Tuesday 23 January 2018

Tour complicit in poor conduct

Karl McGinty

Rory McIlroy brings excitement, honesty and passion to professional golf at a time when the sport is trying to fill the vacuum left by Tiger.

His admission on Twitter that "golf and I are in a love-hate relationship at the minute -- mostly hate today" left no doubt about his frustration with the final-round 73 which left him tied 10th at Doral with Woods and Padraig Harrington.

For the second week in succession, McIlroy's swing had been thrown slightly off-kilter by high winds which blew on Thursday and Friday at Doral, while his putter once again was cold.

Yet that does not excuse an incident on the par-three ninth on Sunday, when the 21-year-old threw his club after playing his tee shot ... unacceptable behaviour of the sort occasionally seen from a few of McIlroy's elders, not least Woods.

There is no public censure for such transgressions on the US PGA Tour, who were responsible for staging last weekend's event .

As the PGA Tour cretinously keeps disciplinary measures secret, impressionable youngsters have little reason to understand how offensive such petulance is to the golfing ethos of discipline and self-control -- making the authorities complicit in this misbehaviour.

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