Golf fans label Rory McIlroy a "bad loser" after European Tour comment

What do you make of Rory McIlroy's latest outburst? 

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 30 Sep 2019
Golf fans label Rory McIlroy a "bad loser" after European Tour comment

Rory McIlroy finished seven strokes behind Dunhill Links winner Victor Perez on Sunday but then sounded off on European Tour course setups not being tough enough... and it's fair to say his comments have not gone down well with golf fans on social media. 

McIlroy finished in a tie for 26th in the professional tournament, but runner-up alongside his father Gerry in the Pro-Am tournament where he lost out to Tommy Fleetwood's team all because the Englishman had a better individual score than McIlroy's. 

While clearly annoyed to lose out on the team prize in that manner, judging by his comments to Sky Sports Golf's Tim Barter, McIlroy then went on the war path by telling the media he is "sick of coming back over to the European Tour and shooting 15 under par and finishing 30th."

McIlroy was teeing up in just his fourth non-major/World Golf Championship start of the European Tour season, where in each of those appearances he has finished 11-under or better. 

The Ulsterman's tie for 26th at St Andrews marked only his second finish outside the top-25, following his tie for 34th when shooting 13-under par at the Scottish Open earlier this summer. 

"I don’t think the courses are set up hard enough," McIlroy told reporters after his final round.

"There are no penalties for bad shots. It’s tough when you come back and it’s like that. I don’t feel like good golf is rewarded as well as it could be.

"I think if the European Tour wants to put forth a really good product, the golf courses and setups need to be tougher."


As you can imagine, social media was all over McIlroy's rant - check out some of the posts...










McIlroy played the required tournaments he needed to fulfil his membership on the European Tour, but he has spent the majority of his year on the PGA Tour where he went on to win a second career FedEx Cup following three victories during the season. 

With a requirement on being a European Tour member in order to make the European Ryder Cup team, it will be interesting to see what decision the four-time major champion makes in terms of his membership in 2020.