'It is the most unfair criticism I receive' - Rory McIlroy defends his physique
Fresh off winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in 16 months, Rory McIlroy has spoken out about the 'unfair' criticism he receives for the amount of time he spends in the gym.
McIlroy has added a substantial amount of muscle to his frame over the last number of years, with Nick Faldo one of many analysts to question whether such gym work is necessary for the four-time Major winner to fulfill his potential as a golfer.
After shooting a final round 65 to overturn a six shot deficit and win the Deutsche Bank Championship yesterday, McIlroy maintained that his workout regime is key to the success he has achieved as a golfer.
"I don't know if any criticism is unfair," McIlroy said in quotes reported by Sky Sports.
"I think when people make judgements or criticisms without being educated on the subject that they're criticising, I think that's like for me getting in the gym, for example, that's my pet peeve. Someone that says to me you're in the gym too much.
"The reason I play at such a high level, and hopefully will continue to play at a high level for the next 10 to 15 years, is because of the work I do in the gym. If I wasn't in the gym, I wouldn't be sitting here today. It's a big part of who I am, it's a big part of my success. That's always I feel an unfair criticism.
"But with my game, the critics and the analysts and everyone that are out there, they're educated about golf, so they for the most part know what they're talking about.
"A criticism of my golf game, I take it, and I know what I need to work on and sometimes those people point out the obvious but, I would say that's the most unfair criticism I receive, is what I do at the gym."