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Rory McIlroy is Michelangelo’s ‘David’ on cover of ‘Golf Digest’ (photo)


Golf Digest has a history of coming up with interesting covers for its issues, ones that generate a buzz and sell copies. While the cover of their latest issue featuring Rory McIlroy depicted as Michelangelo’s David isn’t as provocative nor controversial as their cover featuring Paulina Gretzky, it certainly is … intriguing.

The best part might be that not much had to be altered between how David’s hair is represented in the sculpture and how McIlroy’s hair appears during its shaggier moments.

Michelangelo’s David arguably is the technical pinnacle of Renaissance sculpture, as it has few rivals in art when it comes to precision and expertise demonstrated in its unparalleled handiwork. The same in a way could be said about McIlroy’s game at this point in his career, as his 2014 campaign was one of the finest in recent memory.

Although, as For the Win notes, unlike David’s “underdog” role in the Biblical story that inspired Michelangelo to create the David sculpture, McIlroy is more like the “Goliath” when it comes to his place among his professional golf peers. What’s more, when it comes to angrily tossing a club into the water, McIlroy has no rival.

Either way, it’s probably a wise move by Golf Digest outfitting McIlroy in a Nike (?) kilt, as an exactly duplication of David’s nudity likely would have elicited a bevy of reactions akin to Helen Lovejoy’s characterization of the classic sculpture: “It’s filth! It graphically portrays parts of the human body, which, practical as they may be, are evil!” A few Helen Lovejoy-inspired “Won’t somebody please think of the children?!?” perhaps may have been thrown in as well.

At the same time, had the esteemed magazine elected to represent McIlroy-as-David in the sculpture’s au naturel form, its latest issue likely would have generated as much buzz as the one featuring the aforementioned Paulina Gretzky cover. So, it’s likely the decision ended up being a toss up of sorts.