Category: Darren Clarke

March 27, 2013

Tiger texts Rory: 'Get your finger out of your a-- and win'

Posted at 11:05 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_rory_300Tiger Woods is No. 1 in the world ranking again and it looks like he's claiming his spot as No. 1 trash talker in the game as well.

After Woods won at Bay Hill on Monday to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, he got a congratulatory text from the previous No. 1, his friend Rory McIlroy. Here's Tiger's response, according to McIlroy.

Q. Did you ring him Rory? Tiger was saying yesterday there's a banter between the two of you on this subject.

RORY MCILROY: I texted him this morning. I thought I would just let it all sort of die down yesterday and texted him this morning. He's ready to go and play at the Tavistock. Texted him said, "Well done." Hadn't spoken to him in a couple weeks. Just congratulated him and stuff as well and he said everything was good there. Told me to get my finger out of my ass and win this week.

Add this one to Woods's legendary digs, including his note to pal Darren Clarke after Clarke beat him 4 & 2 at the Accenture Match Play in 2000 ("Enjoy it you fat f---") and his text to a buddy after beating a canary-yellow-garbed Serio Garcia in the final round of the 2005 British Open ("I just bludgeoned Tweety Bird.")

Photo: Woods and McIlroy at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami (Getty Images).

January 14, 2013

Tweets of the Week: Rory's move to Nike, Golfers pick their favorite Euro Ryder Cup Captain contender and more

Posted at 4:42 PM by Samantha Glover
ICYMI: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy's move to Nike was made official: With the European Ryder Cup captain announcement coming Tuesday, golfers voiced their opinions about who they want to get the job: PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley won the Sony Open: Golfers watched the first round of the NFL playoffs:
January 11, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke calls resort protestors 'treehuggers'

Posted at 5:53 PM by Samantha Glover

North Ireland native Darren Clarke voiced his opinion, calling those in opposition with the construction of the Bushmills Dunes Resort "treehuggers" in a tweet.

His tweets came on the opening day of the Belfast's High Court judicial review of the Environmental Minister's decision approving the construction of the resort on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

The NT that Clarke refers to, the National Trust, claims that Environmental Minister Alex Attwood's decision to approve the project overturns a series of policies that protect the landscape and environment around the proposed resort, according to a report by the Belfast Telegraph.

On the opening day of the judicial review at Belfast’s High Court, Stuart Beattie QC, trust counsel, said the minister didn’t consult Unesco before his decision, announced in February.

His own conservation department, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency had repeatedly cautioned him to do so earlier and warned the Causeway could be stripped of World Heritage status over inappropriate development.

The plans for the development of the resort were originally received in 2007, and have been halted numerous times due to concern for the protected landscapes in the area.

November 21, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke says Rory could surpass Jack's mark

Posted at 11:29 AM by Mark Dee

Clarke_mcilroyUlstermen Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy share a laugh at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods may have a head start, but at least one major champ thinks Rory McIlroy is the golfer to catch Jack Nicklaus's major mark.

Speaking to ESPNUK in support of his new autobiography, Northern Irishman Darren Clarke backed his fellow countryman as the heir apparent to what has been Tiger's chase:

"Tiger in his heyday was incredible to behold, but Rory does posses, as far as I'm concerned and from what I've seen, almost as much talent as Tiger did," Clarke said.

"It will be very interesting, as Rory matures and gets older and he starts racking up those majors, how far he goes."

So far, Rory is matching Tiger's pace, who also had two major titles at 23. (That said, Tiger did win three at 24…) McIlory does have one major left as a 23-year-old, and he'll have to win it to keep pace with Jack: Nicklaus won three majors before turning 24.

November 18, 2012

Westwood, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel and Clarke are moving in at Old Palm

Posted at 2:45 PM by Samantha Glover

Chubby Chandler's stable of golfers have a new home in professional golf's hottest community.

Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke will all make Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., their home course, and Westwood, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have also bought houses at Old Palm, according to a press release from the club and International Sports Management (ISM).

"We are excited to welcome Lee, Louis, Charl and Darren to Old Palm," said Timothy Bright, senior vice president with Clarion Partners, Old Palm's owner/operator. "This group has collected three major championships, 80 wins world-wide, and could literally live anywhere in the world. ISM selecting Old Palm as its North American home is a tremendous honor."

Chandler, the founder of ISM, said: "With its world-class golf amenities, club and convenient location, Old Palm is the ideal location for our North American headquarters."

Chandler's most famous ex-client, Rory McIlroy, also lives in the Palm Beach area, as does Tiger Woods.

October 31, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke: 'Golf is like a drug to me'

Posted at 11:57 AM by Mark Dee

Clarke_book_forwebDarren Clarke has taken the first step to recovery. The problem he has is golf. Unfortunately, that's also his profession.

Clarke calls the game "a drug" in his new autobiography, "An Open Book," and describes how, at times, all he wants to do is stop playing it. Just then, the game ropes him back in. Liam Kelly of the Irish Independent brings us some relevant passages:

"One of my biggest pluses is also one of my biggest negatives, in that my desire and determination, admirable qualities for the most part, sometimes get in the way of what I am trying to achieve.

"I want things so badly that although my attitude has driven me to the highest of highs, it has also taken me to the lowest of lows. And I find it very difficult to deal with the lows."

In another revealing passage he says: "I've seriously thought about packing it [golf] in on several occasions but those feelings have not lasted because I love the game so much.

"I absolutely detest it at times too. I really do, and I sometimes wonder about the futility of it all, but I just can't give it up. It's like a drug to me. The challenge keeps me going."

File this under "Pros are just like us!" Of course, unlike us, Clarke has admitted he is powerless over the game. Even though he's better than nearly everyone. There may be a lesson there. Read the book and find out.

October 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke has 'inside track' on 2014 captaincy

Posted at 9:35 AM by Mark Dee

We understand why someone would want to be the European Ryder Cup Captain. Pride, honor, yeah, all that. But, honestly, the job doesn't seem all that tough: You do interviews, wait until the inevitable American supernova makes you look like a genius, and then you drink until a Molinari brother goes drag.

So, it's easy to understand why the politicking has already begun across the pond. And, according to Padraig Harrington, a front-runner is already emerging.

"I understand the inside track is that it's going to be Darren Clarke," Harrington told the Irish Independent at the Dunhill Links on Friday.

The Independent also reports that Peter Hanson has thrown his (feather)weight behind Paul McGinley. Which might mean more, if Rory McIlroy didn't already go on the record throwing his support behind Clarke, according to

We at Rumors are going third party. Colin Montgomerie, 2014. If Monty is captaining, then perhaps we'll get less commentary in the first person plural during the next broadcast...

October 02, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Euros party in style after Ryder Cup win

Posted at 11:07 AM by Mark Dee

Francesco Molinari channeling Marilyn Monroe. Rory McIlroy finding his inner Flava Flav. Golfers outdrinking Darren Clarke.

All part of the Europeans' plan to turn Illinois into Ibiza after their shocking comeback, according to Brian Keogh of Irish Golf Desk, who filed a report from the morning after.

"They had a good time," Vice Captain Clarke, who chided himself for bowing out after a mere four glasses of wine, told Keogh. "I’m not sure what state Lee Westwood is in, but I’m sure he’s not the only one."

Judging from what Mike Kerr, Westwood's caddie had to say, that state is worse for wear: “I couldn’t tell you what time the party broke up," Kerr was quoted as saying, "The big joke all night was that it didn’t matter what time we went to bed, because we were all on Rory time.”

It's easy to stay on Rory time, of course, when Rory himself is strolling through the party wearing his large, neck-mounted time-piece.

Former DJ (and one-time indulgence enthusiast) Nicolas Colsaerts was on the 1s and 2s, and…we'll let him speak for himself:

“I haven’t slept. But I’ll be alright. This used to be my first job so it’s okay.”

Asked where the party ranked, he said: “It was just the length of it, the intensity of it after all that work.

“We were just stretching it out and stretching it out. I don’t know how bumpy this plane ride is going to be but I might give it 10 out of 10.

“It was just a good old fashioned party with drinks flying in the air and other stupid stuff going on.

“There were a few Diana Ross wigs and things like that. Frankie Molinari was wearing a blonde one which made him look like Marilyn Monroe!"

We can sympathize with "Frankie," and his impending shame. Can't wait for Colsaerts to upload his Ryder Cup photo album to Facebook. Working title: "Me-WIN-ah."

Related: See the players' party pictures on Twitter

Related: A Europe win or a U.S. collapse?

July 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: LeBron James names newest Nike shoe after Arnold Palmer

Posted at 12:48 PM by Mark Dee

Who is LeBronold Palmer, you ask? It's actually a "what." Specifically, it's a shoe, according to Jonathan Wall at Yahoo's Devil Ball Golf blog. That's right: King James's new Nike basketball shoe, the "LeBronold Palmer 9 low" is a shout out to The King, Arnold Palmer. Or, at least, a shout-out to a certain delicious canned beverage that shares a name with a professional golfer (an image of the beverage is emblazoned on the insole). Unclear which. LeBron tweeted out a picture of the shoe earlier this week. Drink it in, folks:


A lot about this is hazy, but one thing here is clear: it's impossible to see those shoes and not hear Jan Hammer's synth-y theme to Miami Vice pinging in your head. Welcome to 1986, Miami, prepare to ride a New Wave. Our current over/under on how many pairs Pat Riley will purchase: seven.

Fairway Feud
The Casta del Sol golf course in Mission Viejo, Calif. is usually a quiet place to play the game of kings. Most courses are. But on Thursday things went Royal Rumble in the 18th fairway, as ABC 7 of Los Angeles reports. According to police, that's where Michael Payne picked a fight with the entire foursome ahead of him. The cause? Payne allegedly claimed they were stealing the golf balls he couldn't find:

Investigators accuse the 46-year-old Payne of punching one golfer in the face, then attacking Chambers' friend with a golf club, bashing him on the wrist as the victim tried to leave in a golf cart.

"He got in the cart to go get the marshal and go get help, and then he was chased down by the golfer with a golf club," said Chambers.

Payne then allegedly ran to the hillside.

The wrist looks like the worst injury. His playing partner put it in terms sure to horrify anyone who loves the game: "It's bad enough that he's not going to be golfing here anytime soon."

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January 31, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Hank Haney says Tiger book has 'surprises'

Posted at 12:53 PM by Mike Walker

Hank Haney took issue with recent criticism from Tiger Woods over Haney’s new book about Tiger in an interview with Crain’s Ed Sherman. Woods had called Haney “unprofessional” for writing a book about his six years coaching Woods. Haney’s book The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods comes out in late March.

Were you surprised about Mr. Woods' reaction?

Not really. It seems pretty consistent to how he's reacted to things in the past. I feel like it is a fair and honest book. I know he said it is “unprofessional.” I don't know how you can make a comment like that without reading the book. I think I had an opportunity to write an unprofessional book, but I don't think I did. I feel like I wrote a fair and honest book.

Should he be worried about what's in the book?

Maybe. (Mr. Haney then took a long pause.) The truth is the truth. There are quite a few things in there that people will find as surprises. I just wrote a fair and honest book. I said all along this wasn't going to be a takedown book. People that know me know that's not what I would do.

What did you think about him saying he won't read the book?

He reads everything. If he says (he) won't, that probably will be the first time. It'll be up to him to decide if he's unhappy. I feel like it is very honest.

He reads everything? We’re already learning new stuff about Tiger from Haney’s book and it’s not even out yet.

Struggling Darren Clarke fires caddie who helped him win Open

They don't call him the “Prince of Darkness” for nothing.

The Scotsman’s Martin Dempster reports that Darren Clarke has fired caddie John Mulrooney, who was on Clarke’s bag during his storybook win at the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.

According to ISM, Clarke’s management company, the split with Mulrooney is amicable and the player will spend some time weighing up his options for a replacement.

Having decided not to play in either Qatar or Dubai, Clarke’s next competitive outing will be the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona at the end of February.

Mulrooney took over as Clarke’s full-time caddie after the former Ryder Cup player won the Iberdrola Open in Majorca last May.

The pair came close to breaking up after it was claimed they had a furious disagreement on the Sunday at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, but they were back on the same wavelength as their partnership worked a treat the following week.

Bill Clinton to play in Nationwide Tour event in Colombia

Fresh off the success of his first PGA Tour hosting gig at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, Calif., former President Bill Clinton announced he would take part in the Nationwide Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, which begins Feb. 13.

The PGA TOUR, Pacific Rubiales Energy and the William J. Clinton Foundation announced today that President Clinton will travel to Bogota, Colombia in February and attend the Nationwide Tour's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. The tournament will be presented by Samsung and will support the Clinton Foundation's work through the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) in Colombia.

President Clinton will participate in tournament activities, including the Wednesday, Feb. 15th Pro-Am, featuring Nationwide Tour professionals, government officials, Pacific Rubiales executives, clients and guests. It will be the first time a sitting or former president of the United States has attended a Nationwide Tour event.

We’re thrilled that Clinton wants to be part of golf, but if he’s got all this free time, shouldn’t he be replacing Oprah instead?

Surgeon talks about Tiger’s ACL surgery after 2008 U.S. Open

Lee Benson of The Deseret News profiles Park City, Utah, orthopedic surgeon Vern Cooley, the doctor who repaired Tiger Woods’s left knee after the 2008 U.S. Open. Cooley said the surgery, which he performed with his partner Dr. Tom Rosenberg, was a success.

"We've become good friends," says Cooley of Woods, and while Cooley hasn't been consulted about trying to repair Tiger's more recent non-knee troubles, he is of the opinion that his golf career, given Tiger's work ethic and determination, will eventually rebound.

And he's absolutely confident of one thing. That left knee of his was repaired right, and in the right place.  

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