McIlroy Responds After Weiskopf Criticises His Determination And Putting

Rory McIlroy says criticism from 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf was not fair

McIlroy Responds After Weiskopf Criticises His Determination And Putting
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Rory McIlroy says criticism from 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf was not fair

McIlroy Responds After Weiskopf Criticises His Determination And Putting

Rory McIlroy ends what has been a disappointing year on the course for him after failing to win on tour for only the second year since 2008.

Rory managed four consecutive top-fives to start off 2020 but struggled to play his best post-Covid where his most impressive performance came at Augusta where he was T5th after an opening 75.

However, the elephant in the room is that it has been six full years without a Major victory and he certainly gets some criticisms for that.

Recent high profile criticism has come from 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf, who doesn't think he'll will win many more Majors and seems to fancy DJ's chances over his.

He also said he doesn't think McIlroy is a good putter.

“I look at Rory McIlroy and I think golf is something just for Rory to do,” Weiskopf told GolfWeek.

“I’ve said it for a while now that I don’t think he’ll win much more than the four he’s got, or maybe five, because I don’t see that determination and will to be the best.

"I think it is there in Dustin Johnson. I think he finally figured it out and this could propel him to win all four in one year.

“I don’t see any frustration.

“Life is good and it should be [for McIlroy] – he’s a multi, multi-millionaire and has a kid now – but I don’t see the Tiger attitude. It’s like he’s satisfied all the time.

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"The guy is not a good putter. He can hit some putts so off line with the wrong speed. He’s technically not a good putter but one of the purest swings you’d ever want to watch play in the game.

"Technically, he’s superior to Dustin Johnson, but Dustin has the confidence to do it every time.

“I know Rory works out but I bet if you watched them both work out, Rory would be a lot of laughs and giggles and Dustin would be balls to the wall and forcing a little bit more on himself and that’s what he’s done.”

McIlroy then responded with GolfWeek saying that Weiskopf's comments weren't fair and that he does care and want to be the best.

“I’ve never met Tom Weiskopf in my life, he’s never met me, so he’s obviously making a statement based on what he sees from the outside, but I don’t think that’s a fair assessment,” he told GolfWeek.

“I’ve shown throughout my career that I care, that I want to win, that I want to be the best. And I’ve been the best.

"It’s not as if I’m out there in the clouds and not thinking about it. I try my heart out on every single shot, every single tournament that I play.

“I maybe deal better with disappointment than I used to.

"I saw the interview where he said he sees no frustration. Like, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I mean, look at the Zozo. I’m breaking clubs, so there’s a bit of frustration there.

"Obviously, he didn’t watch that round of golf.”

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5