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Sunday 8 December 2019

'I'm a golfer, not a body builder' -Rory McIlroy puts critic of his gym work back in his box

Rory McIlroy has defended his weight training regime
Rory McIlroy has defended his weight training regime

Tom Rooney

Rory McIlroy gave a pointed retort to a golf analyst who claimed that he was repeating the mistakes of Tiger Woods by spending too much time in the gym.

On NBC’s Sports Conference call, the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee expressed his concern for what he believed to be signs of McIlroy following Woods’ path to the weights room.

“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure and I don’t know the full extent of what he’s doing, but when I see the things he’s doing in the gym, I think of what happened to Tiger Woods.

“And I think more than anything of what Tiger Woods did early in his career with his game was just an example of how good a human being can be, what he did towards the middle and end of his career is an example to be wary of.

"That’s just my opinion. And it does give me a little concern when I see the extensive weightlifting that Rory is doing in the gym.”

McIlroy’s response was to post some footage and the details of his workout on Twitter, and remind Chamblee that “I’m 165 lbs. I’m a golfer not a body builder.

 Gary Player decided to give the Holywood native his full backing.

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