Rory McIlroy explains why he won’t be wearing a hat in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Rory McIlroy has come up with a humorous reason why he doesn’t wear a cap during team events.
Because his skull is “so little,” Rory McIlroy says he can’t wear a hat in team competitions like the Olympics or the Ryder Cup. The four-time major winner began his Olympic campaign with a two-under-par 69 in the first round at Kasumigaseki Country Club yesterday, but was noticeably missing a cap from his Team Ireland uniform.
As a result, the Irish athlete confessed that his team cap is too big for him, adding, “My head is so small that I have to ask Nike to build me custom hats, so if I’m in a team event and the hats aren’t custom, they’re all too big.”
Owing to the small size of his head, the 19-time PGA Tour winner, who is famously sponsored by Nike, said the sports brand builds a custom hat for him for his regular Tour tournaments, but when he goes to a team event, such as the Olympics, he is obliged to play ‘hatless’ due to their usual fit.
McIlroy previously addressed his capless issue in 2016 via a Twitter Q&A when a fan inquired about why the 32-year-old played the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club without any headwear.
“I have a pea head and the caps were simply too big for me!” the 2014 Open Champion commented via his official account.
The 32-year-old did not appear to be hampered by his lack of a cap in his second round at the Olympics, as he followed up his Day one 69 with a five-under-par 66 to move to seven-under for the tournament and back into contention at the weekend’s turn.
After five consecutive pars, the Irishman went on a nine-hole run of birdie, birdie, and eagle to finish four-under. McIlroy then dropped his first shot of the day at the 11th, before regaining his four-under status with a birdie on the 12th.
The world number 13 was then given a two-hour break, along with the rest of the field, when the tournament was suspended for the second day in a row due to bad weather in Tokyo.
However, the two-time PGA Championship winner continued where he left off following the restart, making two more holes before a. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”