Rory McIlroy had a lot to say on Tuesday at Royal Troon, and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said that because of some of the controversial comments he made, the World No. 4 will “regret that moment more than any other moment in the history of his career.”
When asked if he had regrets after announcing he will skip the Olympics a few weeks ago, McIlroy didn’t bite. He said he got into golf to win championships — not to grow the game.
“I’m very happy with the decision that I’ve made and I have no regrets about it,” he said. “I’ll probably watch the Olympics, but I’m not sure golf will be one of the events I watch.”
When asked what he would watch instead of golf, McIlroy said something that became the Tuesday talker of the Open.
“Probably the events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters,” he said.
Some didn’t appreciate McIlroy’s candor regarding the Games, especially the “stuff that matters” comment. Golf Channel’s Live From the Open crew dissected McIlroy’s interview afterward, and Chamblee let loose.
“I think he’ll regret those words for the rest of his life,” Chamblee said. “I think it’s likely that at the end of his career he’ll regret that moment more than any other moment in the history of his career. In effect saying golf doesn’t matter in the Olympics is an insult to everybody that goes and plays in the Olympics. It’s an insult to everybody that’s worked tirelessly since 2009 to try to make golf better by its inclusion in the Olympics.”
You can watch the entire three-minute reaction below.
McIlroy won the 2014 British Open but missed last year’s with an ankle injury. He tees off at 4:36 a.m. EST Thursday with Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson.