McIlroy Determined to Cultivate Nasty Side

AP Photo

Rory McIlroy walks in with that famous mop of hair as his only entourage, shakes hands, smiles warmly and starts talking about how he doesn’t want to be nice anymore.

The freshly minted U.S. Open champion has been on a whirlwind round of promotional commitments since he charmed the crowd and demolished the field at Congressional Country Club en route to an eight-shot victory that was one of the finest performances in the history of major championship golf.

Ten days have passed since his personality, demeanor, and red-hot performance led to chants of “Rorrrr-y” all around Bethesda, Md., so news that he wants to tap into an unpleasant streak within comes as a little bit of a shock.

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Can Rory and Rickie Forge a Long Rivalry?

Jason Sobel, Golf Channel - May 9, 2012

You can root for Rory McIlroy, the precocious, big-hitting major champion who currently stands at No. 1 on golf’s world ranking. You can root for Rickie Fowler, the self-taught, brightly dressed trendsetter who claimed his... more »

Tiger Dismisses His Chorus of Critics

Steve Elling, CBS Sports - May 9, 2012

Used to be, people thought Tiger Woods was the guy who was capable of stopping a speeding bullet and leaping over tall buildings in a single bound. Hey, maybe the worm has turned. On Tuesday, two days before the Players... more »

No Lead Is Safe at Sawgrass

Larry Dorman, - May 12, 2012

When the field is cut to the low 70 scores and ties each Friday on the PGA TOUR, the temptation is to spotlight the leaders while focusing the debate on which one can hang on to, or widen, the lead. But if you're trying on... more »

ESPN Proves Tiger Still No. 1

Art Spander, RealClearSports - May 11, 2012

This headline was on "Tiger Shoots 74 at Players.'' The subject was Tiger Woods, tied for 100th, and not either of the co-leaders, Ian Poulter or Martin Laird? Why, of course. We're not selling results in journalism,... more »