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PGA Match Play Showdown: Rory Defeats Hopkins, 7&6

Michael Whitmer covers Ian Poulter's call to the media to chill out on the Rory ripping (video here), check out the exchange between McIlroy and Global Golf Post's John Hopkins later in the press center.

The video is more revealing (could not find any), but either way say what you want about the state of the lad's game, he handled this better than most would:

Q. Ian Poulter was in here a couple of hours ago, and we were asking him about you, and he said he thought that we should lay off you. Do you feel we should lay off you?

RORY McILROY: I don't know, I mean, it's ... I'd definitely rather be up here talking about more positive things, but I guess that's the way it is.

Should you lay off me? That's not for me to decide. That's not ... I'm here and I'm answering your questions and that's all I can do. Yeah, as I said, it would be nicer just to sit up here, talk about some more positive things, but the way this year's gone, it's understandable why I'm not.

Q. It's very nice of you to say it's not for you to decide, but you're the only person who can decide whether you think we should lay off you?
RORY McILROY: You're the only people who can decide whether you lay off me or not, so it's not my decision. (Laughter).

Q. You can say whether you think we should.

RORY McILROY: No, I think you should do what you want. Ask me the questions that you want to ask (shrugging shoulders).

McIlroy tees off at 1:25 ET with Vijay Singh and Martin Kaymer.

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Rory just gave a major lesson in dealing with the press as a professional. Now if he can only recapture his golf game.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentermunihack
Great retort. Now start playing some golf Rory!
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose
Is this what passes for sports journalism these days?
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Hopkins would have loved to have Rory say they should lay off him. Can see the headline now....."Ror's says pressure is too much, asks press to lay off!"......
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
FYI: Live text commentary on the first round of the 2013 US PGA from Oak Hill as Rory McIlroy defends his title:

love some of the comments, like this:
1720: Tiger Woods has let a shot go at the par-five fourth to drop back to one under, so far it hasn't been the coruscating start that many were predicting - the way some people were talking he could have won this thing with a Mashie Niblick and a Baffing Spoon in his bag.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentergrr
Stay classy, Hopkins...stay classy. Maybe ask the kid about the state of his game, not on his perception of your profession. This is about the golfers, not about the now almost completely worthless media covering the golfers.

Hilltop, I 100% agree. Just like the media has gone bonkers now that Tiger has said it would be a great year even if he didn't win a major. "Tiger's expectations lower" or "Tiger no longer expects to win majors".

08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
I thought Hopkins retired. Working for the Global Golf Post is the same thing, i guess.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
Hopkins should stick to the hospital business.
Very impressive from Rory. Can you imagine Tiger in the face of such questions? Of course the gutless wonders never really asked them of him.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Classy response by Rory and @Ghillie, I totally agree.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
Serves Hopkins right for tangling with an Irish man no matter what side of the border he comes from
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morris
How does 'Global Golf Post' even get a seat in the press center?
The publication is a complete joke.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterredneck
Redneck, tell us more.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
Wow. That's Ph.D. levels of media savvy there.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
it may go the other way, hopefully , but if Rory becomes Tigerized in the future, we can look back to today for clues . that display of courage may not be so forthcoming and a standard non-answer will become the norm. somebody should kick that journalist in the nuts.
Good grief. Mr. Hopkins really should put himself out to pasture. No idea if he once had credibility, but the last several years have not been pretty.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I've played and lunched with Hoppy a couple of times. To me, decades younger, he was great. He was a good pro in the days when journalists knew the players and had their confidence. I would agree that he looks ill at ease playing a more aggressive/antagonistic media game - as if he's doing what he thinks he needs to do these days...
But he was modest and charming and excellent company round a Welsh coastal links. Just saying.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmithy
What's the status of the pesky wisdom tooth?
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Definitely a baiting attempt by Hopkins. Great answers from Rory.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDRM
If Rory wins 7 and 6 versus Hopkins, I think Geoff might have come up four and three against the tag team of David and John on the 19th hole. It seemed like a couple of poodles were snapping hard at the ankles for the first 30 minutes or so but were well fended off.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNapa Bill
Such is journo's these days. Now they are the story, instead of writing it.
08.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentermehstg

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