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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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Hungover Eddie Pepperell is the real winner of The Open

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Eddie Pepperell is never dull. The Englishman’s candor, articulateness, and skill with a pen make him a great follow on Twitter and beyond.

But even given standard Peperellian forthrightness, it was surprising to hear this: Pepperell was hungover during the final round at Carnoustie…a round in which he fired a 4-under 67.

Pepperell finished tied for sixth at 5-under, three strokes behind Francesco Molinari, and he offered this admission in his final-round press conference.

“I was a little hungover…I had too much to drink last night. And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.”

Hitting the course before the winds kicked up, Pepperell birdied the third, fifth, sixth, and 14th holes before rolling in another at the 17th.

He clarified that he’s no wino.

“Listen, I wouldn’t always have a drink the night before. Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger is minus-7, he didn’t have a drink last night, I bet. Proper athlete…I didn’t really have that much to drink, just I’m a lightweight, yeah.”

Pepperell clarified that he felt okay this morning, but woke up in the middle of the night feeling poorly. he said. Then it was time to sit back and watch as the leaders battled Carnoustie’s back nine.

Proper athlete or no, Pepperell finished tied with Woods at 5 under.

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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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