15.3 C
Saturday, August 8, 2020
- Advertisement -

McGinley: “Time for McIlroy to stop making excuses”

Must read

You Give Love a Bad Name*

When passion boils over into anger, there's no excuse for taking your rage out on the golf course. Sadly, that's exactly what happened on the 17th green at North West GC recently

Hazeltine memories highlight the fervour and fanaticism of US supporters

Another year to wait but much to ponder in the interim; a Ryder Cup in America is no place for the fainthearted, be they European players or fans

Fast & Fascinating facts

More tidbits from around the world of golf including the one time Masters champ who not only correctly predicted his win but also his aggregate score

Cursed in Foxford and Puerto Rico

Some curses seem harder to break than others, whether you're a Mayo footballer chasing an All-Ireland title or a Puerto Rico champion sentenced to PGA Tour doom

Paul McGinley will get no argument when he insists it’s time for Rory McIlroy to stop making excuses.

McGinley was commenting for SKY Sports Golf during the opening round of the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational where McIlroy found himself trailing by a whopping 11 shots after a disappointing three-over par 73 on the host TPC Southwind course in Memphis.

Fellow four-time Major winning Brooks Koepka easily found the shortest route around the course with a blistering 10-under par 62 to move two clear of his rivals while McIlroy’s putter again let him down in taking 35 putts to be trailing well down the board in the 77-player, ‘no cut’ event.

McIlroy’s yet to post a top-10 in four events since the lifting of the PGA Tour lockdown on June 11th and while the 31-year old seems to be struggling to focus under a continuing ‘no spectator’ policy, McGinley reckons enough of the excuses.

“He hasn’t had it the last five or six weeks”, said McGinley. “It’s not the same Rory McIlroy we saw before.

“So he has got to figure out a way. Maybe the fact that Rahm has come in and knocked him off his perch at No 1 might help him. Maybe the fact that there’s a Major championship again next week. But he is talking about not having the same desire, that’s it not the same without the crowds.

“There are excuses all the time. And we are not hearing that from Rahm. He is getting stuck in. That’s what you’ve got to do. These are different times. There are Major championships to be won, big events to be won and if you can’t do it without a crowd, you have got to find a way of self-motivating and that is going to be the big challenge for McIlroy.”

Again, strong words from McGinley but many will agree they need to be said.

The threat of inclement weather in Memphis has seen officials bring forward the second round tee times.


1.20pm – Graeme McDowell

1.20pm – Shane Lowry

2.50pm – Rory McIlroy


New Gear

FIRST LOOK: The all-new Titleist Tour Speed golf ball

Following years of rigorous product development, the introduction of the new Titleist Tour Speed provides golfers with their fastest, best performing golf ball yet

Adidas to unite golfers preparing for Tokyo 2021

The Tokyo Collection – made up of 41 footwear silhouettes across 19 sports, are all purposefully designed in a signal pink colourway to connect athletes without words

Shot Scope unveils V3 performance tracking and GPS watch

The new high-performing unisex V3 watch is sure to fit comfortably on the wrist of any golfer and boasts accurate readings to 30 centimeters

Galvin Green hits the shelves with eye-catching 2020 range

Galvin Green has turned to the ‘Science of Excellence’ for inspiration for its 2020 Part Two clothing range launched this month


  1. Totally agree Paul! There are millions watching him globally – how dare he make excuses! He’s got the game to make a course look easy and blitz away everyone else in world golf, but there’s obviously just something wrong with the mental side of things. C’mon Rory!!!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Restrictions for golf in Kildare, Offaly and Laois

Those of you with a game of golf planned this weekend may want to have a look at the latest restrictions, not just for the three counties in question but those outside them too

Sharvin in touch but Dunne & Caldwell cut in England

Cormac Sharvin remains in the hunt for a maiden European Tour title but there’ll be no weekend work for Paul Dunne or Jonathan Caldwell at the inaugural English Championship

Dun Laoghaire & Mullingar take to the fairways in Pink

Dun Laoghaire and Mullingar golf clubs became the latest courses in the country to be showered in flamingo pink in aid of Breast Cancer Research

Moriarty takes the spoils at Portmarnock Links Pro-Am

The ever-impressive Colm Moriarty took advantage of pristine conditions to score a five-under 66 and win his first event of the season at the Portmarnock Links Pro-Am

Nature Valley Order of Merit beginning to take shape

It may have proved a delayed start to this year's Irish Golfer Series but players have looked determined to make up for lost time since our first event of the year at Cork Golf Club