Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/10/14

NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Europe celebrate on the balcony of the clubhouse following Europe's victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
He is not like most athletes. And that, it seems, is why we are intent on ruining him. Speaking with Rory McIlroy, the former No. 1 golfer in the world and reigning PGA champion, is not like engaging with Aaron Rodgers or Derek Jeter, even though all three are fine, accommodating people who make themselves reasonably available. But unlike the others, Rory hasnt developed the ego yet, or the walls that go with it. Since hes from Northern Ireland and a newbie to baseball he hasnt learned the lesson Crash Davis taught in Bull Durham when he said, You be cocky and arrogant, even when you're getting beat. That's the secret. You gotta play with fear and arrogance. McIlroy appears to posses neither fear nor a hint of arrogance. He is open, gracious, calm, honest, and humble. And because of that, his critics are chewing him to shreds. After 32 weeks atop the World Golf Rankings, McIlroy lost his perch when Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25. In typical fashion...
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