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



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



  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

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5 big names who failed to qualify for the 2021 U.S. Open



The field for the 2021 U.S. Open is set, with 156 players ready to tackle the iconic Torrey Pines South next week.

Following last week’s Memorial Tournament, the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking who were not already exempt received invites, and earlier this week, players battled it out for the final places at qualifying.

Here we’ll take a look at 5 big names who you may be surprised to see won’t be teeing it up next week at Torrey Pines.

Jason Day

The 2015 PGA Champion’s 10-year streak of appearing at the U.S. Open will come to an end next week, as Day’s inconsistency and injuries over the past 24 months finally catches up with him.

Day withdrew from last week’s Memorial, citing a bad back, and decided not to enter the qualifying process. The 33-year-old will also be more disappointed than most to miss out, considering he has two wins at this year’s host venue.

The Aussie currently sits 70th in the OWGR, but it’s not all bad for Day with his wife, Ellie, expecting their fourth child.

Rickie Fowler

Many fans will be disappointed by the absence of Rickie Fowler next week in what would have been a home U.S. Open for the native Californian. The 32-year-old has hit some form in recent weeks, which gave him a shot at qualifying, but a slow start in the sectionals ultimately cost Fowler, who ended up missing the playoff by one stroke.

Next week’s U.S. Open will be the first Fowler has missed in 11 years, and just like at the Masters, he told media that he’d likely tune in to the event over at Tiger’s house.

Brandt Snedeker

The times are changing, as yet another long time fixture at U.S. Opens will be missing out this year, and in all honesty, Snedeker was never really close.

The 40-year-old has appeared at every U.S. Open since 2013, but he has now slipped to 135 in the OWGR and missed a playoff in qualifying by five strokes.

Keegan Bradley

One of the most surprising names to miss out on a spot next week is Keegan Bradley, who has not only been a regular at the event but who has also been in decent form in 2021.

The 2011 PGA Champ has four top-25 finishes in his last five starts but still languishes at 73rd in the OWGR and suffered a similar fate to Fowler at qualifying, missing the final playoff by one stroke.

Lucas Glover

Missing his first U.S. Open since 2008, the 2009 champ Lucas Glover missed out on this year’s event mainly in thanks to a mixed bag of results over the last couple of years.

Glover was another who attempted to go through qualifying to earn his spot at Torrey Pines but finished four shots out of the playoff, condemning him to an unwanted week off.

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Angel Cabrera extradited to Argentina; expected to face trial next month



Multiple major champion Angel Cabrera has been extradited to his homeland of Argentina, six months after he was arrested in Brazil, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The Argentine had been on Interpol’s red code list and was arrested in an upper-class area of Rio de Janeiro back in January, having spent months on the run following a claim of assault from ex-girlfriend Cecilia Torres Mana.

That girlfriend’s claim had been unified by ex-wife Silva Rivadero and former partner Micaela Escudero who all accuse Cabrera of assault, intimidation and causing injuries.

On the claims of assault, Cabrera’s lawyer, Carlos Hairabedian, has told Argentine News that “The accusations come from long ago.”

Since January, the 2009 Master Champion has been sitting in a prison cell in Brazil until this week where he was moved back to Argentina with a trial date set for July.

In a recent interview, Torres Mana, said: “We have to stop him so he leaves us at peace. He thinks you are his for the rest of your life and that you have to take the attacks and constant humiliation.”

Cabrera had traveled to the U.S. in July 2020, which was not prohibited without permission, as requested due to the investigation. Prosecutors in Cordoba then issued an international arrest warrant, and Cabrera was later found and arrested in Brazil.

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Brooks the bully? Brandel Chamblee weighs in on DeChambeau-Koepka feud



The beef between Brooks and Bryson has been what all golf fans have been talking about over the last couple of weeks.

What began with a leaked viral video showing Koepka’s disdain for his rival soon spilled over onto social media, where the two traded barbs.

But it was last weekend where the feud threatened to get ugly, with fans at the Memorial being removed from the grounds for taunting Bryson with shouts of ‘Brooksy’ – with Koepka then taking to social media to offer those fans free beer.

Golf analyst Brandel Chamblee, who has had his own little back and forth with Koepka in the past, took to his Twitter recently to express his take on the feud, and in typical fashion, the 58-year-old didn’t pull any punches, saying:

“As a parent I was sadly aware of increased bullying in schools & when I see the back & forth w/ “Brooksie” & Bryson, I wager kids are watching to see what’s acceptable behavior. The “cool kids” no doubt will think it’s ok to pick on who looks/thinks differently. #notcooltobully”

Golf fans have interpreted the “cool kid” in Chamblee’s take to be Koepka, with the different thinker to be Bryson, and it’s a comment that has stoked a lot of strong responses.

“A mutual feud is significantly different than bullying..” wrote one Twitter user in reaction to Chamblee’s take, with one commenter responding, “It’s not really a mutual feud when the overwhelming majority of the public shots have come from Brooks.”

“Calling a professional athlete the wrong name in the midst of a public feud is not bullying.” wrote another user, with another supporting Chamblee’s view saying, “Well said. Rivalry in sport is great for viewing, but the Brooksy thing has gone too far.”

In terms of golf feuds, the Bryson-Brooks one is certainly more polarizing than most.

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