Rory McIlroy apologizes for bending club at Merion
"It definitely wasn’t the right thing to do,” McIlroy said when asked about his tantrums in his final-round 76.
“Of course, everybody is going to get frustrated by a bad shot and I’m no different.
"But it doesn’t set a good example.
There’s other ways to show disappointment and I wouldn’t recommend any kids to start throwing their clubs or bending their nine-irons.”
McIlroy is back in his home country for the Irish Open this week, while the PGA Tour is at Congressional, site of his U.S. Open win in 2011. According to the Telegraph, McIlroy said he's hoping to turn the corner at this week's tournament the way he did last summer, when he won the PGA Championship and two FedEx Cup events in the second half of the season.
“I think my game is a lot closer this year than it was at the Irish Open at Portrush last year,” McIlroy said.
“I sort of turned it around a bit with a top-10 up there and that gave me confidence.
"I keep saying that’s it’s not far away, but it isn’t.
"Yes, I do feel I can catch a wave going into the summer like I did 12 months ago.”
Photo: Rory McIlroy speaks to the media at the Irish Open (Getty Images).