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Rory McIlroy accused of letting the gym muscle in on success on golf course

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 18/07/2016

Rory McIlroy deadlifts
Rory McIlroy deadlifts
McIlroy has posted a video of himself on Twitter showing off his muscular physique
Rory McIlroy squats
Rory in a figure-hugging shirt at The Open yesterday

Rory McIlroy has been accused of being too concerned with "showing off his muscles".

It followed a disappointing effort by the Holywood-born golfer at the 145th Open Championship.

Yesterday, former golfer turned NBC pundit Johnny Miller said he thought McIlroy has overdone his workout regime.

Miller, a former PGA star, said: "I think he overdid the weight room, I don't think that helped him at all.

"Same thing with Tiger Woods. You just get carried away with wearing the tight shirts and showing their muscles."

But golf writer Luke Kerr-Dineen argued that Rory's fitness regime in the gym was making him a better player, not worse.

He hit back: 'He's third on tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, and he's already won four majors before the age of 27 - double the amount Miller won in his entire career. Rory isn't winning majors at the moment for two big reasons - because the competition is arguably fiercer than it's ever been, and because he's struggled on the greens, not because he spends a few more hours in the gym than Johnny Miller ever did."

McIlroy's frustration with his play on Saturday was evident.

After lashing his 3-wood against the ground, the head of it snapped from the shaft and left McIlroy without a club for the closing stretch.

Henrik Stenson hit an eight-under-par 63 to win The Open by three shots after an enthralling final-round tussle with Phil Mickelson.

Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll stroll along a beach
Rory McIlroy and fiancee Erica Stoll stroll along a beach
Rory McIlroy, wearing a George Best tee, watches the game with his friends in the Parc des Princes
Rory McIlroy, wearing a George Best tee, watches the game with his friends in the Parc des Princes

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