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Rory McIlroy hits back at stinging criticism from Tom Weiskopf



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



  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


    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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Tommy Fleetwood’s caddie jabs back at Bryson in recent “fore” debate



Bryson DeChambeau has recently garnered some criticism for his response to a seemingly controversial question from a media member on Tuesday at the Open Championship.

DeChambeau was asked why he never shouts “fore” when hitting a ball towards a crowd, to which he responded, “I do shout fore… You are bringing up a very controversial thing, which is unfortunate.”

The video made the rounds of golf twitter all day, and Ian Finnis, professional caddie for Tommy Fleetwood, felt the need to throw his two cents in with the following tweet:

The tournament hasn’t even started, and Bryson’s come under fire once again. Tommy Fleetwood can surely be added to the list of players that would make for an awkward pairing with Bryson!

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Players wary of ‘unfair’ Royal St. Georges



It’s the first Open Championship for two years, but a trip down south to Royal St. George’s hasn’t got every golfer excited for the week ahead, with some high-profile players not exactly thrilled with the venue.

The ever candid Brooks Koepka spoke on Tuesday about the course, where he made it clear that it’s not one of his favorite courses, with the many blind tee shots not to his liking.

“It’s not my favorite venue that we have played. I think Portrush and St Andrews are definitely the favorites. I haven’t seen all 18, I’ll see the back nine today. But quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favorite of the rotation, put it that way.

“This one, it’s just not as exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it be a couple shots to nothing, a couple of blind tee shots or shots in where you can’t really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of that.”

Bernhard Langer, who finished in the top-3 here three times in his career, is another who isn’t a fan of the English golf course, telling the Daily Mail on Tuesday that: “It is, to me, the most unfair of all the courses on the rota.”

It’s also fair to assume that the course isn’t number one on Rory McIlroy’s list of favorites either, who speaking on a podcast last year, stated: “Can’t we just skip St George’s and go straight to St Andrews?”

However, it seems the Irishman has had a change of heart over the course, as speaking to media this week, McIlroy revealed that after playing a softer Royal St. Georges at the weekend, the venue seems improved to him:

“Even before all the rain, the course was quite lush and green and we weren’t seeing the bounces that we’re accustomed to getting here,” he said. “I walked away after the weekend thinking this is a much better golf course than I remember.”

As for the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, it appears that the 27-year-old is prepared to dial it back this week in order to stay out of the “diabolical hay” surrounding the fairways.

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2021 Open Championship prop bets



For the first time in two years, the Open Championship is finally upon us. For those who want to raise the stakes and make their early morning golf a little more interesting, DraftKings sports book has an array of options.

Winner to play in Final 1st Tee Grouping in Round 4

  • Yes (-250)
  • No (+175)

Winning Margin 

  • 1 stroke (+225)
  • 4 strokes or more (+275)
  • 2 strokes (+350)
  • After a Play-0ff (+350)
  • 3 strokes (+550)

Wire to Wire Winner 

  • Yes (+1100)
  • No (-3335)

Top Lefty 

  • Robert MacIntyre (+200)
  • Garrick Higgo (+250)
  • Phil Mickelson (+275)
  • Brian Harman (+300)
  • Yuxin Lin (+1400)

Continent of Winner 

  • North America (-110)
  • Europe (+138)
  • Any Other Continent (+450)

Top Former Arizona State University Player 

  • Jon Rahm (-150)
  • Paul Casey (+275)
  • Phil Mickelson (+650)
  • Matt Jones (+1000)
  • Chez Reavie (+1200)

Top Former Georgia Tech Player 

  • Stewart Cink (+138)
  • Cameron Tringale (+150)
  • Matt Kuchar (+250)

Top Former Oklahoma State Player 

  • Viktor Hovland (+100)
  • Rickie Fowler (+335)
  • Alexander Noren (+350)
  • Talor Gooch (+500)

Top Former University of Texas Player 

  • Jordan Spieth (-120)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+150)
  • Dylan Frittelli (+550)
  • Cole Hammer (+1600)

Top Former Georgia Bulldog 

  • Patrick Reed (+225)
  • Harris English (+350)
  • Kevin Kisner (+500)
  • Russell Henley (+550)
  • Brian Harman (+650)
  • Chris Kirk (+800)
  • Brendon Todd (+1000)
  • Keith Mitchell (+2000)

Winner to Birdie the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+800)
  • No (-2000)

Winner to Bogey the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+200)
  • No (-278)

Winner to Eagle 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+35000)

Winner to Par the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (-159)
  • No (+120)

Albatross in the tournament 

  • Yes (+2000)

To be decided by a 3 Man Playoff

  • Yes (+1400)
  • No (-10000)

To be decided by a 4+ Man Playoff 

  • Yes (+4000)

To be decided by a Playoff 

  • Yes (+350)
  • No (-560)

2 or more Holes in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (+240)
  • No (-345)

Hole in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (-134)
  • No (+100)
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