Lowlight Reel: Rory McIlroy Breaks Club
By mustang6560 on 6/17/13
In one fell swoop, Rory McIlroy, the second best player in the world, summed up how difficult and how frustrating Merion played as the host course of the U.S. Open. I bet Mike Davis, the executive director of the USGA, gets this picture of the Northern Irishman framed and hangs it in his office.

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legitimatebeef says:
There must be some clause in club endorsement contracts that penalizes a player for publicly doing that. Because taken at face value, it is a damnation of the clubs. In Rory's case the implication is especially strong.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I thought for a moment that Rory really would break that club over his knee. I could have laughed and cried.
birdieXris says:
What an odd way to break a club.
GBogey says:
I must say that if I had unlimited free replacement clubs I could be tempted to destroy one every other week.
Kurt the Knife says:
looks to me like he's trying to pull it out.
joe jones says:
Everyone has a moment of frustration and wants to destroy an offending club once in a while.Budgetary limits on common men have a tendency to stop us from doing the same thing, He is also very young. Mark it up to youthful exuberance.
Trip says:
I agree with legit. This just looks bad for Nike. Even though he's just taking his frustration out on the club, it certainly can be interpreted as he is frustrated with those clubs. Titleist should use this in a commercial!
jfurr says:
Plus in the background a TaylorMade player in the wrong fairway
enviroman22 says:
Good looks jfurr and legitimatebeef
DougE says:
Though it might be funny if Titleist were to use this image of Rory in one of their commercials, they better be careful. Nike might just turn around and show one of the best ball-strikers on the Tour, Steve Striker, flat-shanking a Titleist p-wedge on their new commercial.

Rory does seem to be frustrated with his new Nike clubs. I do believe that the demonstrative way in which he destroyed that shaft was a direct reflection of that frustration with the clubs, not the physical mistake he just made.
slimpks1850 says:
Nike's awesome. This is a $250M kid, not yet 25, being frustrated.
1slander1970 says:
Was there anyone in the top ten using Nike clubs? Just asking..
garmin says:
lol @ the taylor made player in the wrong fairway.
1slander1970 says:
Just went out and looked at the clubs in the bags for the top ten...Nike clubs are not in the bags of any top ten or ties... Just sayin
1slander1970 says:

Interesting..I am not bashing the Nike Clubs but it seems that it took a long time for the world number 1 to make a permanent switch. I was surprised after reading the article as to how recent the permanent switch away from Titleist was...
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