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Rory: Don’t Pick Geezers For Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy is citing the special team dynamics in shooting down the idea of a Langer or Montgomerie Ryder Cup Captain's pick. You know, the dynamics where one team member's lawyers are asking for the contractual specifics of another teammate in a awsuit, or filing said suit to coincide with a teammate's wedding.

That kind of bond!

Anyway, these millennials just don't find the old guys relatable, or something like that.

From Sky Sports:

"I think the team dynamic is pretty good at the minute with the mix that we've got and to bring someone in that hasn't spent much time around us mightn't be the best," he said.

"He (Langer) is not playing against the regular guys week in and week out but he's playing great golf obviously and what he's done this year, and Monty as well, has been fantastic. If they were to be involved as vice-captains or something then I'd be all for that, but I don't think they should be on the team."

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Lucky Tiger's not European. He might struggle to meet Rory's criteria.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBoyer
Humorous first 4 lines in the post, Geoff. But I don't think that type of behavior is of just Young McIlroy's generation.

It seems like what McIlroy is diplomatically saying is that Langer and Monty are playing at a tremendous level . . . but not at the level of the PGA (aka, BigBoy) Tour. And they are not playing on courses set up as difficult as the BigBoy Tour. I agree with McIlroy.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
All these youth with their youthful naïvité & millenial millenialism. Young people were grown men & women back when I was a kid.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfreshfrankie
I seem to recall that Langer did rather well at The Masters against regular PGA Tour players! This smacks of protectionism.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen W
Sadly I think they could pick me and the Euros would still win. They are loaded this year.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
By all means, keep a stranger like Langer away and keep the comfortable known players together like Victor Dubuisson (because everybody is so chumming and familiar with him).
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterFWIW
How refreshing! A professional golfer with and opinion. A few weeks ago I won our Senior Club Championship two weeks later I played in a amateur tournament full of college golfers and finish next to last (managed to beat one of those young guys)! It's a different game they play. I agree with Rory 100%.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTadpole
Asked a question, gives a straight answer. Agree with McIlroy. The seniors play short, soft courses and the competition isn't very deep at all. Many of the top players have very little interest in it. No way to translate performance there with those in their primes, playing in ultimate competition.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
He loves to take risks with the media, knowingly or otherwise. It'll be interesting to see how long his frankness lasts.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
The more Rory talks the less appealing he becomes.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
The Euros always thrived as a tight bonded group of underdogs. Now they are neither. I'll take USA (and they will definately have Phil 90% they have Tiger) for the W thank you.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Langer and T Watson can still both hang.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDuck!hooker
AMEN
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterViz
Is there a an international team geezer cup in the future?
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
What's he supposed to say when asked something like that? Winning the senior version of the Open, or playing well on the Senior Tour, is in no way an indicator that Langer (or Monty) should play at the Ryder Cup on a completely different type of course against PGA Tour Pro's. Sure, Langer played very well at the Masters this year (the second time he's played at the weekend of a Major since 2006), but since when was 8th place in the first Major in a Ryder Cup year good enough for a place on the team?

Langer hasn't won on a non-senior tour or qualified for the Ryder Cup since 2002. A wildcard would be insanity from a playing point of view and it would magnify the press brouhaha to nobody's benefit. It's nice to see that McIlroy is prepared to say it how it is.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenterbs
Rory's an idiot. What's he supposed to say? not what he said. Moronic, plus the logic is wobbly to say the least.
They are captains picks, how can he know what the vibe among the group is, when he doesn't even know the group?
He, more than many could actually use an elder statesman to help him see the way. Could have used one many times over now in his life, maybe it would not be such a mess.

On top of all that, these guys should not be wading into the area that is the captains responsibility

Maybe he's confused about what team he's on and thinks a spot for Langer or Monty would take away a spot for Tiger.

@bs No, picking Tiger would magnify the press brouhaha to nobody's benefit. Everyone agrees, the ONLY reason to pick Tiger is for the ratings and attention....and a lot of people think that's enough of a reason. At least Monty or Langer would have a chance of winning, Tiger on the other hand.....no chance.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
I agree with the young pup! Dont forget his instrumental role in selecting Paul McG as Ryder Cup Captain via Twitter...Langer's game and age are not suited for Gleneagles.
On the same note I think Watson's choice of VC's -Floyd (who will be 72) and Andy North (64) will equally damage the Americans in terms of team dynamics .
Makes you wonder who exactly Rors was directing his comments at !
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
Meefer nailed it...won't be long before we're wondering when and why Rory began answering these questions the way Tiger does.

It is nice to hear an actual opinion once in a while...
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Don't know whether to cheer or boo Rory for being honest.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
With age comes diplomacy. Discretion often times is the better part of valor. But we appreciate his honest answer. Nothing wrong with that.

BTW, perhaps Captain Watson would consider being a playing Captain! Not really, but fun to talk about. He could face Langer in the final singles pairing on Sunday.
Rory's be honest. Give him credit for that. They asked him a question and he answered it. Too many people say his answer wasn't nice or he should have dodged or not answered the question. Screw that! Nobody is taking anything away from BL but winning on the Champions Tour and winning on the PGA Tour are 2 very different things. If in fact BL played in some events on Tour and European Tour and had results then maybe we'd have an argument here.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterViz
Tadpole's got legs. He is exactly right. Langer is very good in his division, which is considerably more than a half step below the web.com tour (is that what it's called now?). It would be fun to watch him and Watson on the last green of the last day trying to make a putt for the win, though.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
@ KLG +1 Aye. "It would be fun to watch him and Watson on the last green of the last day trying to make a putt for the win, though."

Now there is a thought to thing about.

"Good, good?"
Hate to say it, but looking at the U.S roster, Watson could be a playing captain.
On paper, this looks really lopsided.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
I'm pulling for the Euros to win 28-0.

Larry Nelson should have been a captain.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
He just doesn't want Langer to come into the room and talk to them about his personal relationship with God.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
If Langer really wanted a pick, he could have done what Jimenez did and played most of the year on the Euro/PGA tour. If you're not playing with the best, don't ask to be picked over them.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Since when is a t8 at Augusta enough to punch a ticket to the Ryder Cup? Europe currently has 18 players in the world top 50. Why on earth would you take Langer?
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
Little shake up on the US team. Dustin Johnson has released a statement that is going to be taking time off to deal with some personal issues! Sounds like he is going to be out for an extended period of time. He is currently #5 in the RC standings.

DTF what is up with Ol' Jet Ski?
Funny how some want people to speak freely and honestly about topics/questions asked but only if they agree with it or if it fits a certain narrative.
07.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
"your old road is rapidly aging
please get out of the new one if you can't lend you hand"

Really...Monty and Langer had their time...now its gone...with that said Jiminez gets a well deserved spot
Monty is the one been stirring this up...man o man...though I like him...he needs to learn about acceptance
Press to pro golfers: "Be interesting!" "Tell us the truth!" "Give us opinions!"

Press to pro golfers who do exactly what the press wants: "How could you say THAT!" "You are a spoiled imbecile!" "Get your mind right, you ungrateful hypocritical hater!" "Sheesh, why don't you stupid golf pros know enough to keep your stupid mouth shut!"

No wonder everyone hates the golf stenographers.
08.2.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfrogman
@ Press Agent...who is the idiot?

Seems like McGinley agreed with McIlroy.

And if his life is a mess, it's a mess that an 'elder stateman' assisted him getting into - GMac is by no means covering himself in glory in that court case.
08.2.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut

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