Paul Azinger: "Pudgy Rory Never Got Hurt, But Fit Rory's Getting Hurt A Lot"

Paul Azinger has questioned Rory McIlroy's fitness regime in the build up to the US Open

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Paul Azinger has questioned Rory McIlroy's fitness regime in the build up to the US Open

Paul Azinger: "Pudgy Rory Never Got Hurt, But Fit Rory's Getting Hurt A Lot"

The US Open is upon us and Paul Azinger has made another controversial comment on US TV during the build up, this time about Rory McIlroy.

The major winner and winning Ryder Cup captain, who was working for the BBC during the Masters, was speaking on the Northern Irishman's injuries during Fox Sports' US Open preview.

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McIlroy returns to action this week having missed a month since the Players Championship due to a rib injury which also kept him out for six weeks earlier this year.

Rory pulled out of the BMW PGA Championship as well as the Memorial Tournament. The injury was blamed on his rigorous equipment testing in the off-season.

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Azinger said, “Pudgy Rory never got hurt, but fit Rory’s getting hurt a lot. I question fitness.

"If you think fitness makes you better it probably makes you better. But I guess there’s a point of diminishing return, if you’re not careful.”

The talk of the four-time major winner working out too much has been a constant on social media in the last couple of years.

We asked McIlroy's coach Steve McGregor about it for the October issue of Golf Monthly, "I can't get my head round how anyone thinks that as his closest team members, we're trying to get him injured," he said.

"It seems quite amusing, really, that anyone would think that's what we're trying to achieve."

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McIlroy begins his quest for a second US Open title and fifth major at 8.09pm alongside Justin Rose and Jason Day.

His first major championship came at the US Open in 2011 at Congressional.

He was just 22 and broke 11 US records that week, including the lowest score to par and lowest total score in the tournament's history.

Azinger's Tiger Woods comments

Paul Azinger was again in the news recently for his comments on Tiger Woods' DUI arrest.

Speaking on Fox Sports, he said, "I know firsthand there are some players that think there's a problem there with Tiger.

"Tiger's close to a few people. Not many. And the few people that are around Tiger probably know there's a problem.

"And if they don't intervene, then it's on them. But addiction's a big deal, and if he's addicted, then somebody better intervene."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer 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. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, 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 2-6. 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: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x