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Rory McIroy responds to Gary Player's marital advice

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09:29 AM ET 08.03 | This level of restraint and the degree of emotional control you'll read about here is so severe it is appropriate, of course it belongs to a golfer. To back up a bit: Golf great Gary Player backhandedly insulted Rory McIlroy's girlfriend last week, all under the guise of "friendly advice." Here's what the 77-year-old Player said about the supposedly struggling McIlroy: "When you're in love as a young man naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It's natural. Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives. But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he's got to make sure he has a woman like I've got, who has been married (to me) for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well and made sacrifices. He's got to be intelligent and find the right wife. If he finds the right wife, if he practices and if he's dedicated, he could be the man." McIlroy is dating tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. McIlroy was given those comments and was asked to respond. Golf Channel has the whole thing, should you be inclined, but there's the meat: "I have the utmost respect for Gary Player," McIlroy said. "He is an incredible man. Obviously the success he's had on the golf course, but just the way he's lived his life and how healthy he is. Obviously he's an inspiration for everyone. I don't know what he said. This is the first time I've heard it. I don't really know, all I know is I've got a lot of respect for the man, and he's someone that I definitely look up to."

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August 3, 2013  06:58 PM ET

Tempest in a teapot. Player is right that if Rory is going to try to be the next Tiger/Jack/Arnie etc. then he has to marry a girl who understands what sacrifices they will have to make to attain that. I would think a world class tennis player would understand that very well and I don't see Player's comments as insulting at all. Smart response by Rory as well. Seems like media trying to make a story where there isn't one.

August 3, 2013  10:58 PM ET

Unlike his current Mrs., at least Rory has won a major (times 2)...

August 3, 2013  11:51 PM ET

Move along, Johnny. No story here.

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August 4, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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Tempest in a teapot. Player is right that if Rory is going to try to be the next Tiger/Jack/Arnie etc. then he has to marry a girl who understands what sacrifices they will have to make to attain that. I would think a world class tennis player would understand that very well and I don't see Player's comments as insulting at all. Smart response by Rory as well. Seems like media trying to make a story where there isn't one.

Agree on all points.

August 4, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Gary Player has Rory's best interests at heart.

August 6, 2013  02:04 PM ET

Why is this even a thread?

August 6, 2013  03:15 PM ET
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Why is this even a thread?

I'm sure I don't have any idea.

August 7, 2013  09:56 PM ET

Caro is the worst. He should dump her like last week's garbage.

August 12, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Rory had himself a nice tournament this weekend. Tiger, on the otherhand, seems to be beating himself to death mentally at the majors.

August 21, 2013  03:11 PM ET

Hmmm

October 15, 2013  09:52 PM ET

Huh?

 
October 17, 2013  12:09 PM ET

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