Rory McIlroy's form has been mixed in recent weeks.
After his disastrous performance at The Masters, he took some time away from the spotlight in order to get his game back on track. Since his return, he has mixed some moments of brilliance with inconsistent spells of play.
That includes at the Memorial Tournament this week, where he put together a brilliant second round yesterday to put himself in contention heading into the weekend.
McIlroy is clearly fine-tuning his game at the moment, saying yesterday that this was something he had not been able to do at the turn of the year.
I think these things were creeping in at the end of 2022 probably. We have all been advocating for an off-season.
It's very hard to play your best golf when you're thinking about your golf swing. That off-season time would be nice to work on your mechanics and fundamentals so you've got those bedded in and you can roll when going into the bulk of the season.
I didn't really feel like I had the necessary time to do that. You want to take some time off during the holidays, get yourself back into it.
I know it's been creeping in, but my reluctancy to work on it was more to do with how much golf we had coming up and not really wanting to be thinking about my golf swing a tonne.
These comments have now resulted in a needless dig from one of McIlroy's biggest critics.
Phil Mickelson takes cheap shot at Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has been outspoken on the threat posed by LIV Golf over the last year or so. In saying that, he has recently said that it is an issue he will be stepping back from moving forward.
Despite this, Phil Mickelson used these comments to take a cheap shot at the Down native.
As worn out as Mclroy was after the Masters and his need for an off season, LIV would be perfect for him. Problem is I don’t think there’s a team that wants him on it because they’d have to deal with all his bs.
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 3, 2023
As worn out as Mclroy was after the Masters and his need for an off season, LIV would be perfect for him.
Problem is I don’t think there’s a team that wants him on it because they’d have to deal with all his BS.
Mickelson is referencing the LIV Golf schedule here, which sees players feature in far less tournaments. It is something that many used to justify their move to the Saudi-backed venture.
This pair have exchanged words in the public forum on quite a few occasions over the last year or so. McIlroy responded to the American's bizarre comments on the direction of professional golf back in October, while Mickelson would take a shot at the 34-year old's participation in the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year.
You'd imagine their war of words is likely to continue for some time yet.