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On Tuesday, Rory McIlroy appeared before the media for the first time since his heartbreaking US Open defeat last month.

Rory made some significant mistakes on the last few holes at Pinehurst No. 2, including choosing to hit a seven-iron on the 15th hole, which many agreed was too much club. Both Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, and former pro Smylie Kaufman, a Golf Channel analyst, criticized Rory’s caddie, Harry Diamond, for not intervening.

Haney shared the criticism on his X account on June 18.

“I will say this, if Steve Williams had been Rory’s caddy, I can guarantee you he would never have hit a perfect 7-iron shot on 15 that rolled over the green and landed horribly; instead he would have hit an 8-iron shot that sent the ball into the air and held the green.”

“Wrong club, wrong swing, bad plan.”

Smylie Kaufman, who appeared on Golf’s Subpar podcast, also said she believes Diamond should have done more to help Rory.

“I felt like Harry Diamond really needed to step in on the 15th hole.”

“He didn’t have the right club. And I felt like Rory could have taken the championship if he hit it to the middle of the green on 15. And he hit it well. But it was just the wrong club.

“And it was never, never a 7-iron for Rory. Especially with the right flag. If the wind was blowing from the right, it wasn’t exactly the flag, the wind conditions and the temperature where you had to hit this soft, spinning, pale 7-iron on the hula hoop. It was an 8-iron all day long, I hit it to the middle of the green.”

On Tuesday, McIlroy defended his carry at his Scottish Open pre-tournament press conference.

“Just because Harry doesn’t speak or speak as loudly as other carriers doesn’t mean he doesn’t say anything or do anything,” the Northern Irishman said.

“These guys who criticize me when things don’t go my way, never say anything good when things go my way.

“Where were they when I won Dubai the year before, at Quail Hollow, the two FedEx Cups I won with Harry, the two Ryder Cups or whatever? When I win, they’re never there to tell me Harry did a great job, but when we don’t win, they’re always there to criticize.

“At the end of the day, they’re not there. They’re not in the arena. They’re not the ones calling the shots and making the decisions.”

McIlroy added:

“Someone once told me, if you never take advice from these people, you never take criticism. I certainly wouldn’t go to Hank Haney for advice. I like Smylie, but I think I know what I’m doing, and so does Harry.”

McIlroy will take to the court at the Renaissance Club this week with the Scottish Open title in his possession.

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