McIlroy: Criticism of gym routine is 'most unfair'

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When Rory McIlroy's golf is clicking, there's not much to criticize. But his gym routine has proven to be another story.

McIlroy has defended his work in the gym from critics in the past, and he took it a step further upon his return to the winner's circle at the Deutsche Bank.

The four-time major champ called criticism of his workouts from those who are uneducated on the subject a "pet peeve" and "most unfair."

Here's his statement in full:

I don't know if any criticism is unfair. I think when people make judgements or criticisms without being educated on the subject that they're criticizing, I think that's like for me getting in the gym, for example, that's my pet peeve. Someone that says to me you're in the gym too much. The reason I play at such a high level and hopefully will continue to play at a high level for the next 10. 15 years is because of the work I do in the gym. If I wasn't in the gym, I wouldn't be sitting here today. It's a big part of who I am, it's a big part of my success. That's always I feel an unfair criticism.

But with my game, the critics and the analysts and everyone that are out there, they're educated about golf, so they for the most part know what they're talking about. A criticism of my golf game, I take it, and I know what I need to work on and sometimes those people point out the obvious but, yeah, I would say that's the most unfair criticism I receive, is what I do at the gym.