Social Media Divided Over Rory McIlroy In-Round Masters Interview

McIlroy played the ninth hole mic'd up at Augusta National, with many voicing their opinions on social media

Rory McIlroy hits a drive whilst wearing a light blue polo shirt
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Golf has been finding ways to give the fans as much insight as possible when it comes to live play and, rather amazingly, during the very first round of The Masters at Augusta National, Rory McIlroy played the ninth hole mic'd up as he walked the fairway.

Back in February, McIlroy seemed to enjoy the idea of being mic'd up, with the four-time Major saying, at the time: "I thought they were very good. It's very unobtrusive; you just put an AirPod in your ear and just have a chat with the guys in the studio. It would take a little bit of convincing for me. But given the last couple of weeks and how well I think it's been received; I'd certainly be open to it."

Just a month later, McIlroy donned the mic during the WGC - Dell Technologies Match Play during his quarter-final match against Xander Schauffele, with the 33-year-old now wearing the air pods during the first round of The Masters.

For me, personally, I thought it was fantastic viewing and, as long as it wasn't distracting, then I don't see what the issue is as you would like to think that McIlroy would have had to agree to be mic'd up. During the process, he explained the uphill second shot to the ninth hole and, despite the approach landing a few yards short and spinning back, he still made par.

However, as is the case with most things, opinions were divided, with some loving the fact one of the best players in the world was commentating whilst playing, whilst others thought he should have stuck to his job of concentrating on getting the Green Jacket.

An array of golf fans from around the world voiced their views on it, with golf YouTuber, Peter Finch, tweeting: "Rory….absolute legend doing an on course commentary!! The kind of access and insight we NEVER get, especially at a major. Love it, love it, love it #themasters. @McIlroyRory"

Along with Finch, other users praised the move, with tweets including: "Brilliant. Sort of thing that massively improves the broadcast" and "he looked and sounded like a massive golf fan playing Augusta, having the time of his life, without a care in the world."

Others, though, were somewhat more negative. One user said: "He should be concentrating on the job in hand, not doing crazy interviews during a round" whilst another tweeted: "This is a precedent we don’t need. Unbelievable that Augusta ever allowed it to happen."

Check out just some of the many responses below:

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