• "That's always I feel an unfair criticism," said the 27-year-old
• McIlroy surged through to win Deutsche Bank Championship
RORY MCILROY | FEDEX CUP
Rory McIlroy called criticism of his gym routine ‘unfair’ after he surged through the field to claim his second win of 2016 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The four-time major winner, who has come under fire from ex-players and now golf analysts Brandel Chamblee and Johnny Miller, started the final round at TPC Boston six shots behind Paul Casey – but overcame the Englishman with a six-under-par 65 to win by two strokes.
"If I wasn’t in the gym, I wouldn’t be sitting here" - Rory McIlroy
McIlroy has been criticised for his putting performances in recent months – most notably at the US PGA Championship – but, speaking after his win, said it was criticism of his gym work more than aspects of his golf game that annoys him the most.
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“I think when people make judgments or criticisms without being educated on the subject they’re criticising – me getting in the gym for example – that’s my pet peeve,” said Rory McIlroy.
“Someone that says to me, ‘You’re in the gym too much’. The reason that I play at such a high level and hopefully will continue to play at a high level for the next 10-15 years is because of the work I do in the gym.
“If I wasn’t in the gym, I wouldn’t be sitting here. It’s a big part of who I am, a big part of my success. That’s always I feel an unfair criticism.”
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Back in February, Chamblee said McIlroy’s ‘extensive weightlifting’ was a ‘concern’ for him – to which the 27-year-old responded on Twitter with a video of him lifting – while at The Open, Miller said he got ‘carried away with wearing tight shirts and showing off his muscles’.
This week marked a vastly improved performance on the greens for McIlroy, who recently started working with putting coach Phil Kenyon and switched to a Scotty Cameron M1 Prototype mallet.
At The Barclays, the Northern Irishman was third last in the field for Strokes Gained Putting. At the Deutsche Bank Championship, he was third in the field, while he led in the Putting Average stat.
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