Rory McIlroy is hoping to be celebrating Father’s Day the same way he celebrated Mother’s Day in the United States – with a victory.
Rory McIlroy, statements
“Mother’s Day was pretty good to us a few weeks ago, so hopefully we can have the same result on Father’s Day. I’m trying to think of the last time where I really felt like I had a chance. Carnoustie in 18 felt like I maybe had half a chance, going into the final day at Pebble in 2019. But apart from that, there’s been some good finishes but never felt like I was in the thick of things. I’m just excited for the opportunity to have a chance and be in one of the final groups. It’s definitely the best that I’ve played this week. I felt like I played well on Thursday and 70 felt like the worst I could have shot. A little scrappy yesterday but then today I hit a lot of fairways starting out, hit a lot of greens, gave myself a lot of birdie chances. Didn’t actually make that many but I just stayed really patient knowing that if you’re not making bogeys out there, you’re not losing ground. I stayed patient, was rewarded with a little bit of a fortunate birdie on 10 and then a really fortunate birdie on 12 with a chip-in. I just played a really solid round of golf. There was really one loose shot out there, which was the drive on 15, but apart from that, it’s one of the best rounds of golf I’ve played in a while”.
Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site.
“I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay. But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye. Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more. It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them. I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman. I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time. And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears”.