Rory McIlroy’s former agent: Rory doesn't listen to anybody, don't blame the caddie

Immediately after the US Open, criticism began, with fingers pointing squarely at the main culprit for Rory's failure.

by Sead Dedovic
Rory McIlroy’s former agent: Rory doesn't listen to anybody, don't blame the caddie
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Although several days have passed since Rory McIlroy failed to achieve his goal at the US Open, the Northern Irishman remains a topic among golf fans and the media. Many eagerly awaited the conclusion of the final round, hoping that Rory could lift the trophy after ten years, but unfortunately, McIlroy didn't succeed. Bryson DeChambeau demonstrated focus, seized his opportunity, and achieved a victory. 

The 35-year-old golfer missed short putts on the 16th and 18th holes, which ultimately cost him the win. 

Immediately after the US Open, criticism began, with fingers pointing squarely at the main culprit for Rory's failure. 

Some believe that his caddie, Harry Diamond, should have approached things differently. 

However, longtime golf figures, such as Rory's former manager, Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, argue that the caddie cannot be blamed in this story. Chandler, speaking to the media, emphasized that criticizing the caddie is unnecessary, given that Rory McIlroy is a golfer who often doesn't listen to anybody. Chandler is someone who knows McIlroy very well, and his words carry weight.

“You can’t blame the caddie because [McIlroy] doesn’t listen to anybody. Everybody blaming the caddie does not know what they are talking about.“- Chandler said, as quoted by MIRROR.

Rory McIlroy is a golfer who often sticks to his own beliefs and ideas, sometimes disregarding others' opinions. Chandler emphasizes that Rory is someone who does what he envisions, regardless of attempts to sway him or offer different perspectives. The former agent of McIlroy stresses that his caddie couldn't have done anything special in the whole story. Rory McIlroy had to stay focused when he needed to and try to calm himself. However, we cannot blame the Northern Irishman, considering the huge pressure and the heavy burden he carried. Rory tried to stop his Major drought but he didn't succeed.

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“Rory does what Rory wants to do. In life, full stop. So for everyone to say ‘it was the caddie’s fault’, what is the caddie going to do, have a row with him on the 18th tee? If he has hit three-wood on the other three days, he probably doesn’t understand why he is going with driver. But if he butts in and [McIlroy] goes on and makes a bogey, it is his fault.”- Chandler said.

Although some believe that Chandler may have intended to criticize Rory McIlroy when he talked about him not listening to others, his next sentences show something else. Rory's former agent emphasizes that Rory is definitely the boss, and he sees nothing wrong with that. Diamond and Rory have been together for seven years now, and during that time, they have achieved massive success in the golf scene. Chandler believes that the two of them have done a fantastic job since they joined forces.

Chubby Chandler on Rory McIlroy's stance toward LIV Golf

Chandler is someone who often comments on Rory McIlroy's moves, especially since journalists seek his opinion, given his long association with McIlroy. In February of this year, Chandler commented on Rory McIlroy and his decision to soften his stance on LIV Golf. This immediately sparked speculation that the 35-year-old might join the Saudi-backed tour. Chandler also shared that stance, but it turned out to be incorrect, at least based on developments from February until now. Chubby then highlighted that he felt Rory softened his stance because he wanted to be part of LIV Golf.

“It looks a bit like that doesn’t it,” Chandler said.

“I'm not speaking from any knowledge or heard anything, but if you were looking at it from the outside he has done such a turn that you would think he is pfaving the way for it not to be too bad for him if he signs with LIV.”

Chandler was never happy about Rory McIlroy being the main advocate for the PGA Tour during the conflict with LIV Golf, as it had an impact on McIlroy's game and performances on the PGA Tour. Chandler stressed that the Northern Irishman was probably frustrated by the same events week after week, and by the questions from journalists that followed before each tournament appearance. However, Rory McIlroy is who he is, and his passion and desire for golf are stronger than anything else.

“It was terrible for him,” he said. 

“He must have dreaded going into press conferences, to go through the diatribe he did. I firmly believe he was trying to do the right thing for the PGA Tour but why did he manage to put himself on the pedestal he did, and to allow that to happen?

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