By: Julio Olmo
Rivalries are the greatest bell calling-sounding board there is in any sport.
It is free publicity.
And from the advertising standpoint, there is no good or bad publicity…there is just publicity!
I grew up amongst some of the fiercest rivalries times ever, so all these Love Fests-Autographed Jersey Exchanges photo ups after games, personally it is not my thing.
Call me old fashion, but I am glad rivalries have made a comeback.
The increasing television viewing-talk show and other fans’ platforms ratings, fully support my argument.
Golf is no different.
“Rory (McIlroy) hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour… So I don’t view it as a rivalry”, Brooks Koepka.
The claim by Brooks Koepka is not wrong.
Rory McIlroy’s last victory, the 2014 PGA Championship came 6 months before Brooks Koepka gained Tour status with his first win in Phoenix.
Since that time Brooks Koepka has won four majors while Rory McIlroy hasn’t won one.
So while it might not be a rivalry on the golf course, it is a rivalry of words and that is a good thing.
“What Brooks said wasn’t wrong. I mean, he’s been the best player in the world the last couple years – four majors. I don’t think he had to remind me that I haven’t won one in a while,” Rory McIlroy said diplomatically, “I love Brooks, he’s a great guy. Obviously super competitive, like we all are. I guess I can see where he’s coming from.”
Brooks Koepka firing such a quote was not meant to create controversy or questions because at the end of the day there isn’t one on the Golf Course.
However, Golf enthusiasts know that adversity is what gets him going and while Rory McIlroy just says that it does not bother him and was just going to ignore it, but he probably was hitting 350 yards bombs off his tee-offs for a good while.
“I think if you take what Brooks said out of context then it can become this big thing that it’s become,” Rory McIlroy continued, “But Brooks and I are good, we’re good friends.”
I don’t know about the out of context thing, but if – again!, that’s the response to…
“I’ve been out here for what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour. So I don’t view it as a rivalry.”, Brooks Koepka.
Which was Koepka’s attempt to make it very clear to everyone that he is the world’s No. 1 golfer and that any talk of a rivalry between him and McIlroy is a waste of time because McIlroy hasn’t won a major in five years.
Sure sounds like a rivalry to me.
“Rory McIlroy should win The Masters if he doesn’t try too hard. Needs it to complete the career grand slam….let it slip away too many times.”, Ron Mintz – Golf Analyst/Writer.