Watt and his wife, Kealia Ohai Watt of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars, were watching final round coverage of the Open. They saw video of a young Rory McIlroy on Kelly, an old talk show in Northern Ireland. In it, a 9-year-old McIlroy was interviewed by host Gerry Kelly and showed Kelly his practice routine where he chipped balls into a washing machine.
The video prompted an exchange from the pair, which ended with Watt’s golf game getting absolutely shredded by his wife.
Watching The Open with Kea and they showed a video of Rory as a kid…
Her: “are all professional golfers dads good at golf?”
Me: “idk, I’d imagine they’re pretty good”
Her: “I was going to say maybe our son could be good at golf, but I guess not then.” pic.twitter.com/7VXwp7ncNN
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 17, 2022
Ouch. Way to hit him where it hurts.
Watt got some sympathy when he shared the story. By and large, though, Watt’s Twitter followers were more impressed by the burn Watt’s wife laid on him.
— Saul Bookman (@Saul_Bookman) July 17, 2022
Hey golf is hard 😂 https://t.co/B6UnMDUmdH
— Greg Binfield (@BINSANITY13) July 17, 2022
— Riley Northcott (@RileyNorthcott) July 17, 2022
LOL 😂 https://t.co/y0XvVyFKTX
— Kari Jensen (@karijens_kari) July 17, 2022
Truth bombs. https://t.co/ftWSOCw37K
— KilgoreTrout61 (@dcnelsen) July 17, 2022
Different kind of sports injury: https://t.co/wDNj9tMufy
— Mike Peterson (@ComicStripOTD) July 17, 2022
— GG's Gaming & Golf (@GamerGolfer) July 17, 2022
To be totally fair, Watt has roasted his own golf game before. Still, it hits a little differently when it comes from a loved one. Also, there are definitely worse golfers in the world, including some from his own family. Still, we think Watt chose the right sport to play.
And between his dad’s skills on the gridiron and his mom’s talent on the pitch, we’re guessing that Baby Watt will probably be a good athlete. Being a good golfer may just take a little more sweat.