Tag Archives: Rory McIlroy

Mar
22
2017

Starting in 2015 at the WGC-Match Play event at Harding Park — an unforgettable week as you may recall! — the format of the tournament changed. Of course it’s still match play and it’s only been in effect for two years, so it’s not really a great sample size to judge, especially since I wasn’t able to catch much of the coverage. In all honestly, I don’t have a good feel for the new round-robin format and I don’t like not knowing or experiencing firsthand the positives and negatives resulting from the somewhat significant changes since 2014.

What I can say with utmost confidence, though, is that Wednesday — the first day of the matches — used to be one of my favorite days of the season (and definitely the most exciting one all year at a non-major, hands down). It was always action-packed, filled with tons of dramas, massive upsets, riveting comebacks, twists and turns that was nonstop from start to end. Which was largely because it was truly golf’s version of the NCAA’s March Madness, a single-round elimination knock-out format. Lose the first match and you might be headed for first-available private jet out of Austin (or Tucson, the longtime venue of the event pre-2015), before the no. 1 seeded player had even teed off.

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Mar
15
2017

Rory McIlroy has never been shy when it comes to voicing his opinions. I, for one, am pleased to see that he has stayed true to himself and not allowed backlash and strong criticisms over the years for speaking his mind deter him from continuing to do so.

Muirfield, which last hosted the Open in 2013, earned a spot “back” on the rota of venues for the major championship on Tuesday after the all-mens club finally voted to allow women members for the first time in its nearly 300-year-old existence. 

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Mar
6
2017

First and foremost, I have to reiterate that this past week was absolutely incredible that truly didn’t disappoint. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I was this pumped-up and inspired by a non-major tournament (and it felt really good). The Mexico Championship covered everything you could ask for out of a World Golf Championship, let alone tournament — it had an amazing, star-studded leaderboard, the most thrilling and exciting golf in recent memory (especially at a non-major stroke play event) and simply first-rate hospitality and pure class from all involved.

Major kudos to the PGA Tour championship committee, tournament organizers from America, Europe and Mexico, the generous sponsor — the Salinas family seemed like they genuinely didn’t want their name attached to the event because it wasn’t about them; rather it was about representing the country, its people and the desire to grow the game — the volunteers, the fans, the great venue, and everyone and anyone involved. Well played, Mexico — your country and citizens should be very proud.

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Mar
5
2017

It’s no secret that Justin Thomas has a fiery side and doesn’t hide his emotions on the golf course. Two incidents of Thomas letting clubs fly out of his hands were caught on-camera during the final round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he started with a one-shot lead.

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Mar
4
2017

No need to look further than the names atop the leaderboard at the WGC-Mexico Championship to know whether or not the championship has been a success. And if you had any reservations or “concerns” about moving this event from its former longtime venue in South Florida to Mexico City, they’ve already been answered with the feedback from, well, everyone in the field.

However, I’d recommend watching a replay of the telecast if you missed Saturday’s third round coverage because it was probably some of the most entertaining golf I’ve seen in a while at a non-major and non-Ryder Cup. There was a bit of everything — Justin Thomas making an ace, Phil Mickelson continuing to hit it everywhere, holing out a couple times, and doubling down with some crazy rulings, Dustin Johnson’s impressive wedge play (don’t think I’ve ever typed those words together before), Rory McIlroy’s bewilderment, and Jordan Spieth posting a scorching eight-under 63 to make the most out of moving day (but he was probably too far back to start with to consider a contender in the final round — famous last words, though, right?).

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Mar
3
2017

Regardless of the result or nearly anything that happens this weekend in Mexico City — short of a bunch of golfers getting mugged and robbed, which isn’t likely, anyway, considering the security and most aren’t known to be the most adventurous in the world — the WGC-Mexico Championship is already a huge success. Golf claps for the PGA Tour, the Championship committee and our generous and gracious hosts! Let me tell you, no expense has been spared.

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Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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Feb
25
2017
March 2015 at Trump Doral

Reality show: When Trump staged scene on range to give Rory his 3-iron back after a scuba-diver fished it out of pond that Rory tossed it in during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral at Trump Doral

Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with Donald Trump last Sunday and received an absurd amount of backlash from the British press and everyone with a Twitter account and WiFi connection. I already defended Rory on this issue and told the critics to chill out because I, of all people, thought it was an overreaction. Rory came out to “clarify” the situation (even though the outrage and criticisms were seriously out of control). McIlroy, who has been nursing a rib injury, wanted to set the record straight, so on Friday, he posted a statement on Twitter (and I can’t confirm at the moment, but I’m fairly certain he actually wrote it himself–):

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Feb
23
2017

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t — this is obviously a constant “life lesson” theme and one that I’ve faced all too often in the golf media. (I guess it also comes with the territory when you happen to speak your mind.) It appears to also have been a theme for Rory McIlroy — and no, I’m in no way comparing myself to one of the best golfers in the world — that’s apples and oranges, so to speak.

McIlroy, who hails from Northern Ireland, played 18 holes with President Trump this past Sunday at Trump International. According to our friends at No Laying Up, Rory got the invitation via a phone call until Saturday night and hadn’t been planning to tee it up this weekend as he’s still nursing a rib injury:

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Jan
17
2017

After 18 hours of travel across the planet, I was pretty much giddy when the plane landed in Abu Dhabi. I had finally made it to the Middle East, a region of the world I had yet to visit, and as someone who enjoys exploring new places and cultures, I was beyond excited. Then, I turned on my phone and first thing I saw was an email announcing Rory McIlroy had withdrawn from this week’s tournament due to a rib injury — a stress fracture, to be exact. Which, to my understanding, is extremely frustrating because the only prescription at this point is straight-up rest for an average of 4-6 weeks.

Talk about a buzz kill. My reaction is summed up pretty well in the photo above. But hey, I wasn’t going to let that minor detail — like the main draw of the tournament, which boasts the best field on the European Tour all year, pulling out! After all, I’m in Abu Dhabi!

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