Harry Diamond questioned over Rory McIlroy's club choice during US Open collapse at Pinehurst

Rory McIlroy with his caddie Harry Diamond at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio
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Rory McIlroy's US Open collapse continues to be a hot topic of discussion, even as the Northern Irish golfer takes a break from the sport. The debate has been reignited by former PGA Tour professional Smylie Kaufman, who criticised McIlroy's performance at Pinehurst No.2 last month.

McIlroy was seemingly on track to win the championship, but his game faltered in the last four holes, allowing Bryson DeChambeau to snatch victory. His poor tee shot on the 15th hole, which resulted in a bogey, has been a particular point of contention.

Chubby Chandler, McIlroy's former agent, weighed in on the debate, suggesting that McIlroy's stubbornness may have contributed to his downfall. Speaking to Mirror Sport, he said that once McIlroy had decided on a shot, there was no changing his mind - not even his caddie and close friend Harry Diamond could sway him.

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Kaufman, speaking on the 'Subpar' podcast, argued that Diamond should have been more assertive on the 15th hole and insisted on a different club choice, reports the Irish Mirror. McIlroy approached the 15th hole with a two-shot lead, but overhit his tee shot and ended up long of the green. This led to a double-putt and allowed DeChambeau to take the lead.

"I felt like (caddie) Harry Diamond really should have stepped in on the 15th hole," said Kaufman. "He did not have the right club in his hands. And I felt like Rory could have taken control of the championship on 15 if he just hits it in the middle of the green.

"And he hit a good shot. But it just was the wrong club. And never, never was a 7-iron for Rory. Especially with a right flag. If the wind was down off the right, it's not exactly a flag and a wind condition and the heat to be able to land it in a hula hoop, where you got to hit this kind of soft, spinny, fade 7-iron.

"It was an 8-iron all day, hit it in the middle of the green. I would say that was a huge, huge mistake. I don't really ever see Harry stepping in a ton. Rory always, if he has a question, he'll ask, but for the most part, Rory kind of goes and does his thing and he's got a lot of feel.

"In my head, as a player, when you execute a shot exactly how you're supposed to and it ends up in a terrible spot, you have to look at, all right, what happened here. Because that's what happened at the 15th hole."

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