So Rory McIlroy and Brandel Chamblee don’t get along 100 percent of the time, if you judge by social media.
The World No. 2 had a cheeky response last February after Chamblee, a Golf Channel commentator, said McIlroy should be “wary” of working out like Tiger Woods did.
Last month, the back-and-forth happened again as McIlroy and Chamblee argued about whether hitting up or down on the driver is more effective in the modern age.
But on the most recent No Laying Up podcast, McIlroy explained that he does have a great deal of respect for Chamblee.
“I agree with a lot of stuff that he says,” McIlroy told No Laying Up’s Chris Solomon. “I think he’s very knowledgeable on the golf swing and I think he does talk a lot of sense.”
But McIlroy, 27, also noted that with the large platform Chamblee holds, there’s a responsibility not to espouse misguided beliefs. So when the four-time major champions thinks Chamblee (or any popular figure in golf) may be leading fans down the wrong path, he’s not going to let it slide.
“If I see someone that makes a comment about something that they’re maybe not quite as up on as some other things … You have a platform where you can reach a lot of people, and sometimes if what you’re telling them is misguided or not quite correct, you don’t know where that information can flow to,” McIlroy said. “So sometimes I just try to not right wrongs, but at least give a factual side to the story. … I just like to be objective at times, and just try to set the story straight, I guess.”