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SBD/August 21, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Despite Skeptics, FedExCup Playoffs Bring Added Interest To End Of PGA Tour Season
Published August 21, 2014
IRISH EYES ARE SMILING: In N.Y., Zach Schonbrun writes golfer Rory McIlroy in winning his last three tournaments, including two majors, has "risen from a promising young contender to the PGA Tour’s new face, with Nike commercials and tour-sponsored Facebook chats." McIlroy said, "My life has changed a little bit. But it's great. I'm in a great position, and I'm trying to embrace it as much as I can." He added, "I see myself as a golfer on the PGA Tour that wants to be the best he can be. I don’t see the need to carry any sort of torch. I just want to win golf tournaments" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/21). Also in N.Y., Mark Cannizzaro writes McIlroy is "now the big dog in the sport." That has "become very apparent" during this "remarkable run he is on." He has "supplanted Tiger Woods as the man until further notice" (N.Y. POST, 8/21). In S.F., Ron Kroichick noted McIlroy last week "bailed on the Frys.com Open," the Tour's season-opening event in October. McIlroy had "given tournament officials an 'emphatic' verbal commitment, twice, and allowed them to promote his appearance in numerous online advertisements." But with his schedule "overflowing, he reneged," which is a "bad look." It is "one thing to change your mind and skip a tournament after privately telling tournament officials you’ll be there." But it is "another thing entirely to approve a promotional campaign and jump ship when a better option emerges." McIlroy later "apologized and promised to play" in the '15 event (SFGATE.com, 8/20).