One of Rory McIlroy’s more humiliating losses may come back to haunt him

Sharon Wong

Rory beaten

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We’d ask you to meet the man who beat beefed-up Rory McIlroy in a good old-fashioned arm wrestling match, but he wasn’t even a man yet at the time. Then 17-year old Brad Dalke indisputably owned our favorite body builder on the course when the two went head to head last year. After seeing this video of Rory’s quick defeat, we’re half wondering if Dalke is part of the reason he’s been so obsessed with his fitness routine of late.

It appears that Brad Dalke has once again entered the fighting ring. A talented junior golfer who’s been committed to Oklahoma since he was 12, Dalke will be making his PGA Tour debut at the Valero Texas Open this week. He’s apparently as much of a powerhouse with a club as he is with his bare hands; he has a 72.86 scoring average at Norman, with a season-best 66 at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational. We wonder if McIlroy will deliver his comeuppance when they next face each other as professional rivals or if he’ll find that Dalke’s quite easily capable of tossing him around his own arena. He’d better work some krav maga into that morning routine.


On the other hand, it will be entertaining to see how Dalke fares against another of golf’s titans, Mark Wahlberg. Surely it’s not every man who can take on a Hollywood certified action star who can just as easily swing a golf club as incapacitate you with one.