Rory McIlroy quits pro-am at The Memorial for ‘personal reasons” after withdrawing from media as spotlight shines on athletes’ relationship with media days after Naomi Osaka quit French Open
- Rory McIlroy has reportedly pulled out of The Memorial pro-am. from Wednesday
- Northern Irishman withdrew from media duties, the PGA confirmed
- According to reports, McIlroy has withdrawn from the pro-am for ‘personal reasons’
- This development comes days after Naomi Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros
Rory McIlroy has reportedly pulled out of Wednesday’s pro-am after canceling his press conference ahead of The Memorial in Muirfield Village.
The PGA confirmed that McIlroy would not honor his media obligations, although the organization had not provided a reason for the 32-year-old’s absence.
And according to Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel, “personal reasons” have led him to withdraw from the pro-am in Dublin.
Rory McIlroy has reportedly pulled out of pro-am for The Memorial in Muirfield Village
This development comes just 48 hours after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open after initially being fined for refusing to attend her pre-tournament press conference, before organizers threatened to disqualify her altogether.
The Japanese superstar later explained that she would be leaving the Roland Garros tournament to take the time to deal with mental health issues.
The finer details of McIlroy’s reasoning remain unclear, while it is not yet known whether the Northern Irishman will participate in The Memorial as he tries to respond to his poor performance at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy cleared the top 50 just a fortnight after winning Quail Hollow – his first win in 18 months.
The Northern Irishman withdrew from the media ahead of the event, the PGA announced
He has reportedly retired for ‘personal reasons’ and endured a bad PGA championship
Osaka has garnered much support from the sports world after she revealed her mental health concerns in a powerful social media post Monday afternoon.
She said: “I think it is now best for the tournament, the other players and my well-being that I withdraw so that everyone can focus on tennis in Paris again.
“I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer. More importantly, I would never downplay mental health or use the term lightly.
The latest development comes days after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open
The World No 2 cited mental health reasons after she refused to attend press conferences
“The truth is that since the US Open in 2018 I’ve had long bouts of depression and I’ve had a really hard time with that. Anyone who knows me knows I’m an introvert, and anyone who’s seen me at the tournaments will notice that I often wear headphones, as it helps reduce my social anxiety.
“While the tennis press has always been nice to me (and I especially want to apologize to any cool journalists I may have offended), I’m not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before speaking to the global media.
“So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious, so I thought it was better to take care of myself and skip the press conferences. I announced it pre-emptively because I feel the rules are quite outdated in some areas and I wanted to emphasize that.
“I’m going to take some time off the pitch now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the tour to discuss how we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”