Rory McIlroy not worried by R&A driver test

Rory Mc Ilroy

Rory McIlroy says he’d be ‘very surprised’ if anything untoward came out from an equipment test being carried out by The R&A at this week’s Open.

A number of players in the field at Carnoustie have been selected to participate in the test, with chief executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers, saying that its purpose is to “more actively test players’ drivers straight out of the bag”.

Slumbers added that the test – which is involving a total of 2,000 golfers – had not been driven by distance and was more to make sure each player’s equipment was conforming.

Club captain casts doubt on Carnoustie's Open future
The R&A chief issues warning to Phil

The test had previously been carried out at a Japan Golf Tour event earlier this year and McIlroy revealed that, while he wasn’t one of the players who had been selected, he did notice a particular trend in those who had.

Rory Mc Ilroy1

“I did have a look at the board to see who had been selected,” said McIlroy. “I think there was one manufacturer that was singled out a bit more than anyone else.”

McIlroy was referring to TaylorMade, the brand he has been an ambassador for for over a year now following a spell as a free agent after Nike’s exit from the golf equipment industry in August 2016.

The coolest things for sale in the Open Shop
Why Rickie Fowler's caddie is set for an easier week

“I understand why they’re testing equipment. If there are some drivers out there that have went a little bit over the limit then, obviously, guys shouldn’t be playing them – but I think manufacturers are smart enough not to try and push it too much.

“I’d be very surprised if they found anything this week.” 

McIlroy won the Silver Medal at Carnoustie in 2007 and, if he wins this week, will become the first player to win the Silver Medal and Claret Jug at the same venue.

He gets his bid for a second Open title underway at 12.53pm tomorrow alongside Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Golf is "more dangerous" than rugby, according to new study
Scottish golf professional jailed over £154,000 tax fraud
Glendale Golf helps ‘Slip! Slap! Swing!’ campaign smash target
NEW! THE BUNKERED GOLF PODCAST
Research reveals huge optimism for future of grassroots golf

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to control your distances
Watch
play button
The importance of shoulder turn in the golf swing
Callaway
play button
How a stronger grip can lead to extra distance
Watch
play button
Load up the right side for more power
Watch
See all videos right arrow