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