Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rory McIlroy loses mind, snaps club at British Open


It’s been a rough go for Rory McIlroy at the British Open. Always one of the favorites coming in, McIlroy wasn’t able to get anything going all week. Saturday began ugly in a hurry, with McIlroy bogeying three of the first five holes.

By the 16th, he’d had enough. After an ugly approach shot, he slammed his three-wood to the unforgiving Scottish turf. The club didn’t survive.

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It’s not the first time McIlroy has lost his temper on the course; he slung a club into the water at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral last year, and he almost got himself DQ’ed from his first Masters by kicking at the sand while his ball was still in a bunker. But all that, we can understand. It’s not that we have a problem with players slinging and smashing clubs. Our only question, especially on insanely frustrating courses like Royal Troon: why don’t they do it more often?

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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