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Rory McIlroy: confirmed lover of Domino's Pizza

September 22, 2020

Almost everything Rory McIlroy says on any subject is met with universal praise from those who closely follow the game. This is not one of those times. 

On Tuesday, just two days after he finished T-8 in the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, McIlroy teamed up with Justin Rose in an exhibition match called the Payne's Valley Cup. Their opponent: Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas. The venue: Payne's Valley Golf Course at the Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., the first public golf course Woods has designed. 

The course has certainly been one of the stars of the televised event so far, but the best part has been the mic'd up banter between the competitors. One of the best moments, however, featured no trash talk. It was a food discussion between McIlroy and Thomas, who said that he had picked up a New York pizza before his flight to Missouri on Monday. McIlroy interjected by revealing that he is a huge ... Domino's guy? 

That was the absolute perfect response from JT—to laugh directly in his face. You try and give some love to NY pizza and this guy starts going off about DOMINO'S?! For shame. 

Now, to be fair, McIlroy is not entirely wrong. It's blasphemy to type this as a New Jersey resident, which means my pizza opinion automatically supercedes just about everyone's, especially someone from Northern Ireland, BUT, Domino's is pretty decent. The only reason I know this is because it's the only place that delivers past 10 p.m. where I live, and, well, sometimes you just need some Dom's delivery at midnight. It's the ultimate last-resort Za.  

After getting a good knee slap out of it, Thomas asked McIlroy his order. It sounds hefty:

Per Google, the Domino's deluxe includes pepperoni, sausage, fresh green peppers, mushrooms and onions. I guess if you're going to go Domino's you might as well load up on toppings. By the way, the Domino's NY style pizza ain't half bad either. OK, now I'm starting to border on sacrilege. This is how it starts. One minute you're saying Domino's is "decent," the next you're ordering it every Friday night over your favorite local joint. Don't get sucked into the Big Pizza trap like Rory has, folks.