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Rory McIlroy defends time spent in gym: 'Most unfair criticism I've received'

By Will Slattery

Published 06/09/2016

Rory McIlroy beaming with delight alongside fiancée Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy beaming with delight alongside fiancée Erica Stoll

Fresh off winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in 16 months, Rory McIlroy has spoken out about the 'unfair' criticism he receives for the amount of time he spends in the gym.

McIlroy has added a substantial amount of muscle to his frame over the last number of years, with Nick Faldo one of many analysts to question whether such gym work is necessary for the four-time Major winner to fulfill his potential as a golfer.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his shot on the 14th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after his putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 17th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 17th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 17th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his shot on the 14th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 15th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his shot from the 15th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks on on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the 15th tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland putts on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his shot on the 16th green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up his ball after putting out on the second hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the fourth green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland acknowledges the crowd on the fourth green during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 05: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 5, 2016 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

After shooting a final round 65 to overturn a six shot deficit and win the Deutsche Bank Championship yesterday, McIlroy maintained that his workout regime is key to the success he has achieved as a golfer.

"I don't know if any criticism is unfair," McIlroy said in quotes reported by Sky Sports.

"I think when people make judgements or criticisms without being educated on the subject that they're criticising, I think that's like for me getting in the gym, for example, that's my pet peeve. Someone that says to me you're in the gym too much.

"The reason I play at such a high level, and hopefully will continue to play at a high level for the next 10 to 15 years, is because of the work I do in the gym. If I wasn't in the gym, I wouldn't be sitting here today. It's a big part of who I am, it's a big part of my success. That's always I feel an unfair criticism.

"But with my game, the critics and the analysts and everyone that are out there, they're educated about golf, so they for the most part know what they're talking about.

"A criticism of my golf game, I take it, and I know what I need to work on and sometimes those people point out the obvious but, I would say that the most unfair criticism I've received, is what I do at the gym."

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