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

By Joanne Sweeney

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, 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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