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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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Tour pro reimburses gamblers after marathon exchange with heckler on social media

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Talor Gooch missed the cut at the Valspar, and as a result, found himself having to deal with a heckler on Twitter. In a wild twist, however, the confrontation then evolved into a situation where Gooch decided to reimburse gamblers who had bet money on him last week.

“3 bogeys in a row u are so bad @TalorGooch,” tweeted @VinkolaJokic to kick things off, to which Gooch replied, “Did you bet on me?”

This set off a 6-hour marathon of back and forth Tweets, with Gooch ready to reimburse the troll for his gambling losses.

However, the heckler had other ideas and challenged the golfer to a $50k mini-golf match in New York, which Gooch was ready to accept if proof of funds were provided.

Unsurprisingly, the proof of funds never came putting an end to the online back and forth.

However, when users realized that Gooch was prepared to reimburse the heckler’s gambling losses on him, they decided to chance their arm and see if Gooch would be so generous to deliver them a Venmo payment.

The answer? A resounding yes, with the 29-year-old reimbursing gamblers in a bold and generous move.

Pretty cool, but Gooch might want to stress that it’s a one off move considering the number of DFS golf gamblers growing by the week.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about ‘idiot fans’ on the PGA Tour

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the fans at recent tournaments, with many believing that even with limited capacity, the shouts and screams appear more obnoxious than ever.

WRXers have been having their say and offering up some solutions to curb the behavior in a year where plenty of players have already been heckled at events.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JimmyC59: “Anyone shouting, “You da man!”, “In the hole” (on a par four), or “mashed potatoes”, should be permanently banned from attending any golf tournament.”
  • Ghostwedge: “Tournament officials need to cut off the beer sales early, spend a lot more on crowd control. A PGA tournament isn’t an NFL game. You want to yell stupid s*** at the players and other fans? do it from the parking lot.”
  • jonsnow: “I wish it were as simple as cutting off alcohol sales earlier, removing the offenders, etc. All worthy ideas, but I think it’s a cultural thing; it’s a natural outgrowth of the current attention-seeking, social media-driven, me-focused society at large. The fact that it’s pathetic doesn’t make it any less omnipresent.”
  • Need4spd: “You guys all sound like you’d be a lot of fun at parties. Listen, you’re never going to catch me yelling anything loud enough to be heard on camera, but is it really that abhorrent? You guys make it sound like every hole on The PGA Tour is 16 at The Waste Management.”
  • Go Cougs: “I despise social media, but I seem to remember these shouts just as frequently before its prominence. I think it began with a guy at a tournament telling his buddies watching on tv at home, ‘Hey, I’m going to yell ‘Mashed Potatoes!, Baba Booey, or what have you. Listen for it.’And the rest is history.”

Entire Thread: “Idiot fans on the PGA Tour”

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How much each player won at the 2021 Valspar Championship

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Sam Burns claimed his first win on the PGA Tour on Sunday after holding off Keegan Bradley in a brilliant display that earned the 24-year-old $1,242,000 million. Bradley’s hopes were sunk when he found the water 13, but his solo runner-up finish is enough to secure a nice payday of $752,100 for the 34-year-old.

With a total prize purse of $6.9 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut won at the 2021 Valspar Championship.

1: Sam Burns, -17, $1,242,000
2: Keegan Bradley, -14, $752,100
T-3: Viktor Hovland, -13, $407,100
T-3: Cameron Tringale, -13, $407,100
5: Abraham Ancer, -12, $282,900
T-6: Vaughn Taylor, -10, $241,500
T-6: Max Homa, -10, $241,500
T-8: Louis Oosthuizen, -9, $201,825
T-8: Troy Merritt, -9, $201,825
T-8: Joaquin Niemann, -9, $201,825
T-11: Camilo Villegas, -8 $167,325
T-11: Brandt Snedeker, -8 $167,325
T-13: Bronson Burgoon, -7 $127,305
T-13: Hank Lebioda, -7 $127,305
T-13: Justin Thomas, -7 $127,305
T-13: Jason Kokrak, -7 $127,305
T-13: Bubba Watson, -7 $127,305
T-18: Adam Schenk, -6, $98,325
T-18: Charley Hoffman, -6, $98,325
T-18: Ted Potter Jr., -6, $98,325

T-21: Paul Casey, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Alex Noran, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Charl Schwartzel, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Ian Poulter, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Russell Knox, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Corey Conners, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Matthew NeSmith, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Danny Lee, -5, $65,291.25
T-29: Michael Gligic, -4, $40,572
T-29: Jimmy Walker, -4, $40,572
T-29: Vincent Whaley, -4, $40,572
T-29: Zach Johnson, -4, $40,572
T-29: Sungjae Im, -4, $40,572
T-29: K.H. Lee, -4, $40,572
T-29: Scott Stallings, -4, $40,572
T-29: Pat Perez, -4, $40,572
T-29: Kevin Na, -4, $40,572
T-29: Scottie Scheffler, -4, $40,572
T-39: Beau Hossler, -3, $25,875
T-39: Doc Redman, -3, $25,875
T-39: Tyler Duncan, -3, $25,875
T-39: Ryan Moore, -3, $25,875
T-39: Kyle Stanley, -3, $25,875
T-39: Scott Brown, -3, $25,875
T-39: Denny McCarthy, -3, $25,875
T-39: Charles Howell III, -3, $25,875
T-39: Bo Van Pelt, -3, $25,875

T-48: Wesley Bryan, -2, $17,687
T-48: Lucas Glover, -2, $17,687
T-48: Dustin Johnson, -2, $17,687
T-48: Tom Lewis, -2, $17,687
T-48: Henrik Norlander, -2, $17,687
T-48: Jhonattan Vegas, -2, $17,687
T-54: Luke Donald, -1, $16,215
T-54: Branden Grace, -1, $16,215
T-54: J.T. Poston, -1, $16,215
T-57: Jason Dufner, E, $15,801
T-57: Kramer Hickok, E, $15,801
T-57: Peter Uihlein, E, $15,801
T-60: Wyndham Clark, +1, $15,387
T-60: Brandon Hagy, +1, $15,387
T-60: Patton Kizzire, +1, $15,387
T-63: Joseph Bramlett, +2, $14,904
T-63: Chase Koepka, +2, $14,904
T-63: Ryan Palmer, +2, $14,904
T-63: Henrik Stenson, +2, $14,904
67: Byeong Hun An, + 5, $14,559
68: J.B. Holmes, +7, $14,421
69: Keith Mitchell, +9, $14,283
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