US Ryder Cup star leaps to Rory McIlroy's defence after post-tournament show of frustration 2 weeks ago

US Ryder Cup star leaps to Rory McIlroy's defence after post-tournament show of frustration

"Say what you will but the dude is passionate."

Rory McIlroy's frustration boiled over on Sunday as he ripped his shirt in a fit of anger after the final round of the DP World Tour Championship.

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The Northern Irish golfer looked to be on course to win his third European Tour victory of the season and was leading by two shots with just a few holes to play.

But Rory's luck deserted him on the 15th. He had a chance to record a birdie but his shot hit off the flagstick and landed in the bunker beside the green. McIlroy was unable to rescue par and saw his challenge slip away.

The 32-year-old then bogeyed the next hole and he ultimately finished on 74, five shots away from eventual winner Collin Morikawa.

A visibly frustrated McIlroy did not speak to reporters following his final round, and photographs soon surfaced on social media of the four-time major winner with a ripped shirt.

United States golfer Justin Thomas, however, leapt to McIlroy's defence. Thomas said that McIlroy plays with "fire and passion" and he "never treats people with disrespect."

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The US Ryder Cup star effectively said that his rival is entitled to let off steam after a disappointing round. Needless to say, Rory is not the first golfer to be irritated by the game.

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