Rory McIlroy Strongly Opposes the Idea of Golf Turning Into a Sport Like Formula One: ‘That Can Never Happen in Golf. The Story Shouldn’t Be More Important Than the Actual Result’

Published 12/27/2021, 12:03 PM EST
Oct 17, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Rory McIlroy celebrates after winning the CJ Cup golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


The last year or so has been strenuous as a golfer for Rory Mcllroy. He lost his way a bit after the pandemic break, trying to emulate Bryson DeChambeau. But he is slowly getting back in his original form. McIlroy won the CJ Cup last month and a decent outing at Dubai in DP World Tour Championship. 

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Rory is also one of the most admired golfers who has an incredible temperament. He is also one of the few players who follows almost every other sport like F1, NFL, NBA, Soccer, Cricket, and others. McIlroy is also the head of the PGA Tour’s player advisory council and is the first international player to be in this position. 

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Rory Mcllroy isn’t in a hurry to turn golf into Formula One

Rory Mcllroy recently appeared on the No Laying Up podcast. And the host asked him he wasn’t in a hurry to turn golf into Formula One. McIlroy, with no hesitation, replied, “Not after what happened last week.” He referred to the controversial victory of Max Verstappen against Lewis Hamilton.

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However, Rory believes Netflix doing a documentary like the F1 Drive to Survive is a beneficial thing for golfers. But Rory isn’t a huge fan of going the Formula One way, especially after seeing what happened last week. 

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy gives a fist bump after securing his third Wells Fargo championship during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

“I think what happened last Sunday in Formula One is that narrative was more important than the result. And that can never happen in golf. The story shouldn’t be more important than the actual result. And I think that’s where it got a little clouded last week.”

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However, the four-time major championship winner did not reveal his opinion on the outcome of the race. He just said the above words and said that this can never happen in golf. Hence, this is the reason the fan-favorite Rory Mcllroy isn’t in a hurry to turn golf into Formula One.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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