Have you seen the results from the 2015 Irish Open which took place from May 28-31, 2015, at the Royal County Down golf club in Northern Ireland? The two biggest name golfers in the 2015 Irish Open field were Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler and both players failed miserably in the tournament.
Here’s a quick recap of how Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler did at the 2015 Irish Open. If you are interested, here’s a list of the prize money that was up for grabs at the 2015 Irish Open.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler both fail miserably at 2015 Irish Open
- Rory McIlroy
Inexplicably, Rory McIlroy shot an opening round 80 at the 2015 Irish Open. That was nine over par for arguably the greatest golfer in the world today. McIlroy came back the second day and shot even par but the damage was already done and he missed the cut by four strokes.
Not only was that a terrible showing by Rory McIlroy in his home country’s headline event, but even more embarrassing was the fact that Rory McIlroy was the host for the 2015 Irish Open. It’s possible that McIlroy got sidetracked and found it hard to concentrate because he had duties to perform as the tournament’s host but it was still a miserable showing by the best golfer in the world.
At least a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Irish Open are going to Rory McIlroy’s foundation. The Rory Foundation supports children’s charities big and small around the world to try and give kids a helping hand.
- Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler did not play as poorly as Rory McIlroy did at the 2015 Irish Open, but he still failed miserably to have any real impact on the tournament’s outcome. Fowler shot even par through the first two rounds to make the cut, but then he shot a 76 and a 73 to finish the tournament at +7.
That put him well behind the winner of the tournament and it was a terrible showing by the current 9th ranked golfer in the world (Official World Golf Ranking) especially considering that the Irish Open field was not filled with top ranked golfers. Earlier this year, Rickie Fowler was voted by his peers as the most overrated golfer in the world (tied with Ian Poulter) in a Sports Illustrated poll.
Rickie Fowler did a little bit to dampen the overrated tag when he won The Players Championship on May 10, 2015, but that was only the second win of his PGA career. Shooting seven over par at the 2015 Irish Open will do nothing to to help Rickie Fowler overcome the overrated tag.
With four major wins already under his belt, Rory McIlroy never has to worry about being overrated and I think most golf fans will give him a pass for his 2015 Irish Open play. Rickie Fowler, on the other hand, has never won a major and only has two career PGA Tour wins so his poor play in a weak Irish Open field is far less forgivable.