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Rory McIlroy criticised by TV golf pundit for 'showing off' his muscles'

Published 17/07/2016

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 16th hole during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy putts on the 15th green during his final round on day four of the 2016 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland on July 17, 2016. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy walks down the 18th during day four of The Open Championship 2016 at Royal Troon Golf Club, South Ayrshire. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy has been put down by former top player Johnny Miller for caring too much about 'showing off his muscles'.

The NBC pundit said that he thinks that the Holywood-born player has overdone his workout regime  as he commented on his round on British Open at Royal Troon earlier on Sunday.

And to add insult to injury, he likened current world number three McIlroy to Tiger Woods who has experienced a sustained lack of form in recent years.

The former PGA golfer 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."

However, McIlroy has silenced this and other criticism by having a great round today at Troon with an excellent round.

His frustration with his play on Saturday was evident.

But the claret jug honour is likely to go to current leaders Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.

McIlroy frustration with his play on Saturday was evident.

Golf writer Luke Kerr-Dineen has responded to the comments and argued that Rory's fitness regime in the gym was making him a better player not worse.

He wrote on For the Win website: 'He’s  (Rory) 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 that 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.'

 

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