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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail

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Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.

 

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

The folks at Dormie Workshop continue to outdo themselves. It’s ubearable.

The Peoples Clubs with a sick set of NCW blades they just built.

Heckuva an action by one of Jimmy Hutchings’ young pupils.

Kraken Golf is working on a deathly cool project.

Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

About right…

We think so too, Kevin.

If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

 

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