Sick of hearing fans yelling out at golf tournaments? Yep, so is Rory McIlroy.
The four-time major winner said he needed ‘a couple of Advil’ after completing the second round of the Genesis Open, and added that he sympathised with playing partner Tiger Woods who has had to deal with noisy distractions throughout his career.
“I've got a headache after all that,” admitted McIlroy. “I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day on the field. It’s two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around. So, whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again because it's -- it's tiring.”
Woods, who missed the cut, echoed McIlroy’s comments, adding that distractions outside the ropes had “cost me a few tournaments here and there.”
“All it takes is one shot on a Thursday that you lose a tournament by a shot on Sunday,” said Woods. “What people don't realise is it's not just something that happens on Sunday afternoon. This is cumulative and it's par for the course. I’ve dealt with it for a very long time.”
That, insists McIlroy, is unfair and puts Tiger at a disadvantage.
"It's just the whole thing,” he added. “‘Guys, you've got a six-foot putt, ‘It doesn't break as much as you think,’ just stuff like this that they don't have to say. Just stuff.
"You know, whoever is teeing off at 8:30 in the morning doesn't get that and can just go about his business and just do his thing.
"So, that's tough and Tiger has had to deal with that every single time he goes out to play."