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Rory McIlroy got candid about his career goals, and WRX members had plenty to say

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So, Rory McIlroy dished on his career goals, and GolfWRX members dished on his dishing.

OldTomMorris, praised be his name, started the thread with reference to a BBC interview with Rors. In the interview, McIlroy stated that in addition to capturing that pesky Masters victory and winning the career grand slam, he wants to be the best European golfer ever. If he were to achieve that feat, he’d like to be remembered ahead of Gary Player as the greatest International player.

This elicited no shortage of engaging replies from the WRX faithful.

For context, we’ll assume Rory is talking about major victories and not overall wins. Thus, he won’t be concerned about Scotsman Tommy Armour winning 25 times Englishman or Jim Barnes’s 21 victories. Nick Faldo has six major championships. Gary Player has nine. McIlroy’s total stands at four.

Mr. Wolf said

“I’d like to see him surpass Faldo as the best European player, but I’ve said for some time that I don’t think McIlroy will win another major – not without some serious work on his green reading and wedge play in any case. To my mind, he’s lost the edge he had over the competition a few years ago.”

josephs_79 wrote

“I read somewhere else on this site and agreed he either needs to learn how to hit the half and 3/4 wedge properly or stop hitting it as long as he can and start leaving himself full swings in.”

To which Dart Putter replied

“If Dustin Johnson can get much better as a wedge player, Rory can too.”

WideSpreadPanic cited a potential equipment-related pattern

“He slumped when he first transitioned into Nike and then settled in and tore it up. Hopefully he can repeat that.”

Dave230 wrote

“Rory isn’t as far away as you’d think, especially when he gets an off-season to really work on his game and put in considered practice. The one thing I think he has, which is invaluable, is that when he sniffs a win, he often raises his game in the final round.”

And this is just a curation of the first 25 replies! You’ll want to check out the rest and have your say in the thread.

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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