Rory McIlroy, the four-time major championship winner, has been the target of criticism by his former manager, Chubby Chandler, who accused him of being too focused on winning the grand slam and placing too much pressure on himself, leading to poor performance in the Masters. According to Chandler, McIlroy’s stint as a “mouthpiece” for the PGA Tour has also played a role in his recent struggles.
The pressure to win the grand slam has become a mental block for McIlroy, who Chandler claims is not motivated by the number of wins or majors, but rather by wanting to achieve the grand slam. This, coupled with the pressure from the public and himself, has made it increasingly harder for McIlroy to deliver.
In addition, Chandler points out that McIlroy’s recent actions on the PGA Tour may be problematic. The interview on the fairway during the Masters was described as “brilliant TV” but not good for McIlroy, and Chandler believes that McIlroy is opening his mouth too often and making comments that he shouldn’t be making.
Chandler’s criticism of McIlroy’s performance comes on the heels of reports that McIlroy may have to forfeit $3 million of his $12 million in Player Impact Program (PIP) earnings after withdrawing from a designated event for the second time this season.
In conclusion, McIlroy’s former manager, Chubby Chandler, blames McIlroy’s disappointing Masters performance on his self-imposed pressure, his recent behavior as a “mouthpiece” for the PGA Tour, and his mental block, which makes winning the grand slam a bigger thing in his head than it actually is. While criticism can be a motivator for some, McIlroy will need to find the right balance to ensure he continues to perform well in the upcoming tournaments.