Rory McIlroy was 'annoyed' by Fowler-Mickelson celebration at '14 PGA

Written By Jordan Heck
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Rory McIlroy didn't appreciate when Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler celebrated with one another during the 2014 PGA Championship.

Mickelson and Fowler have a well-documented friendship, and McIlroy is fine with that off the course. But he was irritated when the two kept up the praise of one another during a tournament round, and found it to be strange.

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"I was on a mission. I was chasing down Phil and Rickie, who were playing in front of us," McIlroy said on an upcoming episode of "Feherty." 

"They both got on a run. And I saw on the front nine they started to fist-bump each other and high-five each other. And that sort of annoyed me. … You're both trying to win a major championship. … I know I would never do it in a major. If someone started to play well, I’m trying to beat you. I’m not going to start fist-bumping and high-fiving you. I want to beat you."

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