March 6, 2024

Rory McIlroy gives blunt ‘dog s***’ Masters verdict ahead of Augusta | Golf | Sport

Rory McIlroy didn’t hold back when talking about his poor Masters record, branding it ‘dog s***’ as he still hasn’t won the famous green jacket after 15 years of near misses.

McIlroy delivers a brutally honest verdict in the new Netflix show Full Swing, saying his game at The Masters last year was “dog s***” and he’s still waiting to win.

McIlroy was widely expected to finally end the wait at Augusta National 11 months ago and complete his grand slam of golf majors, but it didn’t go well for the champion of four major tournaments. After a nervous but level par first round, McIlroy got a five-over 77 in the second round and missed the cut by two shots.

The Northern Ireland ace, 34, has had a tough time at Augusta. Experts think his style should be perfect for the course, but he hasn’t won yet.

His worst moment came in 2011, back when he was 21, when McIlroy lost a four-shot lead on the final day, ending up tied for 15th place.

McIlroy came back strong, winning the US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship twice in the next three years. But he still hasn’t won the Masters and the special green jacket, and last year’s bad game made it even harder.

McIlroy tackles the subject in the first episode of the new Netflix series, which gives a fly-on-the-wall look at what happens on the PGA Tour.

He shared: “It was the best opportunity I had to win a major in a long, long time, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. It was so far away from where I should have been.”

“I felt like I was going into that Masters playing really well. I felt almost as confident as ever going into that tournament and just laid an egg. I played like dogs *** that week.”

Seven months after his latest Masters disappointment, the three-time FedEx Cup champion stepped down from the PGA Tour’s policy board.

McIlroy had been a strong supporter for the tour during its early battle with LIV Golf, but he was left upset by the PGA Tour’s decision to enter into a framework agreement with LIV’s backers, the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, last summer.

The proposed deal will see the rival tours work closer together, but the process has dragged on for almost a year without a resolution. McIlroy admits his role as a de facto spokesman only for the tour’s bosses to strike a deal behind his back took its toll.

“I had to ask a lot of other questions [after the Masters],” he continued.

“Playing golf and having all the other things I’m involved with, it’s a full-time job. It is all-consuming, you get fatigued a bit, fatigued of asking the same questions and it is so difficult.”


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