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Rory McIlroy says “I don’t care about the U.S. Open or The Open” only the Masters. Reactions?

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It’s a headline that’s everywhere today: Rory McIlroy doesn’t care about the other majors, just the Masters.

Sort of. That’s not really the best representation of McIlroy’s sentiment, although it is what he said. His remarks are mostly a statement of fact (albeit one that might not please the R&A or USGA): The Masters is the most prestigious and most-watched of the four majors. And as it’s the major the Ulsterman is yet to win, it’s the most significant to him personally.

Here’s exactly what McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship, per James Corrigan of The Telegraph

“The Masters has now become the biggest golf tournament in the world and I’m comfortable saying that…I don’t care about the US Open or The Open, it is the biggest golf tournament in the world, the most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype, everything is at Augusta. For me it’s the most special tournament that we play and it’s the one everyone desperately wants to win…but even if I was going for my first major, it’s tough to win. So no, I don’t think the Grand Slam, that’s not really what I think about. I just think about trying to win the Masters and what that means and being able to go and use the Champions Locker Room, just all the cool stuff that comes along with it.”

As you would expect, there’s already a GolfWRX forum thread dedicated to the topic. Here are a few of the reactions.

Dave230 says

“Will annoy some people when he’s won The Open and it’s supposed to be his home major…They’re probably equal in terms of prestige. I think he’s treating the Masters like the woman that’s hard to get, and adds to the attraction. Might say the same about the Open if that was the one missing, and he had a green jacket from 2011.”

Bscinstint says

“I respect his candor, we rarely get this insight into how a top athlete really thinks. Hope he finds the right balance of single mindedness and being able to objectively/cooly approach the Masters.”

Valtiel says

“This is why we saw through the “all the pressure is on Reed” comments he made. There are some psychological pieces of his puzzle that he needs to get a better handle on it sounds like.”

ClintDagger says

“Don’t think he’ll ever win The Masters. It’s in his head like it was for Norman although for different reasons.”

What do you think about Rory McIlroy’s candor in general, and these remarks in particular, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Dave r

    May 4, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Right on Rory about time someone said it. All the rest are a total s#%#% show. At least at the Master you can watch golf not a circus act. True test of golf and no rude drunk fans.

  2. Nate

    May 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Who cares about Rory? Honestly he is so not even on the radar anymore, I don’t know why he even bothers commenting on the masters, the guy has no chance of winning. I feel like this press is simply a way of sneaking back in the spotlight.

  3. Dexter92

    May 3, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Didn’t he once say that the Ryder Cup was little more than an exhibition match ? – silly bugger

  4. Jay

    May 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This might be a candidate for “The Most Brainless Comment on WRX of 2018” great job Jamie!

    • Jamie

      May 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Do you have a thought about what Rory said, Cuckboy?

  5. Greg V

    May 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    He’ll have to walk this comment back.

  6. cody

    May 3, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    this article is almost unreadable it so sloppy. repeating the same sentence, bad copy and pastes. come on guys, a bit more time spent editing will go miles.

  7. Jamie

    May 3, 2018 at 10:58 am

    The British Open and the US Open are the truest tests of elite golf. The Masters is preferred by the hipsters: the weakest test with the weakest field. Well said, Rory.

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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson

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Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt

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Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?

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There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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