Rory’s weighty reply to Brandel’s criticism
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

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Golfers are athletes, right? Athletes train and exercise to maximize their performance level, right? Well, golf is pretty much the only sport where you can get slammed for working out too much.

In an NBC Sports conference call previewing the upcoming Florida swing, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee voiced his concerns that McIlroy could follow Tiger Woods’ harmful path of injuries if he continues his “extensive weightlifting.” 

“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure,” Chamblee said, “and I don’t know the full extent of what he’s doing, but when I see the things he’s doing in the gym, I think of what happened to Tiger Woods. And I think more than anything of what Tiger Woods did early in his career with his game was just an example of how good a human being can be, what he did towards the middle and end of his career is an example to be wary of. That’s just my opinion. And it does give me a little concern when I see the extensive weightlifting that Rory is doing in the gym.”

He added: “Thus far, there’s been no signs that it’s adversely affected his game.”

Well, McIlroy saw the link to the story on Twitter and had the perfect response, posting a video of him squatting a crap-load of weight. Brilliant.

Bravo, Rory. He also added some more detail:

Rory: 1, Brandel: 0.  You’re up, Brandel, but it’s going to be tough to beat that counter from Rory. I’m sure Brandel is having a good laugh and appreciates Rory’s clever response. After all, he is entitled to his own opinion; just as Rory is to disagree with it. 

On a totally different topic, Rory’s been on fire via social media. The PGA Tour is celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Happy Gilmore” (FML, I feel so old!), and they’ve been asking players to recite their favorite lines.