PGA Championship: One last look at pure joy

I have never had a tournament where people barely aware of golf clamored for any additional information to bolster their experience of watching it. Until Rory McIlroy’s win at the PGA Championship on Sunday. Not to mention the avid golfers who couldn’t get enough. The drama of Rory and Phil and Rickie racing to finish before the vanishing light robbed them of their ability to read the greens was riveting.

A writer friend of mine in L.A. with scant golf experience was so inspired that he is committed to really investing himself in the game. He is so into it, he is already trying to correlate the golf swing to what he knows about marksmanship, a very keen understanding of the subtlety that he knows is ahead. I received my first swing question by email this afternoon.

So while we are all still basking in the afterglow of the tournament, there is one last thing I want to point out before we get on to this week’s event, the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.

McIlroy takes time for young fan after PGA’s first round” made the front page of on Friday. It is a story of sheer joy evidenced in a spontaneous photograph taken by a young girl’s father when they chanced up Rory McIlroy pumping his own gas after Thursday’s round. Excerpts from the father’s blog explain the encounter, but it is the photograph that sells it. Rory was more than willing to sign autographs and pose for a picture with Maggie.

Your eye will be drawn immediately to the excitement — and yes, joy — in her face over meeting her hero. But just as endearing is the expression on Rory’s face that says, “Yes, I know how much this means to you and I am only to happy to give it to you.” His totally relaxed magnanimity glows in his face.

It’s all precious. Enjoy.

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