Rory McIlroy responded to criticism from Butch Harmon with a rebuke of Harmon’s comments and a 69 in the first round of the British Open. “It’s easy to make comments when you don’t know what’s happening. I haven’t spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn’t know what I’m working on in my swing. He doesn’t know what’s in my head,” McIlroy said. “Definitely, I would say I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that’s mechanical and someone that’s — you know, it’s easy to make comments when you don’t know what’s happening…it’s easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what’s happening, I just really don’t take any notice of it.”
McIlroy was responding to Harmon’s critique of his play as like a “robot.” “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf,” Harmon said on Sky Sports.
In March, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and lost steam in the last round of the Masters after a promising start.