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Rory McIlroy: Criticism of caddie Harry Diamond ‘uncalled for’

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Rory McIlroy is hoping for a repeat of his 2012 Kiawah Island heroics when he tees it up at this week’s PGA Championship, and ahead of the event, he has launched a passionate defence of his caddie Harry Diamond.

Diamond began looping for Mcilroy in 2017, and the partnership has been scrutinized by some talking heads, with critics often pointing out Diamond’s lack of experience.

McIlroy singled out Diamond for praise following his role in the Irishman’s drop on the 72nd hole at Quail Hollow, and ahead of this week’s event, McIlroy revealed how critics of the looper are off base.

“This was supposed to be a short-term thing back in 2017, and I ended up really enjoying it, really liking it, and he – we made the decision that this was going to be a long-term thing, and it’s worked out great. We’ve had six wins together.”

I think the reason I wanted to single Harry out, as well, I feel like he gets some negativity around the relationship that’s very unfair, uncalled for. People don’t know him, don’t really know me. They sort of see things from the outside and from their own perspective, but they don’t really know.”

Mcilroy then went into further detail on the drop, which proved to be the correct decision at Quail Hollow, saying that if it wasn’t for Diamond, he likely would have lost the event.

“I wanted to make a point of Harry was 100 per cent the person that told me not to hit that ball on 18 in the creek, and if it wasn’t for him, I probably would have lost the tournament because I’d still probably be trying to hack it out of there. I’m like a dog, if I see a golf ball I want to hit it. It’s there. Or if someone puts a football in front of me I want to kick it. I saw the ball, I wanted to hit it.

He’s like, let’s just think about this. That was the reason I wanted to single it out, because he kept a cool head when maybe I wasn’t in the best place. And yeah, because of that unfair criticism that I think he’s gotten over the last couple years, I wanted to just make a point of we know what we’re doing out there.”

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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. James

    Jun 3, 2021 at 2:47 am

    My friend handles a Drimmel really well, but I wouldn’t let him drill my teeth with it. I go to the dentist for that. Same thing for a professional caddie. Your friend can do it. but should he?

    • Zzzz

      Jun 4, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Depends on what you need or want out of your caddie. Not every caddie on tour is out there crunching numbers, checking wind or choosing clubs. Some are simply there to carry a bad, tell bad jokes, and remind you when to eat.

      • James

        Jun 10, 2021 at 2:10 am

        sounds like you described Rory’s bag man

    • Steve Finley

      Jul 8, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      But in that analogy, _you’re_ the one who should be the dentist, if you’re a professional golfer.

      Really, your initial statement is dead right. It _does_ depend on what you want out of a caddie. I’m absolutely amazed — and appalled, sometimes — at the way players use caddies as crutches on questions they should be crystal-clear about themselves. “Off the right a little? Quartering in?” Jeez, I don’t know. You’re a pro. Can you tell which direction the wind is blowing by standing there and feeling it? /: Some of these guys act like they’re a machine waiting for input from the programmer.

      I don’t actually know why it’s anybody’s business. If Rory likes him, who cares? Has he won with him on the bag? Yeah? Then I don’t get why it’s a problem.

      • Steve Finley

        Jul 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm

        Oops, sorry — it was the first reply that said “depends what you want out of a caddy.” Which is exactly right.

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Patrick Reed’s Twitter suggests that he’s fuming with Stricker’s Ryder Cup snub

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The omission of Patrick Reed from the 2021 U.S. Ryder Cup team was the big talking point on Wednesday as Steve Stricker made his six picks for the biennial contest that gets underway later this month.

The Texan has an imposing 7-3-2 career record at the Ryder Cup but will be watching the event this year from home after Captain Stricker decided against selecting Reed.

The 54-year-old told media on Wednesday that Reed took the news of his omission like a “true champion”, but if the Texan’s activity on Twitter is anything to go by, it’s clear that the 2018 Masters Champ is not impressed by the snub.

Following the announcement, Reed liked multiple posts from users on the social media platform who were heavily critical of Stricker’s decision, which suggests that the 31-year-old isn’t one bit pleased with the captain.

Here’s a look at some of the posts Reed liked on Wednesday on Twitter:

Stricker pinpointed the “uncertainty of his health”, as one of the primary reasons for his exclusion, following the Texan’s recent recovery from bilateral pneumonia which left him battling for his life.

The Wisconsin native instead used his six selections on Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth.

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Justin Thomas reveals success and failures from his list of 2020-21 goals

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Justin Thomas has always adopted a goal-oriented mindset, and with last week’s completion of the 2020-2021 super season, he took to social media to recap his accomplishments.

While Thomas only hit three of his 13 on-course goals (with a Ryder Cup victory still pending), he was four for four with his off the course ambitions.

Some may say this list was ambitious with goals such as ‘win 5+ times,’ and ‘win 2+ majors,’ but the world number six clearly believes in his abilities and encapsulates the type of drive that translates to career success.

Despite only capturing three of his 13 on-course goals, Thomas still accomplished a lot during this year, including a win at the Players Championship, and 11 other top-15 finishes, even if his season in totality wasn’t up to his lofty standards.

The 14-time PGA Tour winner still has some unfinished business. Thomas will have the opportunity to check off one more goal on September 24th-26th by bringing the Ryder Cup back to America.

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Steve Stricker selects his U.S. Ryder Cup Captain’s picks

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On Wednesday morning at 10:00 A.M. ET, team U.S.A. captain Steve Stricker revealed his picks for the upcoming 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup.

Stricker used his six selections on Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth. They will join Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau, who automatically qualified via the Ryder Cup points system to complete Team U.S.A.

European team captain Padraig Harrington has yet to reveal his three selections for his squad. The Europeans who are currently qualified are Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry.

The European team has won nine of the last twelve Ryder Cups, but team USA has won three of the last five on American soil.

The Ryder Cup begins on Friday, September 24 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

See what our members are saying and have your say on the picks here.

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