No. 1 McIlroy balks at ‘cut throat’ label


CHARLOTTE: World No.1 Rory McIlroy isn’t afraid to attack a golf course, but he’s not sure he’s part of a “cut throat” generation described by fellow 20-something Patrick Reed.

US 24-year-old Reed, a four-time winner on the US PGA Tour, will play alongside 26-year-old McIlroy when the Wells Fargo Championship tees off at Quail Hollow on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

Reed believes it is a “cut throat” approach to the game that has seen young players like himself, McIlroy, Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day dominate the game.

“I don’t know if I agree with Patrick that we’re all ‘cut throat’ and I would simply say that we’re all not afraid to go out there and win,” McIlroy said on the eve of the $7 million tournament.

“I would agree that the last few years we have all started playing a lot more aggressively than the guys in the past used to, and I feel like it’s a lot more drivers and the younger players today are being more aggressive in their approach to the game and it’s resulting in more birdies and so on.”

McIlroy said that fearlessness showed in Fowler’s play-off triumph in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.

This week’s tournament is McIlroy’s third of five events in succession, a run that will also include next week’s European Tour PGA Championship and the following week’s Irish Open.

He said the return to Quail Hollow is always special, as he captured the first of what is now 10 PGA Tour titles here in 2010.



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