Rory McIlroy had a rough start to his final round, but started the back nine at +1 on the day. He was still in first place, still at 11-under par. Then he proceeded to triple-bogey 10, bogey 11, double-bogey 12, and hit the ball into a creek on 13. It was reminiscent of similar meltdowns by Greg Norman, “The Great White Shark.”
If Northern Ireland weren’t too cold for great white sharks (or, if St. Patrick hadn’t driven them out, along with all the snakes), we’d have been hearing more comparisons. As it was, former British Open runner-up Jean Van de Velde tried to call and offer consolation, but it didn’t work out. First, Van de Velde misdialed, then sent a blank text message while trying to redial. He tried a follow-up text, which he accidentally posted as a Facebook status update, then dropped his phone into a creek. But trust me, he feels your pain, Rory.