Tiger Woods' former coach Hank Haney has defended Rory McIlroy after he was accused of taking illegal drops in 2023.
@LIVGolfNation put McIlroy, 34, under the spotlight and accused the Ulsterman of taking an illegal drop on the DP World Tour on his way to defeating his arch rival Patrick Reed at the Dubai Desert Classic in January.
You'll remember this the time where Reed flicked a 4 Aces-branded LIV Golf tee in McIlroy's direction as the Northern Irishman deliberately blanked his former Ryder Cup nemesis on the driving range.
And the account has also accused McIlroy of taking an 'illegal drop' during the recent US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
McIlroy tasted major heartbreak once again after being edged out by Wyndham Clark. It was a case of déjà vu for McIlroy as, much like the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, he struck the ball supremely well off the tee and was decent with his irons but was left to rue a cold putter.
| Rory McIlroy says facing the media after the PGA Tour announced a deal with LIV Golf's Saudi backer was 'the most uncomfortable I've felt in the last 12 months'. pic.twitter.com/T3wZ8dnT7v— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 8, 2023
Of course, these are serious allegations and there were quite a few who took the time to respond.
Haney was one of those who took the time to offer his thoughts.
The coach worked with the big cat between 2004-2010, a period where Woods won six major championships and the coveted Players at TPC Sawgrass on the PGA Tour.
Rory didn’t take a drop, he was given a drop https://t.co/9ZjaCFUvbi— Hank Haney (@HankHaney) June 20, 2023
Another person also leaping to the defence of McIlroy was the brutally honest LIV Golf player Harold Varner III.
McIlroy is back in PGA Tour action at the Travelers Championship this week at TPC River Highlands.
We have already taken a look at the field and here are our picks for who we believe will do well as part of our GolfMagic Fantasy game in association with Callaway.
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