Rory McIlroy labels Travelers Championship venue ‘obsolete’ after low-scoring week

Rory McIlroy (pictured) was 5 strokes behind winner Keegan Bradley at TPC River Highland – Getty Pictures/Stacy Revere

. Rory McIlroy labelled the PGA Tour course in Connecticut as “out of date” and claimed that the low scoring on the Vacationers Championship has solely strengthened the argument of why the governing our bodies are proper of their plan to place a brake on the absurd distances the professionals are launching the ball.

McIlroy completed in a tie for seventh on 18 underneath after a final-round 64 at TPC River Highlands and though he was happy along with his type earlier than he heads over to England for subsequent month’s Open, there was nonetheless a word of dissatisfaction due to the most recent PGA Tour birdie-fest that featured Keegan Bradley profitable on 23 underneath par.

“I don’t notably like when a match is like this,” McIlroy stated, after a spherical that includes seven birdies and a bogey.

“Sadly expertise has handed this course by, proper? It kind of has made it out of date, particularly as tender because it has been with a bit little bit of rain that we had. So, once more, just like the conversations going again to, you understand, limiting the golf ball and stuff like that, after we come to programs like this they don’t current the problem that they used to.”

McIlroy is likely one of the few large names who has supported the plans of the R&A and US Golf Affiliation to place restrictions on the ball. The laws are as a consequence of be launched firstly of 2025 and would see the typical driving distances for giant hitter similar to McIlroy be decreased by as much as 15 yards.

McIlroy shouldn’t be a fan of the “tricking up” of programs to fight the big-hitters. “You’ll be able to develop the tough up and hope you get some agency situations so it will get difficult,” he stated. “I feel the blueprint for a very good golf course isn’t rising the tough up and making the fairways tight. That bunches everybody collectively. If you get tender situations like this and also you’ve received the very best gamers, that is what’s going to occur.”

McIlroy accepts that his opinion shouldn’t be the prevalent view within the locker room. “I do know that’s a very unpopular opinion amongst my friends, however I feel it’s going to assist determine who the very best gamers are a bit simpler,” he stated when the proposals had been introduced this yr.

“Particularly on this period of parity. Some have stated, ‘Golf has been dumbed down on the elite degree’, and I utterly agree. I feel you’re going to see folks with extra well-rounded video games succeed simpler than what the sport has develop into, which is a bit ‘bomb and gouge’ over these previous couple of years.”

The cheque for greater than £500,000 confirmed that McIlroy had leapfrogged Dustin Johnson into third on all-time PGA Tour earnings, having banked greater than $75million. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson can be tough to catch as Nos 1 and a pair of respectively, however McIlroy is simply 34 and with prize funds exploding as a result of inflow of Saudi Arabian cash, he has the chance to cross each.

Nevertheless, McIlroy’s focus is only mounted on the subsequent main. “I’ve two weeks off after which to Scotland and I’ll be prepared for the Open,” he stated.

Leona Maguire misses out

On the Girls’s PGA, the second feminine main of the season, McIlroy’s countrywoman Leona Maguire faltered in her try and make historical past as the primary Irish feminine to win a significant after having the in a single day benefit, when capturing a three-over 74 at Baltusrol, New Jersey.

The 28-year-old held a one-shot lead going into the ultimate spherical however tumbled by way of the sector to complete in eleventh on 4 underneath. Because it turned out, Stephanie Meadow claimed prime Irish honours, with a 70 that gave her third place, two behind winner Ruoning Yin, and improved the Ulsterwoman’s hopes of constructing the Europe Solheim Cup workforce for the match towards america in Spain in September.

Yin, 20, placed on a ball-striking clinic, hitting each inexperienced in regulation for a four-under closing spherical of 67 to develop into simply the second Chinese language main winner, following Shanshan Feng’s victory on the Girls’s PGA in 2012.

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