Wednesday 18 September 2019

'He doesn't know what's in my head' - Rory McIlroy responds to Butch Harmon's remarks after carding a 69 at Carnoustie

Rory McIlroy has responded to Butch Harmon's comments
Rory McIlroy has responded to Butch Harmon's comments

Andy Hampson

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions from Butch Harmon that he looked robotic after shooting an opening-round 69 at the Open.

Renowned coach Harmon suggested the former world number one's putting stroke looked too mechanical as he practised at Carnoustie this week.

McIlroy has not won a major in four years with his touch on the greens being regarded as one of his shortcomings of late.

"He looks like a robot out there when I see him practice putting," said Sky Sports pundit Harmon.

McIlroy was unconcerned by the remarks.

The 2014 Open champion said: "Look, I like Butch (but) definitely I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical.

"It's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening.

"I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing, he doesn't know what's in my head.

"So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate but, unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it."

McIlroy was pleased enough with his position after the first round despite admitting his performance was a mixed one.

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