Category: Rory McIlroy

November 25, 2013

In Scott, McIlroy sees something of himself

Posted at 4:27 PM by Josh Sens

Mac_scott_640Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Players Championship (Getty Images).

One man has been slumping. The other has been surging.

But when Rory McIlroy looks at Adam Scott these days, he sees something of...himself.

For those of you straining to perceive the similarities, let the Northern Irishman explain.

In 2011, still smarting from a final round collapse at the Masters, McIlroy won the U.S. Open. In 2013, with the memory of his 2012 British Open meltdown still in mind, Scott won the Masters.

Major disappointment, followed soon after by major success.

"To win the Masters this year was just a reward for his disappointment in the 2012 Open Championship and I think everyone in the game was delighted for him," McIlroy said of Scott this week, as the two prepared to compete in the Australian Open, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Without doubt the 2012 Open Championship was a huge learning curve for Adam and the experience has made him stronger, which will stand to him for the rest of his career. So in many ways it resembled my disappointment at the 2011 Masters and I've always looked back on that as a big positive in my career."

McIlroy leads Scott in career majors, two to one. But Scott has surged ahead of McIlroy in the world rankings and has shown little sign of let-up since his breakthrough at Augusta. He won the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters this fall and can complete Australian golf's Triple Crown with a win this week.

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November 24, 2013

Rory 'delighted' as he settles legal dispute with Oakley

Posted at 7:49 PM by Pete Madden
Rory McIlroy
Credit: Getty Images


One down, one to go.

Reuters reported that Rory McIlroy has reached a settlement with his former sponsor Oakley, resolving the first of two legal battles vying for the time and attention of the former World No. 1.

"The legal claims brought by Oakley against Rory McIlroy in California have been amicably settled to the satisfaction of both parties," a statement released on behalf of McIlroy said.

"I am delighted the case is now behind me," McIlroy was quoted as saying.

Oakley brought suit against McIlroy in December after the golfer announced his new partnership with Nike, claiming that the new agreement breached the McIlroy-Oakley contract because Oakley had not been given the "right of first refusal" to match Nike's offer.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

McIlroy can now turn his attention to his case against his former management company, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management, by whom he claims to have been misled into signing an unfavorable contract "in circumstances of great informality" at a Horizon Christmas party. Horizon is countersuing for breach of contract.

As he nears the end of a winless 2013, McIlroy is already looking to put the year's frustrations and distractions behind him.

"I've seen more lawyers' offices and more lawyers this year than I care to see in my entire life," McIlroy said before the World Tour Championship in Dubai. "It's not something I ever want to go through again, and I'm making sure that I won't go through it again.

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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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October 20, 2013

Rules violation hands Korea Open to Kang, Rory second

Posted at 11:17 AM by Pete Madden
Kim Hyung-tae
Credit: Getty Images


Kang Sung-hoon won the 2013 Kolon Korea Open in Cheonan, but he needed some help from the rule book.

According to ONEASIA, Kim Hyung-tae was standing on 17 with a two-shot lead when rules officials informed him that he had grounded his club in a hazard on 13 and would be assessed a two-shot penalty.

The pair finished their round, but before signing their scorecards they returned to the 13th and spent nearly two hours in deep discussion with officials, who also repeatedly consulted TV footage of the incident. Kim argued he had never grounded his club, but was eventually persuaded to sign for a six by the Korean Golf Association rules committee, who had voted 5-3 against him.

The penalty would drop Kim into a five-person tie for second (alongside two-time major-winner Rory McIlroy) at 3-under, a shot behind eventual champion Kang.

"I'm a really good friend of [Kim's] so at the moment it doesn't feel great," said Kang. "Even though I won the tournament, I just feel really sorry for him. I was actually out there to celebrate for him, but … I don't know … I don't know what to say. It's horrible."

A similar mishap cost Dustin Johnson a shot at the 2010 PGA Championship after he grounded his club in what was deemed to be a bunker rather than a "waste area."

After falling 10 shots off the lead through three rounds, McIlroy dropped five birdies on Sunday to close with a 4-under 67, but the Irishman still seemed disappointed with his charge up the leaderboard.

"I could have shot anything, absolutely anything," McIlroy told the BBC. "I only missed two greens and had so many chances, but it was like the story of yesterday. I just didn't hole enough putts. I created so many more chances today that it could have been 61, 62. It just wasn't to be."

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October 19, 2013

Rory McIlroy falls 10 shots back in Korea after 75

Posted at 6:21 PM by Mike Walker

Rory_korea_300The rebirth of Rory McIlroy probably won't happen in Korea.

McIlroy, who is winless in 2013, started the third round of the Kolon Korea Open just two shots behind the leader on Saturday, but proceeded to shoot 75, leaving him 10 shots behind the leader Kim Hyung-tae. The Guardian has the details:

He went out in level par at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club course near Cheonan after his only birdie of the day -- at the par-five fifth -- was cancelled out by a bogey at the next. A double-bogey six at the 10th was the first of four dropped shots in five holes as McIlroy, who has not won since changing his clubs at the start of the year, fell further behind to finish the day one-over for the tournament.

"It was weird. I actually started the round really well -- I gave myself birdie chances on the first five holes, but missed a few of those," McIlroy said. "A frustrating day because I was in contention after two days and if you shoot a solid score today you're right in there tomorrow. I've just got to go out there tomorrow and shoot the best score that I can."

McIlroy didn't rule out a comeback on Sunday though.

"Last time here I shot 64 last round so it would need something probably similar or a little better to have a chance so that's what I'll try and do tomorrow," McIlroy said.

Photo of Rory McIlroy at the Kolon Korea Open on Saturday (Getty Images).

October 18, 2013

Rory McIlroy two shots back at Korea Open

Posted at 1:15 PM by Coleman McDowell
Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the 10th green during the second round of the Kolon Korea Open 2013 in South Korea.


In an up-and-down day at the Korea Open, Rory McIlroy capped his second round with a birdie run on his back-nine to close with a 69 and enter the weekend two shots behind the tournament leader, Soon-sang Hong

McIlroy recorded seven birdies, six pars and five bogeys on a day where his scorecard was extra-colorful. After teeing off on the back nine, McIlory made bogey at Nos. 12, 14, 15 and 16 but salvaged his first nine with bookend birdies on Nos. 10 and 18. He recovered to close his round with a four-under back nine, good enough for a tie for 5th entering Saturday.

"I'm driving the ball very well and for the most part, my iron play is pretty good," the former world No. 1 said. "But I definitely missed a few opportunities out there. I definitely could have been a few shots better, but I'm in a good position going into the weekend and that's all you can ask for."

Only 18 of the 114 participants are under par for the tournament.

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(Photos by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images and PGA Australia)

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October 17, 2013

Rory McIlroy three shots back after round 1 at Korea Open

Posted at 11:24 AM by Coleman McDowell
Rory McIlroy tees off on No. 11 during the opening round of the Kolon Korea Open in Chonan, South Korea.

In his first tournament action in more than a month, Rory McIlroy birdied three of his final five holes to finish his opening round at the Kolon Korea Open with 1-under round of 70.

This was McIlroy's first competitive appearance since bowing out of the FedEx Cup race after finishing 59th at the BMW Championship on September 7th.

“I felt I was a little rusty after the four weeks off,” the 24-year-old Northern Irishman said, “but I battled back nicely and to end up under par for the day wasn’t too bad.”

Jang Ik-jae leads the tournament at 4-under. McIlroy, currently ranked sixth in the World Rankings, is three shots back in 12th place. He tied for third at the Korean Open in '09 and was the runner-up in '11.

McIlroy has not won a PGA Tour event since the 2012 BMW Championship.

(Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

October 10, 2013

Bill Clinton tees it up with Rory McIlroy in Ireland

Posted at 5:09 PM by Pete Madden

Former President Bill Clinton hit the links with two-time major winner Rory McIlroy in Ireland this week.

Clinton ranks highly on our list of Top 10 Presidential Golfers, (though he reportedly lost to Barack Obama by "a couple shots" in 2011), so maybe taking down a Golfer-in-Chief will give Rory a much-needed confidence boost as he prepares for his exhibition (re)match against Tiger Woods on the Chinese island of Hainan.

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Baby Rory? Three-Year-Old Dubliner Shows Off His Skills

Posted at 11:09 AM by Josh Sens

Call him the next Rory. Or call this a slow news day.

Either way, check out this video of three-year-old Michael Patton of Dublin, Ireland, chipping balls into a clothes hamper.

In the muffled audio, you can also hear him shouting out to his favorite player, Rory McIlroy, who launched his star with a televised laundry golf exhibition of his own.

And let's not forget the genesis of the golf prodigy exhibition genre: Tiger Woods.

What do you think? Is Patton the next big name in golf?

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October 01, 2013

Graeme McDowell gets married in small Bahamas ceremony

Posted at 1:59 PM by Coleman McDowell

After proposing atop a helideck at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the wedding ceremony was the easy part for Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champ and his new bride, Kristin Stape, tied the knot on Saturday in front of family and friends on an island in the Bahamas. 

But Rory McIlroy, one of McDowell's best friends on Tour and fellow Northern Ireland native, was absent from the event, according to the Evening Herald (Ireland).

"One half of the biggest bromances in golf, friends had widely tipped McIlroy to be the one who would stand by McDowell as his best man on his big day. However, McIlroy hit the town with Manchester United striker Rooney on the same night that McDowell was toasting his new wife with a small party of less than 30 people."

A spokesperson for McIlroy told the newspaper that "Rory was in the UK to do a photoshoot for one of his sponsors Nike. Wayne Rooney is another Nike athlete and they did the shoot together."

From the looks of the pictures, it doesn't look like Graeme missed him that much.

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