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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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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week

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Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal

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My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.

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The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.

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While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart

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A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.

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There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.

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Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.

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Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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