Rory McIlroy was recently slammed by 1973 Open Champion Tom Weiskopf which triggered a fierce response from the Ulsterman.
Tom Weiskopf spoke to GolfWeek earlier this week, where he didn’t feel that Rory McIlroy had it in him to bring more than one major championship to his current tally, based on lack of commitment as well as commenting on the 4-time-time major champion’s putting skills.
According to Weiskopf:
“I look at Rory McIlroy and I think golf is something just for Rory to do. 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 – 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. 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.”
It’s an insight that hasn’t passed through McIlroy, who, responding to GolfWeek, ignored the critique and called it as not being a “fair assessment” and revealed how he works his best on every shot.
In defence, McIlroy stated:
“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. 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.”
Additionally, the 31-year-old recently revealed to a club snap at the Zozo as proof of how he could get impatient on the course.
“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.”