Belfast Telegraph

Rory McIlroy's right, golf must be more accessible

By Ali Gordon

Chipping golf balls into the washing machine and sleeping with his hands in the same position that his golf coach had taught him as a toddler, it doesn't seem Rory McIlroy could have been destined for anything other than golfing greatness.

He didn't come from the typical golfing family, let's be honest. His father worked multiple jobs and his mother did extra shifts in a factory just to support his dream of being the world's best golfer. And boy, has it paid off.

World number one and four-time major championship winner at the age of 25. Talk about defying the odds.

But this puts McIlroy in the perfect position to comment on the desperate need for the world of golf to change.

This week, he said that golf needed to be more accessible to young children and more should be done to attract kids to the sport - and he's right.

McIlroy has a lot to be thanked for, alongside Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, for putting Northern Ireland on the map in terms of golf but elsewhere a lot is left to be desired, especially for young children and their parents who cannot afford the crippling costs.

So, some may propose slashing membership fees, having more child-friendly events or even trying to get top golfers involved in more events in their local areas.

Not Bubba Watson though, he decided to make a rap instead.

Bubba Claus, as he should now be referred to in the Christmas gangster rap circles, is certainly doing his bit to break down barriers with kids. If a little cringeworthy.

What kid wouldn't want to know what's in Santa Claus's bag? "Is it golf clubs or a bag of toys?" Nope.

"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Bubba Claus." Obviously.

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