Fans on social media are accusing Rory McIlroy and the PGA Tour of conspiring to hand the controversial star the FedEx Cup title. The infraction in question occurred on the 18th hole when McIlroy air mailed his second shot into the stands, and saw his ball come to a stop alongside the temporary grandstand structure.
According to the rules, a player is allowed a drop if his swing is impeded, yet many fans are saying his swing was not impeded or McIlroy at least didn’t prove it was.
“Rory barely even took a halfa** attempt to see if his swing was impeded,” said one commenter on IG.
“That was a bad drop. He could play that shot,” another chimed in.
“You’d think the tour would at least make him swing to see if it was impeded. They just took his word for it,” said another comment.
“Be sure to watch the angle he was swinging too. He was at about a 45 degrees – not swinging straight back – which makes him almost need no space,” wrote a smart commenter.
Ok so how do you give relief from a TIO without changing the angle?
— Ashley Weller 💙 (@Ashwellergolf) August 28, 2022
“Nice flying it into the grand stands and getting four drops. Then, a place it in the easiest possible position. The tours good ol’ golden boy!,” said another.
“Total bag job. His swing was not impeded. And then four drops to basically tee it up,” added another comment.
“Fishy drop on 18……..don’t believe it, watch it,” another commented.
Rory took an illegal drop on 18
— Monty Griffin (@MontyJGriffin) August 29, 2022
Why did he get a drop on 18? Plenty of room to play his shot.
— Phil Marshall (@prmpar70) August 29, 2022
Fun stuff. Duck hook it into the bleachers and get a free drop. Good stuff pga
— FTWC (@TstateFtwc) August 28, 2022
Tour acting like the war is somehow over because Rory gets free drop his way to victory. Will be interesting when everyone is playing at majors and who is getting eyeballs on their regular events.
— sabrecav (@sabrecav) August 29, 2022
— 🇺🇸 (@DrewScottsdale1) August 28, 2022
Know McIlroy plays fast but that was **really really fast** between the drop and hitting that chip.
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) August 28, 2022
Really really fast decision to get relief with no video showing the stance and clearly the grandstand not in the way.
— 4JJGrill (@4JJGr) August 28, 2022
McIlroy hits the stands with his 2nd shot, Officals are going to give him relief. They'll probably let him drop it 2feet from hole. Typical Rory ball in hand
— michael harris (@michael42388118) August 28, 2022
Much as I like Rory McIlroy… that drop on the 18th was iffy as …. 🤔
— Richard Rooney (@C_RRooney) August 28, 2022
The measures to determine the nearest point of relief by McIlroy on the 72nd hole seemed to be hurried and in error.
McIlroy's intended swing on his third shot would not have been impeded…
— LostRaceOfMars (@qed57) August 28, 2022
That drop on 18 was shitty
— JD1962 (@DavisJd1962) August 28, 2022
Genius move by @McIlroyRory on the 18th hole drop – dropped as close as he could to the tee mark so the ball would roll outside of the relief area making it possible for him to place the ball after his second drop 👏🏼Using the rules to his advantage @PGATOUR
— Sports Breaking News🚨 (@SportsBNews) August 28, 2022
Super sketch drop on 18. Swing really impeded? Drop closer to the hole?
— Dave Hardin (@08ZRoadster) August 29, 2022
Free drop on 18th hole was B.S.
— cory tow (@besthandsnstate) August 28, 2022
Congrats Rory but I think your drop on 18 was not fair because you couldn’t see your ball in the rough and after the drop you were sitting on top of the grass your ball should have been under the grass as your ball was
— Denny Yoho (@YohoDenny) August 28, 2022
Rules should change
There shouldnt be grandstands next to greens
Why should pros be given an advantage when they hit awful shots? ON THE 18th HOLE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!
I love Rory but thats so dumb
His shot woulda gone 25 yards left of the green if giant grandstand wasnt there
— A. Rochis (@usernamewifi) August 28, 2022
You call that great golf?? Scottie had a ridiculous year but out right choked +3. Rory hit 2 balls on 16 &18 that would have been OB if not for fans and stands! And oh yes great relief from the ball he hit the bleachers with on 18 that was not great golf.
— Sal Van Casteren (@SVC3508) August 28, 2022
So long at there are fans, pins, and grand stands to stop his ball, he’s 💰
— birdies (@birdieman78) August 28, 2022
Oddly, I’ve been unable to find a single video of the shot, ruling and drop.
Here’s a PGA Tour-produced video of Rory’s final-round highlights, and watch how they completely chop out the drops and placement on 18. Unreal.