Friday 30 September 2016

'Rory McIlroy has got carried away with wearing tight shirts and showing off muscles' - Golf commentator launches criticism

Published 17/07/2016 | 18:57

Rory McIlroy has been put down by former top player Johnny Miller for caring too much about "showing off his muscles".

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The NBC pundit said that he thinks that the Holywood-born player has overdone his workout regime  as he commented on his round on British Open at Royal Troon earlier on Sunday.

And to add insult to injury, he likened current world number three McIlroy to Tiger Woods who has experienced a sustained lack of form in recent years.

The former PGA golfer said: "I think he overdid the weight room, I don't think that helped him at all.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

"Same thing with Tiger Woods.  You just get carried away with wearing the tight shirts and showing their muscles."

However, McIlroy has silenced this and other criticism by having a great round today at Troon with an excellent round.

His frustration with his play on Saturday was evident.

But the claret jug honour is likely to go to current leaders Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy frustration with his play on Saturday was evident.

Golf writer Luke Kerr-Dineen has responded to the comments and argued that Rory's fitness regime in the gym was making him a better player not worse.

He wrote on For the Win website: "He’s  (Rory) third on tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, and he’s already won four majors before the age of 27 — double the amount Miller won in his entire career.

"Rory isn’t winning majors at the moment for two big reasons: Because the competition is arguably fiercer that it’s ever been, and because he’s struggled on the greens, not because he spends a few more hours in the gym than Johnny Miller ever did."

Belfast Telegraph

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