Rory McIlroy shows tough side on and off the course with ‘nasty’ emblazoned across his shoes 

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Rory McIlroy showed his tough side on and off the golf course during day one of The Open


Rory McIlroy shows tough side on and off the course at The Open with ‘nasty’ emblazoned across his shoes

  • Rory McIlroy began his Open tournament with a two-under par round of 69 
  • Sky analyst Butch Harmon claimed he looked like a robot while practicing putts 
  • McIlroy insists he is ‘on the opposite end of the spectrum’ to a mechanical player 

Jack Bezants for MailOnline

Rory McIlroy showed his tough side on and off the golf course during day one of The Open at Carnoustie.

McIlroy carded a two-under-par round of 69 to be well in the mix as he pursues his second Claret Jug and fifth major title.

He caught the eye on the course not just through his performance but also through his shoes, which had the word ‘nasty’ emblazoned across the sole.

Rory McIlroy showed his tough side on and off the golf course during day one of The Open

Rory McIlroy showed his tough side on and off the golf course during day one of The Open

McIlroy caught the eye with the word 'nasty' emblazoned across the sole of his shoe

McIlroy caught the eye with the word 'nasty' emblazoned across the sole of his shoe

McIlroy caught the eye with the word ‘nasty’ emblazoned across the sole of his shoe

And after signing his scorecard, McIlroy was quizzed about claims by respected coach and Sky analyst Butch Harmon, who had criticised his ‘robotic’ putting.

As encouraging as McIlroy’s opening round was, he passed up a couple of decent chances for birdie in his first round, leading Harmon to say: ‘He looks like a robot when I see him practise his putting.’

McIlroy replied: ‘I like Butch a lot but I would definitely say I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum to someone who’s mechanical.

‘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 does not know what I’m working on or what’s in my head.’

McIlroy hit back at analyst Butch Harmon (left) who labelled his putting technique 'robotic'

McIlroy hit back at analyst Butch Harmon (left) who labelled his putting technique 'robotic'

McIlroy hit back at analyst Butch Harmon (left) who labelled his putting technique ‘robotic’

McIlroy hit back at Harmon, saying he was on the opposite end of the spectrum to mechanical

McIlroy employed an aggressive strategy of using a driver on most holes but despite hitting only four fairways, vowed to continue his approach.

‘It’s true I didn’t see the fairways much but the rough is very playable for the most part,’ McIlroy said.

‘It wasn’t pretty from the tee, but I got it done. I’ll keep to the same strategy and hopefully hit a few more fairways.’ 

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