'The right decision': McIlroy supports Brady ruling

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Rory McIlroy and Tom Brady in March prior to a practice round at Augusta National. (@McIlroyRory)

NORTON, Mass. – Tom Brady’s shadow descended over TPC Boston on Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

News that the Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension was lifted broke in the middle of Jordan Spieth’s news conference. It’s all the buzz in New England, including on the range at this week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs’ event.

Even world No. 1 Rory McIlroy had a strong opinion about it. McIlroy played a round of golf with Brady at Augusta National in March. They also got to know each other working out together in the weight room at the club.

“I think it was the right decision,” McIlroy said. “Sort of hard to bring that stuff up, because it's such a sensitive subject. I'm very happy for him, obviously. He obviously felt like he didn't do anything wrong. There was no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong, so it's great.”

McIlroy is also hearing how happy it’s making New England fans.

“It's great for the area,” he said. “It's great for him. It's great for the team. So, hopefully, everyone can put it behind them and move on. I'll definitely send him a text.”

Like Brady, Jordan Spieth has an endorsement deal with Under Armour. Spieth, who is a diehard Cowboys’ fan, was asked if he would have preferred his Cowboys play the Patriots without Brady in the game scheduled Oct. 11 in Dallas.

“You always want to beat the best when they're playing their best,” Spieth said. “I think that the Cowboys are fully capable beating the Patriots.”