Category Archives: Rory McIlroy

Aug
3
2017

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Rory McIlroy confirmed he had parted ways with his caddie of nine years JP Fitzgerald at his pre-tourney presser on Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The reason provided by the world no. 4 was basically the golfer-caddie version of the breakup line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” But…it actually is you, too. Hey, a relationship always involves at least two people. However, it was Rory’s most honest, diplomatic explanation.

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Aug
1
2017

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There were murmurs on Sunday during the Canadian Open that Rory McIlroy had split with his caddie of nine years J.P. Fitzgerald. Well, at least one Tour player had already learned of the news before teeing off in the final round. This relative unknown player shared the information with those in his group, which completely caught them off-guard. At first they thought it was a joke, so the player had to clarify that he was serious.

Rule no. 1: Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. I’ve been around long enough to know that rumors fly around the Tour more than any other group of people I’ve ever encountered (and that says quite a bit, to be honest). The kind of BS that spreads doesn’t surprise me anymore, but it did when I first started covering the Tour (which feels like a lifetime ago now). Anyway, of course there is often some truth or even truth to things you “hear.” I feel like I have a decent amount of experience at this point to smell out what’s worth pursuing and what’s not. A lot of the time it’s just dumb gossip that you wouldn’t repeat because, well, it’s stupid. There are various factors to this super mathematical equation I’ve developed — 1) the source; and 2) the information.

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May
16
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

Following the final round of The Players, Rory McIlroy returned to Northern Ireland Monday morning and had an MRI after experiencing mild pain and discomfort in his back in the same area from a previous injury earlier this year.

Good news: The scan showed no evidence of a new injury. The bad: The stress fracture to a rib that was diagnosed in January has not completely healed.

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May
9
2017

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Rory McIlroy unveiled Tuesday he has signed a multiyear, “long-term” deal with TaylorMade to play with its bag, full set of clubs and ball. Yep, all 14 clubs in his bag plastered with the company’s logo will be produced by TaylorMade.

The Guardian is reporting that McIlroy contract is worth $100 million for 10 years. Ga-ching!

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May
4
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

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May the Fourth be with you on your birthday, Rory McIlroy! Yeah, I’m sure you saw enough memes and tweets with that phrase. And I just couldn’t help incorporate it into wishing McIlroy a very happy 28th birthday.

They grow up so fast! See the above picture. It truly doesn’t feel like six years have past since Rory, then 22 years old, ran away from the field at the rain-soaked U.S. Open at Congressional to secure his first major by eight shots. 

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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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Feb
25
2017
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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
8
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

 

I don’t care what anyone says, but Rory McIlroy is just the best. As members of the media, we’re “supposed” to be “non-partisan,” but please, if you are actually naive to believe that *every* single journalist does not have bias, then I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you: EVERYONE DOES. Sure, you can write a piece without any bias — a straight-up report or game story, but I’ll guarantee you that it was boring as hell and you may even dose off before finishing getting through the whole article.

So I will not deny that Rory is my favorite player to cover on Tour. He’s an all-around genuinely good individual and treats people with respect (even the media). He is a rarity amongst not only golfers but professional athletes. And if you’re going to hold that against me, then you’re reading the wrong website. (I can point you to many others that will write the same old boring cliched BS.)

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Mar
4
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

When Jordan Spieth saw Rory McIlroy had made the change this week to his putting grip to left-hand low or “cross-handed,” Spieth said to McIlroy, “You’ve switched to the dark side, I see.”

McIlroy made it no secret earlier this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that he was switching putting grips after missing the cut at last week at the Honda Classic. (One of the beauties of Doral is that there’s no cut, so what do you have to lose?) Funny enough, McIlroy, who lit it up on Friday, firing a 7-under 65, was concerned before going with the big change that people would accuse him of “copying” Spieth, who putts cross-handed and is arguably the best putter in the world at the moment. 

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