'One More Than Someone Else' - McIlroy Roasts Greg Norman In Canadian Open Speech

After securing his 21st PGA Tour title, Rory McIlroy couldn't help but take a dig at LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman

Rory stares on as he walks to the next tee
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Rory McIlroy is one of the game's most popular characters and, following an unbelievable performance at the RBC Canadian Open, which included a final round 62 to defend his title, he certainly gave viewers a moment to chuckle at with one of his responses aiming a dig at a certain figure in the golfing world.

Following his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Rory was interviewed by Amanda Balionis Renner, with Rory being asked what the win meant to him. His answer? Well, Rory stated that: "It's incredible." As he continued his response, the 33-year-old added: "It's a moment I will remember for a long, long time. It's my 21st PGA Tour win and one more than someone else."

All we can say is ouch! With the remark a dig at 20-time PGA Tour winner, Greg Norman, who is also the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, the backers of the new LIV Golf Invitational Series which is becoming a rival to the PGA Tour.

Over the past few weeks, the LIV Golf Series has dominated the golfing world with players like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia and many others jumping ship to the Saudi-backed series.

McIlroy though has remained loyal to the PGA Tour, with the Northern Irishman backing the PGA Tour's decision to suspend the players who have signed up to the LIV Golf Series, insisting Jay Monahan has "done the right thing" in dishing out sanctions for those who have "broken the rules".

McIlroy of Northern Ireland and PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan pose with the FedExCup trophy after the TOUR Championship, the final event of the FedExCup Playoffs, at East Lake Golf Club on August 25, 2019

McIlroy and Monahan pose with the FedExCup trophy after the 2019 Tour Championship

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Along with McIlroy, close friend Justin Thomas has also supported the PGA Tour's decision, with the American stating: "I know the PGA Tour is the best place to play in the world."

However, the two-time Major winner also explained that: "They're throwing so much money at people that it's very hard to turn down. I don't care what you say in terms of that people play for different reasons. It doesn't matter who you are or what it is, everything has a number. They're reaching that number for some people, and I hope that they don't get others. But I think a very strong core group of us is very stable and firm in our position, and I hope that it stays that way."

On Saturday, Charl Schwartzel picked up the title at the Centurion Club, with the 37-year-old securing a $4 million paycheck for first prize. As well as the $4 million, the South African also picked up a $750,000 share of the $3 million team prize, with his Stinger GC quartet securing a handsome payday.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x