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'I'm a golfer, not a body builder' - McIlroy hits back at criticism over weights programme

The Northern Irishman wasn’t pleased with one journalist’s comments.

McIlroy has always put huge emphasis on his gym work.
McIlroy has always put huge emphasis on his gym work.
Image: Rory McIlroy/Twitter

RORY MCILROY HAS offered a staunch defence of his gym programme after a golf journalist claimed the former world number one’s weight training will lead to injury.

The four-time Major winner earlier took to social media to hit back at criticism leveled at him by Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

Chamblee claimed McIlroy is in danger of hurting himself in the long-term and even drew comparisons with the physical decline of Tiger Woods.

“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure 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,” he said.

“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.”

His comments caught the attention of McIlroy and the Northern Irishman wasn’t afraid to put the journalist back in his box by posting a video of himself squatting in the gym.

Tweet by @Rory Mcilroy Source: Rory Mcilroy/Twitter

He then followed it up with this Tweet:

Gary Player also had his say:

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