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Rory McIlroy says amateurs can lower their scores by 10 strokes if they follow this tip

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“If I were to caddie for like an average player, I really feel like I could take five to 10 shots off a round very easily.”

So says a certain Rory McIlroy, four time Major winner and former world number one.

Sure, it sounds obvious given who he is and what he has done, but it all makes perfect sense and recreational players might wish to take heed and get more competitive at this weekend’s medal.

Speaking during an interview with with Piers Ward from golf instruction site ‘Me and My Golf’, McIlroy expands on the statement.

“I think effective golf sometimes can be pretty boring, or in people’s minds, it can be pretty boring,” McIlroy said. “Playing the shot that you know you can play, or that you can pull off at least eight times out of 10. I think I see, I see amateurs so much trying to play outside of their comfort zone and trying to take on shots that they think they should hit instead of keeping the ball in play, you know, managing their games a little better and that will produce lower scores.

“And yeah, sometimes it’s fun to take on shots that you might be able to pull off, but I think it’s even more fun to just shoot better scores. You know, I think that it’s a — there’s so many other parts of the game that you can do really well at. And yeah, just managing your game a little better.”

As I write, Rory is just inside the cut-line at the DP World Tour opening event in Abu Dhabi but has recent memories of practicing what he preaches.

At the Wells Fargo Championship last May, a tournament he eventually won by a single shot, McIlroy needed to manage his play.

His drive on the 72nd hole went left and into a penalty area, but, on the advice of caddie, Harry Diamond, instead of trying a swing from an awkward sidehill lie, perhaps outside of his comfort zone, with water a few feet away, McIlroy took a penalty stroke, dropped into a better spot and walked away with just a bogey five. Perhaps the move that won the trophy?

“Harry was awesome out there today, especially that decision on the last,” McIlroy said. “I was ready to get in there and try to play that with a lob wedge, and he was sort of like, ‘Let’s take a step back, let’s think about this. Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?’ So he sort of calmed me down and slowed me down a little bit and said, ‘Pal, let’s just think about this a little bit.’”

The interview finishes with the best five-word advice.

“Understanding your limitations is huge,” Ward says.

“Exactly.”

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  1. jgpl001

    Feb 4, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Absolutely brilliant from the man with the worst course management on tour. How many times has Rory blown big chances on the back nine or lost a tournament on day one with stupid shots??? (and I am a HUGE Rory fan)

    • Rascal

      Feb 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      So what does this have to do with what he would tell AMATEURS?

      More whining for whining’s sake.

  2. CrashTestDummy

    Feb 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

    “Playing the shot that you know you can play, or that you can pull off at least eight times out of 10. I think I see, I see amateurs so much trying to play outside of their comfort zone”

    But Rory, I don’t have a shot I can pull off 8 times out of 10. Every shot is outside of my comfort zone. Lol.

  3. Jbone

    Jan 29, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Rory doesn’t understand that average ams don’t have any consistent shots they can rely on.

  4. ChipNRun

    Jan 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Let’s take tee shots. On a good day, I can carry my driver 220 yards with varying amounts of run-out. At some tournaments, the Senior tees are set up so that a slug of fairway bunkers start about 210 yards from the tee. Do I lay up with a 4W, or try to rip it between the dunes?

    Another situation is tee shots that tail into the rough (hey, stuff happens…) For certain tight or terraced or water-bounded greens, I likely will take 7i and lay up to in front of the green. I have a better chance of getting an up-and-down par or a bogie from up front, than trying a hook shot around a tree to a landing zone where you’re either on the green or in big trouble.

    Or, the longish greenside bunker shot. Pathway 1 is out to left to flat part of green, but you’ll take a two-putt bogie. Or, Path 2 is over the long axis of the bunker sand… hit it just right you get a one-putt sandie, OR, miss short and you’re back in sand, miss long and you’re short-sided with bunker behind.

    Just then, a cosmic Dirty Harry whispers… “Ask yourself this, punk, do you feel lucky?”

    Back to reality… should I use a 10-finger grip when I go outside to shovel snow?

  5. MrHogan

    Jan 22, 2022 at 10:34 am

    “A man has got to know his limitations” – Dirty Harry. Inspector Callaghan.

  6. Rusty Cockering

    Jan 21, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    “5 to 10 shots off”? Bwahahahaha. Only someone who has never given a paid lesson in their life would say something that stupid.

    • Jock McSporran

      Jan 25, 2022 at 11:14 am

      You totally missed the point of his comments or you didn’t actually read it and just went straight to the comments to vent. He talks purely about caddying/game management not improving an average players technique. Bwahahahaha!!

  7. Worm Burner

    Jan 21, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Imagine a round with Rors on your bag!? I wonder what the yardage was for his third though, if yardage is what was meant by “Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?”, since he still two-putted for bogey. The 3wd he hit off tee the into trouble was probably the smart play too. Until he hooked it. (I looked it up)
    I take my medicine all the time. Then I go play golf looking for that Superman shot that keeps me coming back!

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‘He can think whatever he wants’ – Brooks Koepka responds to McIlroy’s duplicitous claim

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From popular four-time major winner to “full villain”, Brooks Koepka has certainly not held back with his view on moving full-time to the LIV Tour.

At the US Open, he lambasted reporters for asking questions about the league, saying he simply wanted to concentrate on his golf at Brookline, and yet soon after he deleted any connection to the PGA Tour from his Twitter account, prompting Rory McIlroy to call the group of rebels “duplicitous.”

Following yesterday’s LIV press conference, social media, and Twitter in particular, has gone haywire.

No Laying Up reports on the Koepka’s comment, “You guys will never believe me, but we never even had the conversation (on LIV) until after the U.S. Open,”  and questions, “So the conversation *began* on Monday, June 20, and his twitter profile was scrubbed the same day?”

Why has Koepka agreed to join the LIV series as opposed to staying with the PGA Tour?

“Having more breaks, having … more time at home to make sure I’m 100% before I go play an event. I don’t feel like I’m forced to play right away.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Brooks has “played 10 days of golf in three months.”

As for his response to Rory’s comments, Koepka does show some respect for play of the recent Canadian Open champion, if not his views.

“Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it (the “duplicitous” comment). I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.

So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and like I said, opinions change.”

Bob Irving, the ‘voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wasn’t shy in giving his view on the presser:  

“Just watched the LIV pressers with Perez, Reed, Koepka, who basically all said they’re glad they don’t have to COMPETE for their money anymore because so many millions are GUARANTEED by the Saudis. What a bunch of losers.”

The second LIV event starts tomorrow at Pumpkin Bridge, Portland opposite the John Deere Classic and Irish Open, and the controversy looks as if it’s not going to die down quite yet.
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LIV stars give bizarre non-answer to Chamblee’s prize money claim before moderator steps in

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There has been much debate in regard to whether the LIV Golf Series players get to keep their prize money, or if the tournament winnings come out of their signing bonus.

The rumblings began when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee claimed that Charl Schwartzel “didn’t actually win 4.7 million for his victory at LIV Golf’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

 

(Note: This tweet has now been deleted by Chamblee)

Former Tour caddie Michael Collins responded to Chamblee’s claim, stating that he was lying about the subject.

On Tuesday’s pre-tournament press conference for LIV Golf Portland, Brooks Koepka was asked to clarify whether or not the prize money was in addition to the signing bonus, strangely responding “I don’t know — it’s irrelevant”

Q. It’s been reported by people that there is a — your signing bonuses versus the draw, meaning what you win comes out of your signing bonus or vice versa. That’s supposedly in your guys’ contracts. Can you confirm if that’s actually true or not?

Koepka: That’s not — no. No.

Q. Just to confirm, Brooks, you’re saying it’s not the case?

Koepka: No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.

Q. Okay. And the rest of you guys?

Perez: (Shook head).

Q. The only reason I ask you is because both Keith Pelley, Jay Monahan and you can name other people keep saying that we’re miss- reporting stuff all the time, and the reason is is because every time we ask a question we can’t get answers or people don’t want to talk about the specific issues. That’s why I’m asking.

Koepka: I heard that rumor on Monday morning at the U.S. Open. I also heard I was in London on Saturday or Sunday before. I mean, that was on Monday. Just saying. You can’t believe everything you hear.

After that the contentious exchange, the moderator entered the conversation to clarify the answer while telling the three LIV players they should know since it’s in their contract.

Moderator: I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts. The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances.

Perez: Chamblee was banging that drum the other day.

Moderator: We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.

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Pat Perez shuts down reporter with ultra blunt response at LIV presser

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Whilst golfers are never meant to be politicians, the furore over the LIV Golf Series has meant players’ press conferences have created one hell of an uproar on social media.

From Phil’s infamous comments to Rory’s disappointment over ‘duplicitous’ players, from the USGA permitting LIV players into the PGA Championship to the most recent alliance between the PGA and DP World tours, press conferences and releases continue to go back and forth. Words are important.

With just two days to go to the start of the second LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, a LIV presser involving Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed has grabbed the headlines.

After mentioning the “club players that have resigned” and the “9/11 survivors” who have protested against the Saudi involvement in golf, a reporter asked new recruits Perez and Koepka, “whether golfers should be participating in this?”

He continued, “Do you have any comments that you are supporting a country with a really bad human rights?”

Perez bluntly states, “No.”

Asked to explain, he is blunt in his response.

“I’m playing golf. This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule. That’s my only concern.”

To silence, the 46-year-old perhaps realizes the effect of his initial statement.

“So yeah, I understand the topic you are trying to bring up and the horrible events but…I’m here to play golf. That’s my job.”

Again, a moment of silence before four-time major champion, Kopeka, speaks:

“Pretty much spot on what Pat said – same thing. I mean we’re here to play golf – we’re excited about it. We’re going to put on the best show we can put on and hopefully one of us is up here on Saturday with the win.”

As Porter says on his tweet, an “incredible answer.”

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