Asia will provide Europe with a warm-up match play event before the Europeans face the Americans later in the year for the historical biennial matches at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next October. This new exhibition, the EurAsia Cup, will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28-30, 2014, according to the EuropeanTour.com. (continue reading…)
Rory McIlroy overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round to beat Adam Scott on the 72nd hole at Royal Sydney and win the Australian Open, his first victory in 2013. We spent the day with McIlroy last week in Las Vegas at TPC Summerlin, where Rory talked about getting dialed in with the latest equipment from Nike Golf, along with his increased performance since putting the new clubs and ball in his bag.
Here now, check out Rory talking about playing with the new RZN Black ball:
Rory McIlroy stood over a 12-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole of the Australian Open. You could feel the tension in the air (or even through the TV and the announcers’ voices) — Adam Scott had just bogeyed to drop to 17-under for the tournament and opened the door for McIlroy, who trailed by a shot heading into the final hole, to win in regulation, or at worst, likely, force a playoff.
McIlroy, who putted beautifully on Sunday, stroked the putt and there was never a doubt it was going in the hole, as the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland raised his arms in celebration, along with a deep sigh of relief. After all, it hadn’t been the smoothest time for Rory on- and- off- the course in 2013. But this win has salvaged an otherwise somewhat forgettable year. (continue reading…)
Eighteen holes separate Adam Scott from capturing the Australian Open title and completing the coveted “Triple Crown.” The only player who poses a threat is two-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who is still winless this year.
After Scott posted a four-under 68 in the third round on Saturday, he took a four-shot lead over McIlroy, who struggled early in the round but rallied to shoot a two-under 70 and keep a bit of pressure on Scott for the final round. (continue reading…)
Happy Thanksgiving to all. I hope everyone (in America) is stuffing their faces with fattening foods, which make us distinctly American. You know, like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing, just to name a few of my favorites.
I’m thankful for so many things and people in 2013 that I could write a book, so I’ll narrow it down to the events and individuals in golf that I most appreciate, but first and foremost, I’d like to to thank the WUP readers and all my social media followers for your continued support (and sometimes even trolling). I also don’t know what I’d do without my encouraging mentors and friends in the business.
Oh, I can’t forget the naysayers, either, since without them I don’t know if I would’ve gotten as far in my career as I have today — thanks for always providing challenges and obstacles that I’ve always used to motivate me to work harder and be even better.
Finally, many thanks to my very competent team — Conor Nagle, who has moved on to bigger and better things as a big-time editor at Ireland’s largest publishing house, and head researcher Shoshana Agus-Kleinman, along with the other behind-the-scenes folks who help keep WUP readable and running.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you, readers — this site wouldn’t exist without your continued support. Okay, now onto the golf-related events in 2013 that I’m most thankful for… (continue reading…)
As I promised in Part 1, I’d share my personal experiences with testing the new Nike products on the uncharacteristically cold and breezy day at TPC Summerlin in Vegas.
I was one of the few crazy people who decided to play a few holes in the tough conditions because I wanted to provide the best review possible for you, the readers (it’s all about *you guys*, after all!), which I’m paying for now with a fever and cold. No big deal, though! — it’s part of the job! (continue reading…)
As you may recall, I was in China a few weeks ago covering The Match at Mission Hills Haikou Resort — which is located on Hainan Island, often dubbed the “Hawaii of the East” — between world no. 1 Tiger Woods and “former world no. 1″ Rory McIlroy.
I was also fortunate enough to experience all that the impressive five-star resort, which boasts 10 unique golf courses, 220 volcanic mineral spring pools, Asia’s largest spa and an array of restaurants, had to offer, including several rounds of golf — though I wished I had been able to play more than that. (continue reading…)
Caddie-player duo Billy Foster and Lee Westwood are set for an emotional reunion at Tiger Woods’ exhibition, the World Challenge, next month. The pair split in 2012 after a freak accident that left Foster in crutches for too long for Westwood to wait, despite initially pledging that he’d wait for Foster to recover. Six months later, that dreaded phone call came and it was like a break-up from hell for the longtime looper.
Foster, who returned to work this year caddying for Brendan Grace, and Westwood have mended fences and decided to rebuild their relationship, according to The Telegraph‘s Jamie Corrigan: (continue reading…)
Rory McIlroy has been embroiled several unfortunate controversial situations this year, but one of them was finally put to rest on Sunday. McIlroy and his former sponsor Oakley “amicably” settled a legal dispute, according to the Irish golfer via a somewhat amusing statement on his website: (continue reading…)
As many of you already know, I spent a few days with Nike Golf last week in Beaverton, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada, for the equipment company’s annual Innovation Summit, where they launched their latest designs and creations with apparel, shoes, balls and clubs, most notably, the Covert 2.0 family.
What I learned? Nike makes an incredibly solid product across the board. I know, right? — shocking! (And no, I’m not getting paid to say this, though Nike Golf did sponsor the trip.) I’ll share my personal experiences in testing the product in “Part 2,” but for now, check out my interviews with Nike athletes and photos and info from the presentations. (continue reading…)