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Video: Rory Is No Tommy Bolt...Yet

This was way too graceful of a club hurl, certainly lacking the hand speed of a Sergio throw or the sheer vitriol of a Tommy Bolt flinging.

Still, quite wonderful stuff from World No. 1 Rory McIlroy today, who, after donating his second shot at the par-5 8th into the water, contributed one of his Nike long irons to join his ball.

Enjoy it while it lasts!

The PGA Tour posted an official YouTube clip! Woohoo!

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Can we get Peter Kostas to create a Swing Vision analysis of that club hurl? As you can see, his setup is a little closed...
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Duffer
There are emotions experienced while playing golf that cannot be endured with a golf club in one's hands.
–R.T. Jones, Jr.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Wonder what the reaction here would be had that been Tiger....
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterSari
The most satisfying sound in golf is the whirring from a well thrown long iron. Thought this one was a bit gentle.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterChico
@ Sari- the masses would have gone ballistic. Rory gets a pass for seemingly being a likeable human being.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterChico
I guess the old adage of flinging the iron toward the hole is irrelevant if you can just get another one gratis from the Nike truck. I hope someone fishes it out and puts it in the clubhouse.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterForeright!
You beat me to it, Sari.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterCoyote Esq.
I admire Rory even more after this effort which doesn't seem that angry a move to me. He is obviously having a delayed reaction to the trauma of the Court Case, which may not be all done and dusted yet. Negotiations were continuing long after it was said to be settled. Could it be that they going back to Court again? I hope not. Come on, Rory, it's only a baby slump. Or, maybe Rory has been looking at those sexy undie pix of Caroline? They would upset a cloistered monk.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Roid rage! Even Tiger was never that bad.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenterjgw
What I wouldn't give to see this used in his next Omega ad
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commentermrobert
Exhibit A:

While I like John Huggan, can't imagine he would have tweeted the same thing had that been the striped one...

John Huggan @johnhuggan

Rory behaving like a normal person closely followed by a succession of tut-tuts on Twitter from a succession of golf journalists....😀
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Just went back to the 2012 Masters archive on this site, looking for the reaction to Tigers kicking of his club on 16 during his second

I wonder if Azinger will pipe up about Rory's antics.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterCoyote Esq.
Tiger pre 2009 - "Just a sign of how competitive he is, look how much he cares"

Tiger post 2009 - "What a $#$#". Can't he control himself.

For me, the post 2009, maybe with a touch more understand is the reality - and it applies to all, including Rory.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
It's okay... You know, he's one of us.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
Sari, you are imagining things. As Brian has pointed out, prior to his world unraveling and people realizing what he really was, Tiger got more 'passes' than anyone ever. Only in the later parts of his career did anyone start to even mention his swearing, spitting, club tossing, cheating...etc. Stop being so sensitive to Tiger's rough life.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
@BrianS - we disagree, but unlike Huggan at least you're consistent. Think the issue many have is with the double standard. Rory is certainly not the first to throw a club, nor is it the first time he's done it, nor will he be the last.

To me pga tour golf is a competitive sport, the players are competitive, when things aren't going well they get angry & frustrated - that's human. I like to see the emotion.

Caveat - emotion as long as it harms only oneself. Do not curse out caddies, volunteers, fans, or throw clubs at fans, or take out parts of the course in your anger.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Truly a shame that the original airing of the club toss wasn't just following the "New Nike Commercial"

You need a new driver (something like that )

But I don't want to ... I need a new 4-iron though
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBill V
Anyone remember the 2009 tiger driver toss at Kingston Heath? He could have killed someone. Barely a ripple. And then Thanks Giving came and it was all over.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Blunt
I know many of us don't care about language in front of the children and everybody else, and now I can't remember whether Eldrick said "Goddammit Fuck" or "Fuck Goddammit" when I was sitting there watching him in the Open at PB with a 9-year-old Ghost Jr., but that was just one of the many passes he got for being a real competitor, up until his late unplesantness. Still, hopeful that he makes it back to some place near the pinnacle, if he wants it.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Rory loves to "chat" with the media at press. It's actually amazing that he is so open and forthcoming with his opinions. So unlike how Tiger has been for years with media. But I don't like to compare.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenternancy
Press Agent, I really don't care that much, nor am I "sensitive to Tiger's rough life." I was just pointing out the inconsistency because I find it humorous. I didn't know of this this site prior to 2009, so I have no idea whether Tiger was treated differently pre-2009. But even if that were so, I still don't get your point: so if the guy is winning and not a certifiable asshole, we'll give him a pass, but if we don't like him and he now sucks, now it's ok to rake him over the coals?
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterSari

The actual quote was "God Dammit you f-ing Prick!" And yes, you are correct, he got a serious pass. Heck even noted Tiger critc Dan Jenkins did in his review for Golf Digest:

"Unfortunately, that wasn't what an early-morning national TV audience heard him say back on the tee after his awkward drive soared out to sea. Tiger, angrily speaking to himself, stunned viewers by letting them know he was fluent in Elizabethan language.

Tiger went on TV a little later, before the start of his third round, to do damage control. He apologized to however many pious, thin-skinned Americans he may have offended for letting his emotions get the best of him.

Anyone but a PC busybody should have been willing to forgive him immediately. Like anybody who goes to movies these days, or watches cable, or has ever hit an annoying hook off the 18th tee of a golf course with something big at stake. One theory was that Tiger had a good excuse—he'd obviously been watching too many reruns of "The Sopranos." On the other hand, don't blame me if he's read some of my books."
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterSari
If this was TW tossing a club, you'd all be begging for him to be lynched.

Good thing ya'll still love Rory.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterST
Yep TW used to get a pass - sometimes, by some. And we thought his answers were (slightly) less canned & generic. Then he'd been around and doing and saying the same thing for over a decade & the center for the golf universe & some in media got bored with it. And then he crashed.

If Rory is the sole face of golf for the next decade, the tenor will probably change.

And yes it's massively hypocritical.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenterelf
I think what irritated me most about Tiger's "pass" was not so much that they didn't get all over him for it, but the fact the press tried to make it into a virtue - he clearly "cares" so much, and is such an "intense competitor". The reverse of course is also true - that the other guys who were better at not cursing on camera cared less and were in fact just sort of mailing it in. Couple that with the image that Tiger tried to project that he wasn't just a golfer - he was an athlete - and again indicating that many others were not - were for me anyway part of why I came to loathe Tiger.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Every club deserves to die at some point in its life.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Speaking of Tiger in Australia does anybody remember the Ernie Els driver toss at the Nedbank some years back that almost took his caddie out? Search "big easy uneasy" at Youtube for the clip of that and another club toss.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
@BrianS -

When did Tiger indicate that other golfers were not athletes?
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterST
@St - bad language on my part - the comparison was mostly made by the press - why does Tiger hit is farther ? He's a workout fiend - why does he come on strong at the end - he has the endurance from all that work. But I don't believe Tiger himself ever made those comments.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I have say I love the comments here on this thread. So many opinions. So much to think about or watch.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenternancy
Speaking of equipment hurting fans, did anyone see Bubba's drive on 18 yesterday that would have probably killed someone had it been about 10 feet lower? That was frightening to watch.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
OK. I'm waiting for Dustin Johnson to Win BIG. Some on this "Rory" thread have moved beyond Geoff's topic; I will, too.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenternancy
What an impressive shadow. I thought this was a thread about Rory McIlroy throwing a club, but it was really about Tiger. Silly me.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterBDF
"Behaving like a normal person?" I knew the European press was apologetic for Rory but that's just shameful. Is Huggan that desperate to be liked by Rory? We normal people can't afford to deposit clubs in lakes. And most of us don't.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterOB
@OB...oh, my! I agree; shameful stuff, poor lad ($$$). What will he do next?
03.6.2015 | Unregistered Commenternancy
Not cool for Woods and not cool for Rory either
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterChicago pt
BDF +1 "What an impressive shadow. I thought this was a thread about Rory McIlroy throwing a club, but it was really about Tiger. Silly me." Now that' funny!

Chicago pt +1 "Not cool for Woods and not cool for Rory either" No question.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterPro from Dover
I'd imagine Tom Brady will give Rory some throwing pointers next week at Augusta. At least when members aren't within eyesight.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterManku
I remember when Tiger called himself a "spaz" at the British Open many years back and the British press went ballistic. How dare you insult millions of mentally challenged Brits, you should immediately apologize, you thoughtless disgusting person, etc etc. The irony here is that the mentally challenged Brits were the ones attacking him, for they didn't know the quite different meaning of "spaz" in America. I'm sure that irony is lost on the irony-obsessed Brits, which is another level of irony. As for Rory, I'm not surprised Huggan and his lot are defending him. Primitive tribalism is their calling card.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterSt. Copious
Tiger got a pass from 1996-2009. Only a double standard if you started watching golf five years ago.

Chico pretty much ended this discussion 30 or so posts ago.
03.6.2015 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend

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