The European Ryder Cup team was dominated by the United States team from start to finish this week, and no one took the loss harder than Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy didn’t play well on Friday or Saturday at Whistling Straits, but he managed to salvage a point when he won his singles match against Xander Schauffele on Sunday. He was quick to deflect any attention away from the individual accomplishment. McIlroy gave an emotional interview with NBC after his round and fought back tears as he spoke about how much playing in the Ryder Cup means to him.
“The more and more I play in this event, I realize that it’s the best event in golf, bar none. I love being a part of it,” McIlroy said. “I can’t wait to be a part of many more. … It’s an absolute privilege. I’ve gotten to do this six times. They’ve always been my greatest experiences in my career. I’ve never really cried or gotten emotional about what I’ve done as an individual — I couldn’t give a s—.”
Europe had won nine of the previous 12 Ryder Cup events heading into this year. The U.S. bucked the trend with a 19-9 thumping, which was the largest margin of victory since continental Europe was introduced to the Ryder Cup in 1979.
McIlroy is only 32, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to erase the foul stench from 2021. The next Ryder Cup will also be in Europe, so McIlroy’s team will be the one on the receiving end of awesome supportive chants like this.
Rory McIlroy has come to the defense of Bryson DeChambeau, somewhat.
McIlroy spoke recently about some of the treatment DeChambeau has received on tour from some of the fans. DeChambeau has had an ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka, which led some people to taunt him by yelling “Brooksie!” at him. DeChambeau even reportedly had a heated exchange with a “Brooksie” heckler over the weekend.
Some of that harsh treatment led the PGA Tour to say Tuesday that DeChambeau could not be taunted with “Brooksie” barbs anymore.
Many think the rule is ridiculous and not only will be difficult to enforce, but may also make the issue worse.
McIlroy spoke about the situation. He believes that DeChambeau has brought some of the attention upon himself. But he also feels badly for his fellow golfer.
“There are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. But at the same time I think he has been getting a pretty rough go of it of late and it’s actually pretty sad to see because he, deep down, I think, is a nice person,” McIlroy said.
McIlroy believes some of the stuff he has heard from fans crosses the line. He is hoping that fans will give DeChambeau a chance to improve.
DeChambeau has definitely brought a lot upon himself. It’s one thing to be “different” with your methods as DeChambeau is. But when you have issues with your colleagues and call out your equipment, you’re going to make a lot of people dislike you.
Rory McIlroy has done a 180 regarding his stance on the Olympics.
McIlroy did not play at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He did not seem very enthusiastic about competing at the Summer Games in Tokyo either.
McIlroy said prior to the Olympics that he was not a very patriotic guy but was participating just to represent the sport of golf.
Now, after competing and contending for a medal, McIlroy’s stance has changed, and he feels the beauty of the Olympics.
“I made some comments before that were probably uneducated and impulsive, but coming here experiencing it, seeing, feeling everything that goes on, not just Olympic golf but just the Olympics in general, that sort of Olympic spirit’s definitely bitten me and I’m excited how this week’s turned out and excited for the future,” McIlroy said on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Irish golfer was part of a 7-way tie for third that entered a playoff to determine the bronze medal winner. Though he did not win the bronze, which went to C.T. Pan, McIlroy said he had never competed so hard for third place. He also said he was already excited about competing in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Overall, McIlroy acknowledged that he’s a bit of a skeptic. That led him to be skeptical of the Ryder Cup and the Olympics. But once he participated in both events, he learned how special they were and was proud to be proven wrong.
Rory McIlroy says patriotism is not a driving factor in him competing for Ireland in the Olympics. So what is his reason for competing in Japan?
The 32-year-old says he wants to represent the sport as a whole.
“I’m not a very patriotic guy; I’m doing it because I think it is the right thing to do,” McIlroy said Sunday.
“I missed it last time [in Rio]. And for golf to be an Olympic sport, you need your best players there, and I feel I want to represent the game of golf more than anything else.”
McIlroy was asked what he is looking forward to at the Olympics. The golfer said that given the restrictions due to COVID-19, there isn’t as much to look forward to as there would be in typical Olympics. However, this will give him a chance to work on his game more.
McIlroy has won four majors and achieved a No. 1 world ranking during his career. Adding a gold medal to his list of achievements would be nice for his career resume.
Rory McIlroy struggled through the first two rounds of the Scottish Open this week, but a fan made sure the event will be one the four-time major champion will never forget.
McIlroy was chatting with Jon Rahm on the 10th tee at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick on Friday when a fan casually walked up to him and removed a club from his bag. The spectator first tried to grab McIlroy’s driver, but the head cover came off. He then grabbed an iron from McIlroy’s bag, walked to the opposite side of the tee box and began taking practice swings.
As you can see in the video below, McIlroy and his caddie appeared to be so confused that they froze.
The fan, of course, was ejected from the event. A European Tour spokesperson told ESPN’s Cameron O’Halloran on Friday that “the matter is now in the hands of Police Scotland.”
Fans have seemed particularly brazen at golf events this year. Just last month, someone waltzed onto the course at the US Open and began taking shots. You can see that video here.
Rahm led the tournament as of Friday afternoon after shooting 11-under through two rounds. McIlroy was just 1-under after the second round, which may not be enough to make the cut.
Rory McIlroy notched his first win on the PGA Tour since 2019 when he held off Abraham Ancer at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. You could tell the victory meant a lot to him when he was interviewed after the final round, and McIlroy reiterated that on social media.
McIlroy’s win was the third of his career at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. His first, in 2010, was the first PGA Tour victory of his career. The 32-year-old reflected on that in a tweet after the tournament.
After McIlroy sunk his final putt, he threw his ball into the gallery the same way he did with his previous two victories at Quail Hollow.
Fans were happy to see McIlroy break his 18-month slump. They made that clear with the loud chants they had for Rory on the 18th green (video here). Time will tell if the win can jumpstart his career again.
Rory McIlroy won for the first time in over 18 months and was feeling the love from the fans.
McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina on Sunday. He shot 3 under in the final round and 10 under for the tournament to win it. It was his third time winning the tournament.
There were big roars as soon as McIlroy made the putt to win the tournament.
In his interview after winning the event, McIlroy acknowledged the importance of the fans. He said he feeds off the crowd and needs their presence at events. McIlroy also expressed his fondness for Charlotte, largely due to his success at Quail Hollow, where he recorded his first career PGA Tour victory.
McIlroy called it “one of my favorite places in the world.” The fans reciprocated.
Prior to Sunday, McIlroy’s last win came in Nov. 2019.
Rory McIlroy struggled during the first round of the Masters on Thursday, and the four-time major champion’s father felt his pain — literally.
McIlroy pulled his tee shot left on the 7th hole and ended up with a difficult angle into the green. He tried to move the ball right to left with his approach shot, but he was unsuccessful and hit a spectator in the leg. The patron was his own father.
The shot was later shown on ESPN with audio of McIlroy’s exchange with his caddie. McIlroy’s caddie asked if the ball hit Rory’s dad, and McIlroy said that it did.
McIlroy ended up making a bogey — his third in a row — on the hole. For someone who will always have his infamous Masters meltdown in the back of his mind, hitting your dad with an errant shot can’t feel like the best omen.
Bryson DeChambeau has changed the way many people view golf with his continued success on the PGA Tour, and that is even having an influence on some of his peers. In Rory McIlroy’s case, it may have become a hinderance.
McIlroy missed the cut at The Players Championship last week. He shot 79 in the opening round on Thursday followed by 75 on Friday. The four-time major champion has spent time over the last several months trying to up his swing speed and emulate DeChambeau’s game, and he says that is part of his problem.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t anything to do with what Bryson did at the U.S. Open,” McIlroy said after missing the cut at TPC Sawgrass, via Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard. “I think a lot of people saw that and were like, whoa, if this is the way they’re going to set golf courses up in the future, it helps. It really helps.”
PGA courses are getting longer and longer to account for club technology and the strength of players. Nobody on the Tour swings harder or hits it further than DeChambeau, and that playing style helped him torch the field at the U.S. Open last year. He finished tied for third at The Players Championship and has continued to play well.
DeChambeau said he is flattered by McIlroy trying to emulate his game, even if McIlroy thinks his swing has suffered a bit because of it.
“I knew that there would be some people that would try and some people it would potentially not work for them and some people it may help them,” DeChambeau said. “I do appreciate Rory’s comments, it’s kind of a sentiment almost and something that keeps me going every day.”
McIlroy has added about 3 mph to his swing since October. He says he would like to maintain that speed while getting away from the long, flat swing that has been contributing to his struggles.
There has been some speculation that DeChambeau has helped his game in some unethical ways, but there is no proof of that. Between his insanely fast swing and bag of irons that are all the same length, the 27-year-old will continue to revolutionize the game if he keeps winning. McIlroy isn’t the only one who has taken a page out of DeChambeau’s book, and there will certainly be others.
Rory McIlroy clarified this week that he is not looking to change coaches or caddies, as some had speculated.
McIlroy started off the Arnold Palmer Invitational well last week with a 66 in the first round. But then his play was uneven thereafter, and he finished tied for 10th after shooting a 76 on the final day.
“I need something, I need a spark – I need something and I just don’t seem to have it,” McIlroy said after the tournament. “Some stuff that I don’t know how to describe, but just a little dejected or maybe looking to go in a different direction.”
When McIlroy said he was looking to go in a different direction, some thought a big change was coming. But a more levelheaded McIlroy said Tuesday that he was just really frustrated after Sunday’s bad round. He clarified what he meant.
“Swing-wise, I think there’s some things that I’m working on that haven’t quite embedded or I’m struggling to grasp what I’m trying to do, so that’s sort of what I meant, talking about going in a different direction.
“Just sort of maybe trying something different or thinking about another way to do it, I guess. More so I was coming from that point of view.”
McIlroy did finish tied for 10th despite his complaints, so he shouldn’t be too down. It’s not like he just fell out of the top 100 or is in danger of not qualifying for the Masters. He’ll have a chance to get things sorted out this week at THE PLAYERS Championship.