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 know, I spent the last few days with Nike Golf in Portland and Las Vegas for their ’14 Innovation Summit, where they introduced to us the latest and greatest in their new equipment for the upcoming year (most of which will be available to the public on January 31).
I had the opportunity to test the new RZN ball and Covert 2.0 clubs in an uncharacteristically cold and windy afternoon at TPC Summerlin in Vegas on Friday and I have loads to report, but I also had the chance to sit down with former world no. 1 Rory McIlroy to chat about the new equipment in his bag and the impact it’s had on his game already.
A year ago, Rory McIlroy sat atop the golfing world, fresh off his second major title at the PGA Championship. It’s been a different story in 2013 as the former world no. 1 has dropped to no. 6 in the official world rankings.
His year will be remembered not as much for his somewhat forgettable season and more for incidents like his “toothache” at the Honda Classic and his off-course dramas — whether it was with his ex(?)-girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and parting ways with his management company that has resulted in a nightmarish legal battle.
McIlroy, who is set to defend his title at the Race to Dubai this week, finally spoke publicly about how these distractions have impacted his performance on the golf course, according to the Guardian’s Ewan Murray: (continue reading…)
Apologies for the delay in posting this write-up on The Match at Mission Hills between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods that happened on Monday, which Rory ended up besting Tiger by a shot — not that it mattered since they were both getting a payday of over a million dollars for just showing up.
First of all, much of the reason I traveled all the way to China was to experience the golf and the crowds at the tournaments. Obviously, the Match was an exhibition, so the rules and regulations for the fans were much looser, to say the least, than they will be at this week’s HSBC Champions, which I expect will be more organized and contained. Plus, Tiger isn’t playing there and his presence at Mission Hills is mostly why the throngs were going so nuts — they love “Lao Hu” (Chinese for “Tiger”). (continue reading…)
As I’m in line boarding my flight to Shanghai, I realized I hadn’t put a note up here about my plans — while I have mentioned it on Twitter, but not everyone does social media — and I probably should share with you guys!
I’m heading to China for the next two and a half weeks…to exploit my Chinese-ness and Mandarin-speaking skills. JUST KIDDING. (continue reading…)
Things appear to be looking up for Rory McIlroy. After starting the round ten shots out of contention on Sunday, McIlroy posted a final round four-under 67 to finish T2 (three-under total) at the Kolon Korea Open, where the world no. 6 headlined the fledgling field. However, he had a little bit — actually, quite a lot — of help from a fellow competitor.
McIlroy was near the top of the leaderboard the first two rounds, but blew up with a four-over 75, moving the wrong way on Saturday. Then, playing around six groups behind the ultimate twosome on Sunday, he bounced back to place strong. However, late in the day, a bizarre rules controversy involving the leaders Kim Hyung-tae and Kang Sung-hoon, detracted from the actual golf. (continue reading…)
Two-time major champion Rory McIlroy has officially launched his lawsuit against his former management company in court on Monday in Dublin, according to Britain’s Press Association: (continue reading…)
Apparently, Rory McIlroy decided to heed Gary Player’s advice! Kidding.
77-year-old South African native Gary Player is undoubtedly a bit old school. A few months ago, he made “controversial” comments on Rory McIlroy’s slumping season, saying he needed to find “the right wife” — unlike tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Rory’s current girlfriend of two-plus years.
Well, Player, a nine-time major champ, spoke out again in an interview with ESPN’s Sportscenter and didn’t back off from his earlier remarks:
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) October 10, 2013
President Bill Clinton tweeted the above photo of him and Rory McIlroy after pegging it together.