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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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Bryson photobombs Brooks’ U.S. Open interview…and social media loves it

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The ongoing saga between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Kopeka took a backseat on Thursday as the opening round of the 2021 U.S. Open got underway.

However, despite the two being kept away from each other in terms of tee times, there was still time for a little light drama courtesy of Bryson.

As Brooks was getting set to do his post-round interview, the 27-year-old decided to have some fun and jumped into shot – which social media users enjoyed immensely.

“Bryson is awesome”, wrote one user on Twitter; another said, “Childish and perfect”, while many golf fans also believe that the playful incident is a sign that the two are ready to smooth things out.

As for how the two performed, Brooks enjoyed a much better day on the course firing a confident round of two-under par while Bryson kept himself in touch at 2-over.

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Check out the plaque honoring Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open heroics at Torrey Pines

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Tiger Woods may not be at Torrey Pines this week, but the 15-time major champion will always be synonymous with the venue primarily because of his epic win at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The 45-year-old’s heroics that week at Torrey Pines will never be forgotten, as Woods defied all the odds on a fractured leg to win his 14th major.

To honor that victory, the USGA and city of San Diego will host a ceremony today, which will include the unveiling of a plaque celebrating Woods’ stunning 12-foot putt to force a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The ceremony will be hosted by San Diego mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego city council president Jennifer Campbell and United States Golf Association president Stu Francis and will take place at Torrey Pines’ 18th green.

 

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Bryson on ‘Brooksy’ shouts: ‘I love it, I think it’s hilarious’

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Bryson DeChambeau will begin the defence of his U.S. Open title tomorrow at Torrey Pines amid an ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka.

The 27-year-old began receiving the heckling shouts of “Brooksy” at the Memorial where it was reported that fans participating in the shouts were being removed from the course by security.

At Torrey Pines this week, Bryson has been discussing the “Brooksy” shouts as well as the fans involved, as the rivalry between the two shows no signs of cooling off.

“I’m always going to be trying to play my game and not really worry too much about what other people are doing. I think there are just times where, if it gets outside the scope of just integrity and honour, yeah, that can get a little interesting.

At the same point in time, all of it’s been good fun. It’s been fun. Shoot, to be honest, people saying Brooksy’s name out there, I love it. I think it’s hilarious.”

The pair have been kept apart for the opening two rounds of the event, much to the disappointment of many fans. However, Bryson is already thinking ahead to the weekend, where a blockbuster pairing could grab plenty of new eyeballs.

“There’s a point where it’s great banter,. I personally love it. I think that, as time goes on, I hope on the weekend we can play against each other and compete. I think it would be fun and would be great for the game.”

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