Rory McIlroy has taken a lot of heat for playing golf with President Donald Trump in Florida over the weekend, and he responded with a statement on Friday.
The current world No. 3 golfer was invited to play a round of golf with Trump at Trump International Golf Club in Florida and accepted despite having a rib injury. He took a lot of criticism for playing with the polarizing president, but said in a statement that accepting the invitation was not a political statement nor an endorsement of Trump’s policies:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 24, 2017
McIlroy has tried to avoid the political spotlight in the past. Rather than decide between playing for Ireland or the United Kingdom in the Olympics, he decided not to participate at all.
It’s also worth noting that McIlroy visited the White House in 2012 when President Obama was in office:
Unbelievable experience at the White House last night! Big thanks to @BarackObama for the invite! We'll get that golf swing sorted soon!
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) March 15, 2012
Given that information, it seems like McIlroy is just playing it even and trying to avoid controversy, which is something he had enough of with this last month.
- Rory McIlroy
Caroline Wozniacki was surprised to hear Rory McIlroy talking about the former couple’s relationship in a recent interview, and the tennis star has a very simple message for McIlroy in response.
Get over it.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror on Thursday, Wozniacki at first claimed to have nothing to say about McIlroy’s comments.
“I saw it alright, but I do not really have anything to say,” Wozniacki said. “Was I surprised? Yes.”
Woz then got a bit more personal.
“It’s a little dead by now. It is three years ago, so I don’t understand why he keeps bringing it up,” she added. “I don’t think there is any reason to. He looks like he is a good place in his life, so he surely he must move on.”
McIlroy is now happily engaged to former PGA employee Erica Stoll. He insisted he holds no ill will toward Wozniacki, but some of the things he said were unflattering, to say the least. You can read McIlroy’s comments here.
McIlroy won two majors and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in the months after he abruptly split with Wozniacki, so it seems like not dating her has been good for his career. As Woz said, the two broke up a long time ago. You can’t blame her for being annoyed that she still has to answer questions about her ex.
Rory McIlroy took a minute on Wednesday to put Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee in check via Twitter.
Chamblee has been arguing against players hitting up on their driver.
@THEclubfitter Jack Nicklaus did not hit up on his drives. Some of today's longest hitters hit up on their drives, but most/average hit down
— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) January 17, 2017
McIlroy decided to respond with one simple tweet:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) January 18, 2017
As Barstool Sports points out, this isn’t the first time McIlroy has responded to Chamblee:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 16, 2016
Chamblee believes he was correct about McIlroy though, as the golfer now has a rib injury.
February 16th last year, I raised this concern exactly. I hate to see the best players sidetracked by this belief. https://t.co/LTtf1wGEBO
— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) January 17, 2017
We still love watching McIlroy stick it to Chamblee on social media.
Rory McIlroy is happily engaged to Erica Stoll, but it wasn’t too long ago that he was dating and engaged to former No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. Though the two had fun together and appeared to be a cute couple on the outside, McIlroy later realized marrying Wozniacki was not a good idea.
The golfer discussed many topics in an interview with the Irish Independent, including his relationships. McIlroy doesn’t hold anything against Wozniacki, but he does know why dating another top athlete was wrong for him.
“I thought at the time that being with someone that was in a similar position to you was the obvious answer,” McIlroy said of dating Wozniacki. “But it isn’t, because you can never get away from it. You can never detach yourself and try to come back to the real world. And that’s why I feel in such a good place now. I don’t feel Erica wants to change me in any way. I can be myself around her; there’s no bulls—, no acting, no show.”
McIlroy contrasted being with Wozniacki to his current girlfriend, Stoll.
“The thing I love about it is that we were friends before anything romantic happened. We met when she was working for the PGA of America, and renting a condo in Palm Beach, and I found it refreshing being with someone who was living a normal life rather than, ‘Oh! My jet is 30 minutes late!’ McIlroy told the Independent.
“I could speak to her about anything, we ended up spending a bit of time together and realized that there was something more there. I love that she knows everything about me, and there was no judgement there. There was no judgement from day one, which is huge, because that’s very hard to find for someone in my position.”
McIlroy fell into a slump while dating Wozniacki, which many attributed to the relationship. Some, such as Nick Faldo, felt McIlroy wasn’t focused enough on golf and practicing and was being distracted. Now McIlroy doesn’t have to worry about flying halfway across the world to be with his love, which means his support system is much better and helpful towards his career. In fact, McIlroy won two majors in the months after splitting with Wozniacki and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year that year.
Getting text messages in the middle of the night can be annoying and disturbing. That’s true even if they’re from Tiger Woods.
In an interview with Paul Kimmage of the Sunday Independent, Rory McIlroy talked about his friendship with Woods, and how said friendship has led to 4 A.M. text messages that annoy McIlroy’s fiancee, Erica Stoll.
“I’m drawn to him, yeah,” McIlroy said of Woods. “He’s an intriguing character because you could spend two hours in his company and see four different sides to him. When he’s comfortable and he trusts you — and his trust (sensitivity) is way (higher) than mine — he’s great. He’s thoughtful. He’s smart. He reads. He can’t sleep so that’s all he does — he reads stuff and educates himself on everything. But he struggles to sleep, which I think is an effect of overtraining, so I tell him to calm down sometimes. He’d be texting me at four o’clock in the morning: ‘Up lifting. What are you doing?’
“Erica actually got pissed off with it. He was texting me in the middle of the night and I was like, ‘Tiger is in the gym.'”
McIlroy and Woods seem to have a fun relationship full of mutual respect and good advice. For Stoll’s sake, though, maybe a few less texts in the wee hours of the morning, Tiger.
H/T Golf Digest
The 2016 Ryder Cup is taking place on U.S. soil, which means the European team is facing a rowdy crowd and lots of hecklers. In fact, one was so rude with his comments on Saturday that Rory McIlroy had the fan removed.
During Day 2 play at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, McIlroy was heckled by a fan with a vulgar comment. The fan also made a remark about McIlroy’s ex-fiancee, Caroline Wozniacki. Beware of language.
— NateTheGreat (@NatE_AndersoN22) October 1, 2016
McIlroy stopped in his tracks and looked over to where the fan was in the gallery. He then alerted a course marshal, who removed the fan from the area.
— Max Mason (@max_mason) October 1, 2016
Rory McIlroy confronts fan, says to remove him. No physical contact. Marshal tells me fan to be removed immediately. pic.twitter.com/namR3844jX
— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) October 1, 2016
This was just more of the same type of treatment the European players have been receiving from the fans, although this crossed the line. During Thursday’s practice round, one heckler even got called out on the course to putt in this awesome video.
As if that weren’t enough, another heckler made reference to that exchange a day later:
And there was more heckling McIlroy faced about Wozniacki:
Crowd serenading Rory with "Sweet Caroline bomp, bomp, bomp …" he turned around and screamed the rest of the verse to them. Lit.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) October 1, 2016
Despite the heckling, McIlroy and Thomas Pieters won their match against Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3 and 1 Saturday.
- Rory McIlroy
We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Ryder Cup on Thursday, and it was only a practice round. Believe it or not, we can thank a heckling fan for that.
When European golfers Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan found themselves unable to make a 12-foot putt (they supposedly missed it six times), a fan began giving them a hard time and said even he could knock it down if given the opportunity. Henrik Stenson, who was playing with McIlroy, Sullivan and Justin Rose, called the guy out on it and told him to give it a shot. Rose even laid a $100 bill on the green and told him he could keep it if he hit the putt.
Geess what? The guy buried it:
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 29, 2016
And he even took a shot at Rory’s height by asking if he could use Dustin Johnson’s putter instead! It doesn’t get any better than that.
McIlroy has always been a great sport when it comes to fan interactions (even in this touchy situation), so we’re not surprised he gave the guy a chance to shine. Did he envision the fan draining the putt on his first attempt? We know the answer to that.