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Not to be outdone by Lexi Thompson, a ripped Rory McIlroy graces the cover of Men's Health Magazine

April 02, 2015

We at Golf Digest are very proud of our May fitness issue featuring Lexi Thompson on the cover. If you haven't checked out the extra photos or behind-the-scenes video of the LPGA Tour star boxing, you should. Oh, hey, here's another link for you to check out:

But apparently, Lexi isn't the only golfer appearing front and center in a health-focused publication. A ripped Rory McIlroy is the cover boy on this month's Men's Health. Here's a look:

Delighted to be on the cover of @MensHealthMag! See more photos from my shoot here

— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) April 2, 2015

And here's one of those other photos McIlroy is referring to:


And here's a behind-the-scenes video he Instagrammed:

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on Apr 2, 2015 at 9:39am PDT

The World No. 1's fitness has been in the spotlight a lot recently as he revs up for his first attempt at completing the career Grand Slam at the Masters. McIlroy appeared on the cover of Golf Digest's April issue as a chiseled statue, and two of his biggest sponsors, Nike and Bose, have created mini-documentaries detailing McIlroy's intense physical training.

McIlroy -- not Tiger Woods -- is the first golfer to be put on the cover of Men's Health. Now we'll see if all that work in the gym will lead to a first green jacket.