and they start mumbling about the several other reasons why a man in his position might not want to represent Ireland in Rio.

One of these theories - perhaps the most interesting - is that he's not from Ireland, as such. He's from Northern Ireland, which, for reasons that should be abundantly clear to all of us, is a different jurisdiction to the one in which we reside in this Republic of Ireland, as our country is known.

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