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Did Rory McIlroy just take a shot at his own equipment move?

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Rory McIlroy just isn’t having it.

The defending RBC Canadian Open champion continues to refuse to have anything to do with the LIV Golf series, seemingly surprised and upset that many of his on-course rivals have jumped ship.

On Wednesday, the four-time Major champion re-iterated his desire to stick with the status quo, giving tradition and history of the game amongst his reasons.

“I’m a self-confessed golf nerd, historian, traditionalist. Most of the oldest events in our game are national opens,” said McIlroy, who mentioned his five national opens, six if you include Hong Kong’s. “One of the great things about our game is you can in some way compare yourself to historical figures, figures that I’ve never met before.

“I look at a trophy that my name’s on and Walter Hagen’s name is on there or Gene Sarazen or Byron Nelson or Ben Hogan or Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer or whoever it is, and I think that’s one of the coolest things about our sport that not a lot of other sports can sort of tap into.”

“You look at the Canadian Open trophy and you look at the names that are on that. You’re putting your name in history by winning these national championships,” said McIlroy, ranked No. 8 in the world.

He seemingly then had a little jibe at the likes of Dustin Johnson and Ryder Cup team-mates Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Greame McDowell and Ian Poulter by confirming, “Honestly, it’s something that money can’t buy or it’s something that money can’t give you.”

McIlroy has also told reporters this week that,”any decision you make in your life purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way.”

Whilst this was a phrase among a host of paragraphs discussing the you-know-what tour, was he talking from experience?

In 2013, a young McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as brand ambassador for Nike Golf, explaining this was for “a number of reasons.”

At the time, he explained, “”It’s a company and a brand that resonates with me. It’s young, it’s athletic and it’s innovative. They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

His initial struggles with the new clubs were widely reported although he did win two majors with the set – the 2014 PGA and Open Championships – before Nike decided to stop producing clubs and concentrate on apparel, the famous ‘swoosh’ appearing proud on McIlroy’s cap at press conferences this week.

Whatever the outcome with that lucrative deal, he is adamant that he isn’t going anywhere, let alone the LIV tour, at the moment.

“I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, prioritize the majors and there is nothing about my schedule or my life or my earnings or anything that I would change.”

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  1. Karma

    Jun 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Hello Rory

  2. PJ

    Jun 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Rory had no problem taking that $200M from Nike and their Chinese sweat shops. Typical hypocrite.

    • They know we know

      Jun 12, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      Shhhh. Its all about the LIV tour right now. Don’t step in front of the current “I stand with” narrative.

    • Mr. Randy Watson

      Jun 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      Yes. Let’s talk about China and Nike’s Human Rights Violations and the massive amounts of money made by Nike from exploiting children in their factories. Rory can play high and mighty and look the other way…but we all know he’s a puppet for the PGA and Nike.

  3. rhino

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:58 am

    He could have been talking about his legal battle with Horizon that impacted his relationship with GMac https://www.joe.ie/sport/graeme-mcdowell-on-rory-mcilroy-were-not-the-same-as-we-used-to-be-447096

  4. NoIntegrityGreed

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:54 am

    What is the LIV business model? Oh wait there isn’t one. The Saudis are just throwing money at the greedy pros with no self respect in order to make their image look better and the pros are the saudi lapdogs. LIV has to give tickets away because no self respecting fan will watch this 54 hole exhibition and see it for exactly what it is, sportswashing or if you prefer, PR.

    • Hmmm…

      Jun 11, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      Hahaha… exactly! I just don’t see how this LIV Tour is going to be sustainable despite how much money the Saudis have to throw it’s way. At the end of the day, this seems more like a transitional Tour for the 40-so things who are no longer competitive on the PGA Tour and who would’ve probable played the PGA Tour of Champions. I mean, seriously, who really wants to tune in to see Charl Schwartzel? Lovely guy, but…

  5. Tom Kay

    Jun 9, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Rory is the goody two shoes of the PGA Tour.

  6. A. Commoner

    Jun 9, 2022 at 7:43 am

    The sky is falling; the sky is falling!! Run for your lives!

  7. Simp Cuck Man

    Jun 9, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Rory has the boomer mentality, money for me but not for thee.

  8. Ned

    Jun 9, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Easy to say when your net worth is $220 million.

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Phil Mickelson brutally heckled on opening hole of latest LIV event

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It’s been a tumultuous year for Phil Mickelson, with the six-time major champion facing severe backlash for his admission that he used the Saudi-backed LIV Series as leverage against the PGA Tour before eventually defecting to the breakaway tour.

In between came a self-exile from the game, and since his return, things haven’t gone very smoothly, with the 52-year-old looking wildly out of sorts on the course.

On Friday, one of the most popular golfers of all time (at least until 2022) suffered the ignominy of having to back off on his opening tee shot after being heckled.

Stepping up to his opening shot of the day, a spectator shouted, “Do it for the Saudi royal family,” which prompted Mickelson to re-do his routine. He would go on to make bogey on the hole.

The heckle is the latest clear dig at Lefty’s willingness to defect to a breakaway tour which is funded by a Saudi regime with a poor record when it comes to human rights.

Mickelson’s day hasn’t improved much at all either, with the Californian currently 3-over through 14 holes, as Lefty continues to search for any semblance of the magical game he possesses.

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‘Your tee times at Augusta are numbered’ – Wife of Masters legend lashes out at Bryson DeChambeau

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As the third LIV event gets underway, one of its biggest stars has unsurprisingly been hitting the headlines.

Speaking after the LIV Pro-Am, where he played alongside former President Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau discussed his current relationship, or lack thereof, with Tiger Woods.

Speaking on Thursday, Bryson explained:

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

The next time the two may see each other at a tournament could be in April at the Masters, but according to the wife of Ben Crenshaw, Julie, that may not even be the case.

Responding to a tweet from TWLegion, which reported Bryson’s comments on Tiger, Julie Crenshaw made her feelings known about the 28-year-old, claiming that he should do more listening after Bryson allegedly told Ben, multiple champ at Augusta, how to putt on the tricky greens.

As well as ripping DeChambeau for the putting advice, Crenshaw’s wife suggested that Bryson’s days at the Masters are numbered.

This all comes in the wake of Greg Norman’s recent interview with the New York Post, where the Aussie stated:

“I spoke to Fred Ridley. They’ve weighed in pretty hard against (LIV). The majors should stay Switzerland, they have a responsibility for one event, not a league. But it also tells you is there a cabal there? This is the slippery slope you go down about what LIV is starting to expose.”

Interesting times ahead.

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Bryson DeChambeau explains why you should start TOPPING the ball on the range

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In an 11 minute interview from the range at the third LIV event, Bryson DeChambeau talks about the recovery of his hand injury, his long drive impetus, how he is helping set up a multi-sport complex, and how he tops the ball in practice. On purpose.

LIV reporter Troy Mullins caught up with the 2020 US Open champion for a chat about “anything and everything,” before watching him warm up with a 7-iron – “chipping.”

“What distance is chipping for you?” she asks, and finds the answer is no surprise. “7-iron….205…then I go start hitting it …220…220 yards.”

Bryson freely runs through his routine in a thoroughly engaging piece, even saying that sometimes he enjoys topping the ball, just “clipping it….for radius control,” before saying he is “kidding, by the way.”

Or is he?

The next minute-or-so sees the 28-year-old go through a ‘topping’ routine – he taps the top of the ball to “kind of give my brain an awareness of where that is,” before inviting Troy to hit the perfect top, which she pulls off first try.

She asks, “What does that do for the average player?” and Bryson answers it gives an “awareness of where the bottom of the club is.”

The BDC philosophy is that golfers chunking the ball do not have an awareness of where the bottom of the arc is, and shows us a “low, running top” and a short one. Hey, this is Bryson. He does it his way.

“I know it’s a crazy drill. People think I’m nuts for it, but I’ve done it since I was a kid.” says the seven-time PGA Tour winner. “We [Bryson’s old coach Mike Schy] did it all the time. We did it at the US Junior.”

Troy then asks how Bryson is “doing with your hand?” before he removes his glove to show the scar.

“It’s definitely better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”

Given he finished eighth in the final major of the year – the 150th Open Championship – he sure looks to be coming back to top form.

With the first half of 2022 being basically a washout, he returned to form at St. Andrews when ranking top-10 in strokes-gained off-the-tee, approaches and tee-to-green, his best figures on the main tours for nearly a year.

Bryson says his hand is at around “80 percent strength compared to his right hand, but a couple of weeks ago it was 60 percent.” It’s slow, but it’s getting there.

When Bryson originally signed for LIV, he mentioned it was a “business decision” and, in the interview, he confirms his intention to open a multi-sport complex.

“It started with a vision of the long drive, in the beginning, and from that I said, ‘Why not do it for every sport?’ Create a high-performance centre for every sport, but also allow the public to come and utilize the facilities.”

The plan is to have a membership type of programme but also allow the public access to a facility that will have long-drive grids, driving ranges, baseball fields, soccer fields..basketball courts, and to start to grow and develop the area of Dallas in that regard.”

Implementing the idea is not far off.

“We are acquiring the land here, hopefully by the end of this year, and then will be going forward after that.”

Bryson agrees with Troy, herself a long-drive competitor, that training as a youngster should involve more than, “golf, golf, golf, golf, golf,” clearly wishing to see his vision allow multi-sports to be a key in the building of all-round strength and power, rather than just golf-specific training.

Bryson has his detractors, and not everyone will agree with him, but this is an interview that shows a very human side to a player formally seen as very robotic.

Yes, we have the ubiquitous few minutes of Bryson getting to 205/206mph ball speed, but the interview doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s certainly far more engaging that many of the pressers wrapped in controversy from the last two months!

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