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‘Tiger would never do that!’ – Rory McIlroy’s former agent rips 4-time major champ for this act at Augusta

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Rory McIlroy.

The four-time major champ’s Grand Slam bid at Augusta National fell flat with a missed cut, before it was reported that McIlroy’s withdrawal from this week’s RBC Heritage is set to cost him $3 million in PIP money.

Now, McIlroy’s former agent Chubby Chandler has hit out at the 33-year-old, labelling Rory a “mouthpiece for the PGA Tour” and someone who “opens his mouth too much.”

Rory’s poor 2023 Masters performance came as a surprise to many, but speaking to iNews, Chandler revealed why he would bet against Rory ever winning at Augusta.

“If you were a betting man you would probably bet against him winning. He has made winning the grand slam [all four majors] a bigger thing in his head than it actually is.

He is not really driven by number of wins or number of majors per se, but he seems to be driven by wanting to win the grand slam. It’s a massive mental block and it’s getting harder and harder. Every time he gets there he has the pressure from everyone else, but also from himself.”

Then, Chandler did not hold back when it came to expressing his views on McIlroy conducting an on-course interview while in the heat of battle at Augusta.

“To me he has got carried away as mouthpiece of the PGA Tour. He is doing things he shouldn’t be doing and opening his mouth too often. The interview on the fairway [at the Masters], absolutely brilliant TV but not good for Rory McIlroy.

You can’t be having a chat with a guy in the commentary box about the day and the way he is playing, or whatever, then get over a wedge and give it 100 per cent. You would never have got [Jack] Nicklaus doing it. You would never have got Tiger [Woods] doing it.

If you could see into his head back in the days when he was flying around Augusta there was nothing in there other than hitting a golf ball. Now he has commitments with PGA Tour, where he has been groomed as a political figurehead, with TV, with half a dozen really big sponsors.

And they take up time. He now has Workday [software company]. Workday put an add on TV, that will take a day of his time. That clutter manifests itself on the course. He needs to get away from a lot of that, and just trust his talent.”

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Report: Rory McIlroy’s divorce petition from wife Erica voluntarily dismissed

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After reports emerged last month that Rory McIlroy and his wife, Erica, were in the process of a divorce, it appears that the couple has mended fences.

According to The Guardian, the divorce petition that Rory filed in court last month has been voluntarily dismissed.

McIlroy told The Guardian, “There have been rumours about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumour is a fool’s game.”

“Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realised that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

McIlroy now seems fully focused on capturing his elusive 5th major championship this week at Pinehurst No. 2.

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LIV Golf star says he deserves to be in U.S. Open as he is ‘one of the best players in the world right now’

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Last week, Mexican Carlos Ortiz emerged victorious at LIV Houston. The win was his second in Houston as a professional, as he won the Vivint Houston Open on the PGA Tour back in 2020.

After his brilliant performance, Ortiz said he believes he should be playing in this week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, despite missing out on qualifying.

“I’ve been playing great. It’s a shame I doubled the last hole to miss the qualifier. It hurt a lot.”

The 33-year-old then referred to himself as “one of the best players in the world right now”.

“I think with time, we’re going to get back into the Majors because I know that I’m one of the best players in the world right now, and I deserve to be there. But the way things are happening right now, it’s kind of hard.”

Ortiz came agonizingly close to qualifying in Dallas last week but made double bogey on his last hole to fall out of the potential spot.

Carlos will tee it up next at LIV Nashville in two weeks.

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Jon Rahm in race against time for U.S. Open after worrying update following toe injury

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LIV Golf star Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the second round of LIV Houston last week due to a toe injury.

The injury appeared to be painful for the Spaniard, who apparently had a cut which turned to an infection between his toes.

After he was visibly in pain on Friday during the round, Rahm attempted to play on Saturday and made it six holes prior to withdrawing.

According to “Ten Golf”, Rahm was not on the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2 for the U.S. Open on Monday and is not expected to arrive Tuesday either.

Rahm has struggled in the majors this season. He finished T45 at the Masters and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.

It’s still unclear whether or not he will attempt to play in the U.S. Open.

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