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Rory McIlroy calls two-shot penalty 'stupid rule'

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09:55 AM ET 01.19 | If you're questioning why Rory McIlroy was penalized two shots for taking improper relief during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, you're not alone. McIlroy, who dropped from second place to a tie for fourth entering the final round, referred to the penalty as part of golf's "stupid rules." The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had hit his drive on the second hole onto a gallery crosswalk. He was given a free drop for relief, but when he played his shot he had one foot on the line marking the drop area. "I didn't even know my foot was on the line," said McIlroy, who was told of the violation by the caddy of playing partner Ricardo Gonzalez. "We went back to see it again there and see where my divot was, and it was clear that I couldn't have played the shot with my feet anywhere else. "I guess I was so much into the shot I didn't even realize .... There's a lot of stupid rules and this is one of them."

Los Angeles Times

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January 19, 2014  11:04 AM ET

Brilliant idea calling the game and its rules which have made you millions stupid!

January 19, 2014  07:06 PM ET

That 2 stroke penalty came back to bite him in the **** as he lost the tournament by only one.

January 19, 2014  07:08 PM ET
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That 2 stroke penalty came back to bite him in the a/s/s as he lost the tournament by only one.

Ha!

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January 20, 2014  12:03 PM ET

I am traumatized by this sudden new Golf thread. I think i will Boycott ;-)

January 20, 2014  12:04 PM ET
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I am traumatized by this sudden new Golf thread. I think i will Boycott ;-)

Maybe you'll change your mind in about another 40 days or so.

January 20, 2014  12:08 PM ET

BTW: Rory appears to be having some sort of a gastro-intestinal setback on the golf course. Either that or he took a sucker punch to the bread basket from his fiancee for that 2 stroke penalty he incurred.

January 20, 2014  12:12 PM ET

The part that pained Rory, and of course isn't mentioned here, is that the penalty was called by his playing partner's caddie after the 18th hole. Normally, the players (and caddies) try to look out for each other to avoid these penalties. To wait until the end of the round was a **** move by the caddie.

January 20, 2014  01:33 PM ET
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The part that pained Rory, and of course isn't mentioned here, is that the penalty was called by his playing partner's caddie after the 18th hole. Normally, the players (and caddies) try to look out for each other to avoid these penalties. To wait until the end of the round was a **** move by the caddie.

A caddy should be concerned with his player only.

January 20, 2014  03:45 PM ET
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A caddy should be concerned with his player only.

Unless your Stevie , then the Caddy must make sure he is getting at least half the praise for the Golfers success

January 22, 2014  10:48 AM ET
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I am traumatized by this sudden new Golf thread. I think i will Boycott ;-)

As was I sir, I think I shall return to comment when this thread has sprouted mold...

January 22, 2014  11:27 AM ET

I can kinda see Raggedy Andy's point.

Arcane rules.

January 22, 2014  02:30 PM ET
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As was I sir, I think I shall return to comment when this thread has sprouted mold...

LOL , nice , sprouted mold and trolled at least 30 times with spam.

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