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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

15 Comments

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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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The most ‘Instagrammed’ golf courses in the world

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The Swilken Burn, Hogan, Nelson and Sarazen bridges, ‘that’ Van De Velde 18th at The Open, just some of the millions of sights that are perfectly captured in time by golf professional and amateur photographers alike, but what are the most picturesque?

To answer that, and much more. money.co.uk issued a report in October that offered their comprehensive guide to the ‘ultimate’ course, whether that be based on green fees, most popular during the pandemic or indeed the ‘most Instagrammed’.

Analyzing the hashtag #golf, the publication also recorded relevant posts from TikTok and came up with some incredible numbers.

Instagram posts featuring the above tag numbered 28.5 million, whilst the increasingly popular snap video site numbered 15.3 billion views with the reference ‘golf’. Not all, of course, about the scenery, but still demonstrating the universal appeal of the game we all love and popularity during the recent months of the pandemic.

Leading the way and, therefore, potentially the most popular and photographed was TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players championship. No doubt the par-three 17th hole contributed much to the 50,168 Insta posts that saw the Ponte Vedra course record some 17,500 posts ahead of Bandon Dunes and Pebble Beach.

2025 Ryder Cup venue, Bethpage Black, receives around 21,000 posts whist the UK isn’t left out, with St. Andrews predictably heading the way in sixth place (15,065 posts) ahead of Royal Portrush (7th) and Royal Birkdale in ninth with 10,160 references.

With the host of the 2021 PGA Championship, Kiawah Island, bringing up the top-10, the total amount of posts for these 10 courses alone was around 220,000, some 8,000 less than the amount of check-ins on Facebook for Sawgrass alone.

Interestingly, the report lists The Stadium Course as costing circa £400 per green fee, some £350 more than the maybe more public-friendly Bethpage Black. Whether that means golf folk are prepared to pay more to experience a ‘more scenic’ track is open to interpretation.

Make yours by viewing the report at Money.co.uk.

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Tiger hitting fairway woods on range at Hero fuels PNC Championship entry speculation

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To go alongside his first media briefing since his car accident back in February, Tiger Woods was spotted taking full swings with a fairway wood at the Hero World Challenge yesterday.

The Tiger updates have been coming frequently in the past week, and this seems to be another significant development, especially with rumors circulating around his potential involvement in this month’s PNC Championship.

Woods seemed to downplay the idea of him being able to compete with the world’s best again, but perhaps he was just tempering expectations for his latest comeback.

Will Tiger tee it up alongside Charlie for his comeback event? Let us know what you think!

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‘This f—ing ripped shirt. Jesus!’ – McIlroy snaps at reporter after question on Dubai shirt incident

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When journalists see a bite they usually go for it, and whilst there will no doubt be continual questions directed at Tiger Woods after the recent press conference at his own Hero World Challenge, the small field of 20 were never going to get away with it if there was a story to clamp on to.

Cue Rory McIlroy after his recent ‘ripped shirt’ episode, something that perhaps was worth a minor comment at best in Rory’s view. The journalists present at the event didn’t see it that way though.

At yesterday’s presser, one reporter commented, ”Nice shirt, it’s in one piece” to receive the biting comeback from McIlroy: ”It is. Another joke you tried to make that’s not funny.”

Throughout the briefing, the world number 8 gave succinct thoughts on a variety of current issues, including his own form and the Saudi debate, before one more reporter tried their luck by asking what happened to the shirt.

”I went to the pro shop, bought a new one, threw that one in the trash. I mean, this f—ing ripped shirt. Jesus!”

Let’s hope that’s the end of RippedShirtGate, an episode that only heightened the respect many have for the dedication of the four-time Major winner, but one that clearly is generating plenty of interest from media members.

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