Young Mr McIlroy and “the human capacity to get over a bad experience”

There’s a lot of things to be said about Rory McIlroy’s golfing career, most of it better left said by him on the golf course than by some gobs**** on the internet… One might be that Portrush has a better chance than its had in sixty years to host one of golf’s majors..

But the Guardian has what is for me one of the most important lessons the rest of us can draw from his immediate story:

Mr McIlroy’s brilliant victory last night was achieved in precisely the same swashbuckling way that he always plays. It is also a vindication of the human capacity to get over a bad experience, a textbook endorsement of the claim that the best thing to do after a fall is get back on a horse, and dreadful news for trauma counsellors and sports psychologists everywhere.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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