​Rory McIlroy Shirtless: Magazine Cover Reveals Shirtless Golfer On Digest

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Apr. 2, 2015

Rory McIlroy went shirtless to prove that this golfer is ripped, but he was also accompanied by Lexi Thompson, according to Sporting News. The top-ranked golfer in the men’s game and the defending champion of this week’s first major of the season distracted golf observers from their 24×7 Tiger Woods Masters watch by flashing some firm flesh. And it appeared to work.

Our position is that this trend can continue, but with something more relatable, like the famous topless John Daly cover.

McIlroy, who hopes to complete the career grand slam with a win next week in Augusta, became the first golfer to grace the cover of Men’s Health Magazine.

Rory McIlroy proves that shirtless is the trend. Thompson, who will play the first two rounds of the ANA Inspiration with her tour’s No. 1, 17-year-old Lydia Ko, sports a strategically wrapped towel for her Golf Digest closeup. The issue promises to celebrate the fitness and power of three other LPGA stars — Michelle Wie, Cheyenne Woods and Stacy Lewis.

Lexi has the dubious distinction of being the third consecutive woman to open Golf Digest’s May fitness issue, according to The Big Lead. The only actual golfer among the trio, Thompson follows former Golf Channel/current Fox personality, Holly Sonders, and Dustin Johnson’s wife, Paulina Gretzky.

McIlroy’s rebuilt frame has gotten a lot of press of late. There was that Nike video in which Rory talked about how he revamped himself from a somewhat pudgy player to the jacked-up golfer he’s become. Swing coach Butch Harmon recently cautioned the four-time major champ from getting too ripped — a warning that Paul Azinger echoed on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy’s ripped shirtless cover proves he is fit, but is “not a requirement to be great and I just hope that he’s not changing his body to his own detriment, because his body has changed since July of last year,” the ESPN analyst said during a pre-Masters teleconference. “They give out Player of the Year, not Fitness of the Year.”

Then there was last month’s Golf Digest, which, oddly, displayed Rory as Michelangelo’s David on the cover, notes Larry Brown Sports. For those who remember that photo of a shirtless Tiger, his cover picture appeared in a Men’s Fitness issue in 2007.

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