Rory McIlroy slams Brooks Koepka over his Dustin Johnson comment

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

Double defending champion Brooks Koepka aside, no one within two strokes of Johnson at the start of the day had won a major so when he kicked off with a birdie at the first, it looked like it might finally be his day.

Paul Casey (68), still searching for his maiden Major after two decades as a pro and 15 years after joining the PGA Tour, is tied fourth with Koepka (69).

McIlroy is known for his raw honesty but most of that revolves around his own game. Koepka, on the other hand, has a touch of the alpha dog about him.

Looking ahead to that final round of the PGA, the American put the leading pack on notice.

"It's different, right, it's a very different mentality to bring to golf that I don't think a lot of golfers have", McIlroy said during his post-round news conference.

Sunday's final round was expected by many to be a showdown between third-round leader Johnson and Koepka. "When I've been in this position before, I've capitalized". I'm playing good. I don't know, we'll see.

As it transpired, Johnson came up short again.

In the first major without spectators, Morikawa finished with a bang.

McIlroy's last point is perhaps his best.

Well, McIlroy didn't like what he perceived to be a shot at an accomplished player like Johnson, and made his feelings known.

Asked about it Sunday following a final-round 68, McIlroy said he was not impressed.

McIlroy said: "I'm happy just to be out on the golf course".

"If he's trying to play mind games, he's trying to do it to the wrong person". I haven't really deviated much from par the last few weeks. Everyone is a great player.

Li Haotong (73), the first Chinese player to lead after any round at a major, still had the lead through 12 holes but then his tee shot on 13th got stuck in the trees and he ended with a double.

"I feel like the golf that I've played in the majors has been sort of similar to the golf I've played outside of them, and I've won some big events and played well and had a good season last season".

"[It's] hard to knock a guy that's got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has".

That comment did not sit well with McIlroy, and the Northern Irishman leaped to the defence of 21-time PGA Tour victor and former World No.1 Johnson.

"I've been out here for what, five years?"

A three-time victor on the PGA Tour, Morikawa was proud to be alongside the greats.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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