Category: European PGA Tour

November 14, 2013

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy rendezvous in Dubai

Posted at 5:07 PM by Mike Walker

Caroline_640Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy at the WP World Tour Championship on Thursday (Getty Images).

Earlier this week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, Rory McIlroy sounded like he's finally starting to settle down and get back to work after a busy season off the course in which he signed a lucrative new equipment deal and changed representation. On Thursday, it looked like McIlroy's love life might be settling down as well when girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki showed up to cheer him on in the first round of the tournament. The Guardian has the details:

The latest set of rumors surrounding the supposed break-up of McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki's relationship surfaced last month. Both refused to comment on those stories, but a small sign of their inaccuracy came when McIlroy tweeted in praise of Wozniacki's first tournament victory of the year, at the Luxembourg Open.

Some suggested on Thursday that Wozniacki's visit to the Race to Dubai finale – she was also here last year – confirmed the Dane and her boyfriend are back on. The reality may well be that they were never off.

"It was nice," said McIlroy of Wozniacki's arrival. "She started her pre-season a couple of days ago and was on court this morning at seven o'clock. So she got some practice in before coming to see me. It's good to have her here."

McIlroy shot 71 in the first round on Thursday.

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June 27, 2013

Video: Rory takes on robot in driving range target practice

Posted at 5:39 PM by Coleman McDowell

The European Tour likes creating promo videos on driving ranges. The latest is Rory McIlroy versus a witty robot named Jeff in a target practice challenge aiming at dishwashers in a driving range.

The highlights of the robot's trash-talking during the clip:

"You know losing to a robot is a little like losing to Martin Kaymer?"

"That sucked. Feast your eyes on this."

"How do you like those apples, Rory?"

"Tiger Woods would have been at home with his feet up by now."

The European Tour's YouTube channel has other videos available in their "Every Shot Imaginable" series.

May 28, 2013

Video: Padraig Harrington takes aim at range-picker

Posted at 5:27 PM by Coleman McDowell

Here's a pastime that's almost as old as the game itself: taking aim at the poor soul who's picking balls off the driving range while you practice.

Most golfers are wired the same way. Even if you can't even spell d-r-a-w, you line up a four-iron in the back of your stance and attempt to rip a sweeping hook that only rises 10 yards off the ground to nail the iron-clad range-picking cart some 150 yards down the fairway.

Once you have heard the satisfying "ding" of the dimples clanging against metal, you immediately crave more. (Thank goodness for the thin mesh lining of the cart that protects the driver from the elements.) So we understand Padraig Harrington's desire to search out the range-picker in the above ad campaign "Every Shot Imaginable" for the European Tour. It's only natural.

Harrington just happens to be a lot better than us at it.

April 18, 2013

Video: Watch Euro Tour pro's amazing trick shots

Posted at 12:06 PM by Mike Walker

Northern Ireland golfer Gareth Maybin is ranking 470th in the world, but when it comes to trick shots he might be No. 1. Check out Maybin's amazing shots in this video:

April 01, 2013

Video: Euro Tour golf plays water shot in underwear

Posted at 11:05 PM by Mike Walker

No pants, no problem.

Danish golfer Andreas Hartos had to hit a shot from near the water hazard on the 14th hole in the final round of the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II event in Morocco. So he took off his pants so they wouldn't get wet.

Then Hartos admirably chose speedy play over dignity when he walked onto the green in his underwear to mark his ball. Hartos made bogey on the hole and finished the event T15.

February 01, 2013

Poor Sergio! 'Unfortunate' Garcia makes five birdies and eagle

Posted at 4:28 PM by Samantha Glover


Sergio Garcia in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club (Getty Images).

Most Tour pros would be happy to make four birdies and an eagle on the front nine. Then again, Sergio Garcia isn't like most Tour pros.

Playing the back nine first, Garcia made birdies on Nos. 10, 13, 16 and 17 and an eagle on 18 in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic en route to a five-under-par 67. Afterward, he sounded crestfallen since those low numbers meant he would have to continue playing with a sore shoulder, according to Reuters. Garcia is currently tied for eighth, three shots behind leader Richard Sterne.

"On the 14th green I told my caddie if it does not get any better after 18 (his ninth hole) we will probably walk," Garcia told reporters.

"Then unfortunately we started making birdies and eagle and I thought 'What do we do now?'

"I got the physio out and he worked on it. It feels a little bit better, but needs to get better."

November 27, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Donald saw echoes of Tiger in McIlroy's Dubai win

Posted at 2:59 PM by Samantha Glover

Rory_lukeLuke Donald and Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday. (Getty Images)

After losing to Rory McIlroy in the final round of the DP World Tour Championship, Luke Donald said that McIlroy's performance reminded him of Tiger Woods in his prime, according to an ESPN report.

McIlroy, who began the day tied for the lead with Donald and then trailed Justin Rose on the back nine, made birdies in his final five holes to secure a victory.

Rose, who shot a course-record 62 on Sunday, was magnanimous in defeat. "I thought I had him, but he's class," admitted the Englishman.

Donald, who faded for a share of third with Charl Schwartzel, went even further. "That was like Tiger Woods in his prime," said the world No. 2. "To able to do that when needed, that is the sign of a great. "It was extremely impressive and it shows us all how hard we will have to work to stay up with him."

McIlroy's win at Dubai was his fifth of the season, including the PGA Championship. He has won the PGA of America's Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average, and he's expected to be named the PGA Tour Player of the Year later this month.

November 12, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Manssero's win, McIlroy's cash, Lewis's prize and the Golf Boys return

Posted at 12:51 PM by Samantha Glover

Matteo Manassero won Barclays Singapore Open, and Rory McIlroy clinched the European money title:


Cristie Kerr ended a slump, and Stacy Lewis ended an American POY drought:

PGA and LPGA players thanked those who have served:

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson on the return of Golf Boys:

October 22, 2012

Tweets of the Week: PGA, European Tour & LPGA compete in Asia and more

Posted at 1:25 PM by

Euros travel to Asia to compete in the BMW Masters:

LPGA pros finished the second event of their Asian swing, the HanaBank Championship:


Tommy Gainey, Bo Van Pelt and Suzann Pettersen won tournaments:

Golfers also enjoyed some downtime as the 2012 season winds down:

October 15, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Rory 'ready to be done' with 2012 season; plans lighter 2013

Posted at 11:17 AM by Mark Dee

Has his 2012 season brought too much of a good thing -- O.K., a great, occasionally transcendent thing --  for Rory McIlroy?

With obligations piling up throughout his would-be offseason, he seems to think so. McIlroy told ESPN UK on Monday that he was "ready to be done" with this year, despite having a handful of tournaments left to play, including the four parts of the Race to Dubai that ends the European Tour's season, and a heads-up exhibition match against Tiger Woods in China at the end of October.

So far, McIlroy has played 21 tournaments in 2012, not including the Ryder Cup. By the time the year is wrapped, he'll probably be up to 26 -- an event every other week. Don't expect as many Rory sightings in 2013:

"I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut it down again to a max play of 22 or 23," McIlroy continued.

"I still have got some big events left and I would love to win the Race to Dubai and repeat what Luke did also winning the money list on the PGA Tour, so I am going to give it one last push.

"It has been a great season and I am ready to be done. It is just such a long season these days. But then I feel I have got an obligation to play some of these big events leading up to Dubai."

McIlroy did add that he "won't find it hard" to motivate himself to play the year out, especially since a strong finish would likely place him atop both the American and European money lists. If he does it, McIlroy would match Luke Donald, who accomplished the same feat in 2011.

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