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Former Ryder Cup captain: Rory McIlroy is “not the full deal”

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Despite winning four times in 2019, Rory McIlroy has been described as being “not the full deal” by former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

McGinley was assessing the state of the 30-year-old’s game while working as a pundit for Sky Sports UK over the weekend, and the Irishman criticized McIlroy’s “poor” iron play, along with suggesting the current world number two is unable to control his ball in tougher conditions (original quotes via Bunkered)

“He’s not the full deal. There’s no doubt that his iron play has been poor and when he gets in inclement conditions he doesn’t seem to control the ball as well in the wind but there is lots to admire.”

The analyst did, however, single out the improvements McIlroy has made with his short game, describing this part of his game as “something else” and now a strength.

“His short game has become one of the strengths of his game when it used to be one of the weaknesses.”

McIlroy finished 2019 ranked 12th on Tour for strokes gained: approaching the green, which is 44 spots higher than his performance in this department in 2018. The Ulsterman has finished in the top-20 on Tour for strokes gained: around the greens for the last two consecutive seasons.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. jgpl001

    Nov 26, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    McGinley is right, but there seems to be a touch of residual resentment over Rory’s decision to rejoin the European Tour for a few events on his own terms and his decision to snub McGinleys Irish Open at Lahinch this summer.

    I have huge respect for both, but this needs to be nipped in the bud, NOW

  2. Kim Chee

    Nov 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Paul McGinley running his big mouth again. Jeez. First, he wanted Tiger to step down from being Team USA’s Captain for the Presidents Cup. Now, he’s hating on Rory. Enough already. Mind your own business.

  3. Dan

    Nov 26, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Sure Paul – off you trot now. lol

  4. James

    Nov 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Wow. The shank bots for media darling The Ulsterman out in FULL force! Paul McGinley is right.

  5. kyle

    Nov 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    he is right. everyone is just afraid to say it. if rory keeps hiding from the truth, he wont win a masters 🙁

    • Paulo

      Nov 26, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      This is right. Apart from the thing that stopped him walking off with a masters was his brain and not his iron play. McIlroy is one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen. Nobody on this forum , or in a tv studio is any position to point out where he’s going wrong.

  6. Kim Chee

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Paul McGinley opening his fat mouth again. First, he wants Tiger to step down from being Team USA’s Captain at the Presidents Cup. Now, he’s hating on Rory. Just stop. Both these guys can whoop your ass blindfolded.

  7. Michael

    Nov 26, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    LOL…OK, Paul.

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I love this! Bummed he’s leaving the USGA but stoked to play “hell day” at a Mike Davis track. 

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