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To be a great, McIlroy must stay true to himself
He also has the protective arm of his agent, Chubby Chandler, on his young shoulders.
“We’ve got a responsibility to make sure he keeps loving the game and that he don’t burn out,” he says. “You know I’ve never handled anybody like him, but you’ve seen people burn out. We’re not going to let it happen to him.”
“He wants to play golf. He loves playing golf and hanging out with his mates and whatever, so what will be will be. He still doesn’t want a logo. He’s not caught up in that,” Chandler adds.
Let’s hope, for his happiness and that of golf, that McIlroy stays that way. When his career is done, McIlroy will be measured not only by how many majors he won but also by how true he remained to the freckled, disheveled young man who charmed the checkered pants off his sport by handling defeat and victory with equal grace and by insisting that, in the bigger scheme of things, he’s only someone who hits “a little white ball around a field sometimes.”
Because if he loses himself in the process, all that golfing history McIlroy’s going to make won’t mean half as much.
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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