Oh boy. And that's just from America's Sam Weinman. Wait until the UK writers chime in on Rory's bizarro final round comments. Granted, he's frustrated, he's wet, he's cold, etc... but rather shocking stuff for someone raised in...Northern Ireland!
"I'm not a fan of golf tournaments that are predicted so much by the weather," he said. "It's not my sort of golf."
Given that most tour players, even Phil Mickelson, have attempted to adjust their games to handle the Open's myriad conditions, it was proposed to McIlroy he would need to do the same to contend in the game's oldest championship. McIlroy didn't necessarily agree.
"It's either that or just wait for a year when the weather is nice," he said. "My game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I don't enjoy playing in really. That's the bottom line. I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind."
And yet he won't play The Players!
*Rory's trainwreck of a post round presser that seems straight out of a Jenkins novel, not the words of a bright young Northern Irishman.
A few of the remarks:
Q. It just seems to be the links require a lot more, and when you don't get any breaks it's almost impossible to win?
RORY McILROY: Yeah, I'm not a fan of golf tournaments that the outcome is predicted so much by the weather. It's not my sort of golf. Yeah, I'm disappointed with the way I finished obviously, but I'll just have to wait until next year to try and make a good run at this tournament.
Q. Will you automatically look ahead to the Irish Open and the U.S. PGA coming up?
RORY McILROY: Yeah, exactly. I'm looking forward to getting back to America, playing in Akron, and obviously the PGA and the Irish Open is a big one for us, as well. It's a week that I sort of enjoy. But yeah, looking forward to getting back and playing in Akron, playing the PGA and getting back into some nice conditions.
Q. If you're going to contend in this championship you're going to have to deal with the weather.
RORY McILROY: It's either that or just wait for a year when the weather is nice.
No, I mean, my game is suited for basically every golf course and most conditions, but these conditions I just don't enjoy playing in really. That's the bottom line. I'd rather play when it's 80 degrees and sunny and not much wind.
RORY McILROY: Yeah, I mean, I can. It's just being comfortable doing that, and there's no point in changing your game for one week a year.