‘Leaking Oil’: Days After Thrashing Rory McIlroy, Team USA Rookie Belittles Allies With a Bold ‘Mentally Fatigued’ Statement

Published 09/27/2023, 10:32 AM EDT

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The Ryder Cup competitors gear up for the final showdown. Mind games have begun as some golfers are making outrageous attempts to criticize their opponents. Even on that list, Rory McIlroy acquires the highest seat. A few days ago, one of the most eminent players on Zach Johnson’s team publicly challenged McIlroy, confident he would beat the Northern Irishman.   

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The PGA Tour pro once has again passed a cut-throat comment on the European squad, underestimating them not a little. Let’s dive into the story to learn more!

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Wyndham Clark had quite the season this year on the PGA Tour. He garnered eight top-ten finishes in total. Also, had a major win at the US Open with a score of 10-under 270. Hence, his overall performance was good enough to make it to the squad without relying on the captain’s discretion. 

A lot of players from Team Europe participated in the September 14-17 BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club – West Course. Wyndham Clark gets his ideas from that event.

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 In an interview, the one-time major winner said, “…I also think they might be maybe a little mentally fatigued as this week goes on. This is obviously a very intense environment and mentally challenging, and then also you put in a pretty physically demanding golf course being so hilly and up and down that maybe come Sunday they might be leaking oil and we’ll be fresh.”

 This is not the first time two-time PGA Tour winner Wyndham Clark has expressed a cutthroat opinion; he did the same once with Rory McIlroy. 

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Team USA frontman targets surpassing Rory McIlroy in the finale

Days before the coveted event, Wyndham Clark was excited with the idea of beating Rory McIlroy in the Ryder Cup. In an interview, he expressed his admiration for the five-time major winner but also revealed his wish to beat the Northern Irishman in singles. 

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He said, “I have tons of respect for Rory, and because of that respect, I also want to beat him. I like to think I am better than him, and I want to prove that”. He continued, “Long-ball hitters. We have similar games in that respect…It would be a little bit of David and Goliath.” Only time will tell whether Clark outshines McIlroy. What is your opinion on Wyndham Clark’s comments? Let us know below. 

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Suchita is a golf writer for EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent ‘ES Draft’ round for her in-depth coverage and knowledge of the sport. Even as a budding writer, she has captivated readers through her ability to bring the sport to life through her articles, especially when it comes to golf's latest hot topic, the merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. Suchita draws her inspiration from one of the legends in women’s golf, Annika Sorrenstam.
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