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Rory McIlroy hits back at stinging criticism from Tom Weiskopf

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Rory McIlroy recently came under attack from the 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf, and it has prompted a passionate response from the Ulsterman.

Earlier this week, Tom Weiskopf spoke to GolfWeek where he claimed he didn’t feel Rory McIlroy had it in him to add more than one major championship to his current tally, citing a lack of determination, as well as laying into the 4-time major champion’s putting.

“I look at Rory McIlroy and I think golf is something just for Rory to do. I’ve said it for a while now that I don’t think he’ll win much more than the four he’s got, or maybe five, because I don’t see that determination and will to be the best. I think it is there in Dustin Johnson. I think he finally figured it out and this could propel him to win all four in one year.

I don’t see any frustration. Life is good and it should be – he’s a multi, multi-millionaire and has a kid now – but I don’t see the Tiger attitude. It’s like he’s satisfied all the time. The guy is not a good putter. He can hit some putts so off line with the wrong speed. He’s technically not a good putter but one of the purest swings you’d ever want to watch play in the game. Technically, he’s superior to Dustin Johnson, but Dustin has the confidence to do it every time.

“I know Rory works out but I bet if you watched them both work out, Rory would be a lot of laughs and giggles and Dustin would be balls to the wall and forcing a little bit more on himself and that’s what he’s done.”

It’s a perspective that did not pass McIlroy by, who speaking to GolfWeek dismissed the criticism as not being a “fair assessment” and declared how he tries his heart out on every shot. 

“I’ve never met Tom Weiskopf in my life, he’s never met me, so he’s obviously making a statement based on what he sees from the outside, but I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. I’ve shown throughout my career that I care, that I want to win, that I want to be the best. And I’ve been the best. 

It’s not as if I’m out there in the clouds and not thinking about it. I try my heart out on every single shot, every single tournament that I play.”

The 31-year-old also brought attention to a club snap moment at the Zozo recently as evidence of how he can become frustrated on the course.

“I maybe deal better with disappointment than I used to. I saw the interview where he said he sees no frustration. Like, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I mean, look at the Zozo. I’m breaking clubs, so there’s a bit of frustration there. Obviously, he didn’t watch that round of golf.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. JB

    Dec 4, 2020 at 1:42 am

    I’ve never met you either, Rory. But I saw you try to cheat by pretending to stand on a cart path to get a drop. WGC Mexico. I’ve seen you throw clubs like a spoiled child.

    Since when does one have to “meet you” to see your character when you think nobody is paying attention? GD narcissistic lib memes.

  2. davinci38

    Dec 3, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    If I were McIlroy, I would state that Weiskopf’s career was inferior to his. He also couldn’t hack it on the Senior tour, and he was washed up by the time he was nearing 40.

  3. James

    Dec 2, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Both are right. I guess time will tell who’s more right.

    One thing I’ve always liked about Tom is that he’s always had the balls to point out the elephant in the room nobody wants to see.

  4. Gary

    Dec 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Tom who?

  5. Jack Nash

    Dec 2, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Tom has hit the nail on the head. Ever since Rory signed the multi, multi, multi million dollar Nike Contract that’s about what’s happened. There’d be a lot more hunger if the money wasn’t so free flowing easy.

  6. Matt Kudocheeeeeee

    Dec 2, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Scoreboard, Tom, scoreboard!! Your career pales in comparison! Stay in retirement and touch base with Matt Kudocheeeeeeeeee!!

  7. Caroline C. Gray

    Dec 2, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Golfer Tom Weiskopf: Bio and Career Stats / Profile of the golfer who won the 1973 British Open
    Tom Weiskopf was known for having one of the best swings of his era, and his career was pretty good: 16 wins and a British Open championship. But just about everyone, including Weiskopf, felt his career should have been even better.
    Golf Digest described him as having “a golf swing to die for, a mixture of grace and power.” But a bad temper and his knack for becoming easily flustered cost him. “He was one of the most tormented players of all time, a linear perfectionist who somehow didn’t attain the greatness expected of him,” according to Golf Digest.

    How does Weiskopf respond to such descriptions? When asked in that Golf Digest interview if he had made the most of his talent, Weiskopf replied, “Emphatically, no. I had power, I had control, I had finesse and I had some guts,” he said. He just didn’t have the maturity on the golf course, in the late 1960s and 1970s, to make the most of those abilities. 12-02-20 UPDATE: Apparently Tom has a bad memory — and is jealous of “Rory’s well-balanced family/life achievements.”

    • Jack Nash

      Dec 2, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Weiskopf had to also deal with somebody called Nicklaus. Rorys gone up against Tiger, while Tigers on the back 9 of golf life.

      • C. C. Gray

        Dec 3, 2020 at 12:49 pm

        Jack, Et Al, we all need to remember: “Golf Pros play against the course” . . . not each other. FYI: I was a big fan of Weiskopf. My three top pros during that period were: Player/Nicklaus/Weiskopf (I saw them play live at Dural). Amazing times. ~ CCG

  8. SHAD HUGH GOLDSTON

    Dec 2, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Matt Kuchar is KING!

  9. Dave Bryce

    Dec 2, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Tom Weiskopf criticizing Rory,how ironic,this coming from one of the sweetest swinging, talented players on tour in the 70s! Tom with only one major with his limitless potential, too Rory’s 4! Tom was renowned as a miserable ,arrogant player while Rory a friendly likeable character, enough said!

  10. Franz

    Dec 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Weiskoff had 16 PGA tournament wins, including 1 major and 2 European wins. Rory, at 31 years-old has 18 PGA tournament wins, including 4 majors & 14 European wins. Mr. Weiskoff might want
    stick to his design business.

  11. Cliff

    Dec 2, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Weiskopf was a hot head with a bad disposition in life. Tom should have kept his trap shut so we can continue to forget what he was like.

    • James

      Dec 2, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      What was he like? Give us all the hypocrite media talking points.

  12. golfman

    Dec 2, 2020 at 10:44 am

    #WeiskopfRight —— #RoryWrong

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‘Angry Golfers’ – Pro golfers visit anger management in hilarious Euro tour video

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The European Tour has produced many memorable pieces of content over the past couple of years – but they have just outdone themselves with their latest video: ‘Angry Golfers’.

Filmed in Abu Dhabi, the video stars Tommy Fleetwood who hosts a group therapy session for some golfers looking to lose their temper on the course: Matt Wallace, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Eddie Pepperell, and of course, Tyrrell Hatton.

Check out the funny video below.

Here’s what some of our members have been saying about the video in our forums:

  • Matty01984: “More amazing work from the European Tour social media team!”
  • Frankensteins Monster: “Bloody brilliant.”
  • gators78: “Whatever this strategic partnership/alliance/cuddle buddy deal is between the PGA Tour and the Euro Tour, the PGAT should launch their entire social media staff and use the Euro Tours. Their stuff is just miles better.”

We can only hope we don’t have too long to wait for more great stuff from the Euro Tour content committee!

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Old news, but this SUCKS!

 

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The truth hurts…

 

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These are so satisfying…….

 

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BC’s hot take………

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Tiger’s alarming decrease in clubhead speed before his 5th back surgery

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Tiger Woods’ close friend Notah Begay talked to Golf Channel this week and shared some insightful information on the pain Tiger felt prior to his latest back surgery and just how much the issue was hurting his performance.

Per Begay, one of the first things Tiger was quick to notice at the PNC Championship back in December was the alarming rate in which his clubhead speed had dropped.

Woods had a PGA Tour-best clubhead speed of 129.2 mph in March 2018, but last month that clubhead speed had sunk to 113mph due to the pain he was feeling.

“I had a chance to visit with him and catch up over at the PNC Championship, but one of the things he did bring up was that he noticed that his clubhead speed was creeping down around 113 (mph), and, I’ve known this guy since he was 9 years old, and he might have been over 113 back then. I don’t think he’s ever crept this low.”  

The analyst also revealed that Woods had “some concern” about having a 5th back surgery, and described the “radiating” pain which forced Tiger to go under the knife yet again:

“I talked to him just recently, within the last hour, and he mentioned that there was radiating pain back down the back part of his leg. Anybody that’s ever had disc problems like myself can realize and understand that’s just a very uncomfortable place to be in. 

Any way you can alleviate the pain, in this particular case, through this procedure, is the way to go, especially if you want to try and pursue elite-level performance.”

For his comeback, Begay told viewers that Woods is back hitting balls already and will have Augusta in mind for his return. As for a blueprint for Tiger to add to his 82 PGA Tour wins, Begay believes hot putting weeks will be key.

“He’s fine. I mean, I literally 15 minutes ago exchanged texts with him, and he was hitting golf balls. It’s not like he’s laying in the bed watching reruns of Friends. He’s gotten the pain alleviated. I promise he wasn’t trying to rip his driver out there, but he’s going to let it come back, he’s going to let it heal and we all know that he’s got the event in April circled.

There’s a lot of torque, a lot of stress, and I think he’s just going to have to play a little bit more of a consistent type of tee-to-green game and then just wait for when the putter starts to warm up like we know it can.”

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