Tag Archives: Rory McIlroy

Apr
27
2015

As if this week’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship isn’t grueling enough, with the possibility of players competing in up to seven matches at TPC Harding Park. Nonetheless, Rory McIlroy plans to go out of his way to sit ringside for Saturday’s blockbuster fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

If McIlroy advances to the semifinals after Saturday’s matches, he will still fly (private, duh) to watch the fight, according to the Daily Mail.

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Apr
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

In his Masters debut, Jordan Spieth entered the final round tied for the lead with Bubba Watson, but the then-20-year-old Texan wasn’t able to close out and let his first green jacket slip through his fingers. Just a year later, Spieth, who held a four-shot lead heading into Sunday, got his redemption and closed the deal at Augusta National, completing a wire-to-wire victory — the first since Raymond Floyd in 1976 — to capture his first green jacket as well as his first major championship. And, it was one for the ages as Spieth tied, set and broke various records.

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Apr
11
2015
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

 

Another day, another scoring record set by Jordan Spieth. The 21-year-old Texan fired a two-under 70 to post a total of 16-under, 200, for the lowest 54-hole score in Masters history, breaking the previous record held by none other than Tiger Woods in 1997 and Raymond Floyd in 1976.

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Mar
22
2015

Rory McIlroy had his final tune-up for the Masters, which takes place in two weeks time and where he’ll go in as the overwhelming favorite. McIlroy shot a lackluster two-under 70 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Despite his uninspired play this week, he still finished tied for 11th at 11-under total for the tournament and felt like he made some progress before he heads into the season’s first major.

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Mar
21
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

 

Just when it appeared like Rory McIlroy was kicking off another one of his hot runs to possibly take over the top of the leaderboard, he hit a couple stumbling blocks in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The world no. 1 birdied nos. 12 and 13 to get him within one shot of the leader at the time before he let a few shots get away from him, resulting in three consecutive bogeys. What a momentum killer.

McIlroy, who shot a ho-hum one-under 71, finished at nine-under, putting him in a tie for 12th and seven shots behind 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson headed into Sunday’s final round at Bay Hill. What a difference five or so holes can make.

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Mar
20
2015

After posting a two-under 70 on Thursday, McIlroy said he needed to clean up a few parts of his game and make more putts the next day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Well, turns out he kept his promise.

McIlroy didn’t quite put on the same ballstriking clinic as he did in the first round, but he had the rock rolling on Friday at Bay Hill, posting a six-under 66 to surge up the leaderboard.

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Mar
19
2015

The other week, Rory McIlroy said during the WGC-Cadillac Championship, referring to his golf game, “There’s no need to panic.” In his first two starts on U.S. soil thus far in 2015, he missed the cut at the Honda Classic and then notched a back-door top-10 (T9) finish at Doral — but he didn’t play anywhere up to the world’s no. 1’s high standards. After the slow start to the season, McIlroy saw progress in his game in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In the interim — when he wasn’t playing golf with Tom Brady at Augusta National — his swing coach Michael Bannon paid him a visit last week to help McIlroy work on his game. 

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Mar
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy’s finishing hole at Trump National Doral summed up his week. After knocking his drive into the drink, McIlroy then hit *that* club — yep, his famous 3-iron — into the water guarding the left side of the par-4 18th. He chipped in to post a double-bogey six and finish with an even-par 72 in the final round of the Cadillac Championship.

Despite not playing up to the high standards as the world’s no. 1 golfer, McIlroy managed to place in a tie for ninth for a sneaky top 10. However, his game still needs quite a bit of work if he wants to contend and win next month’s Masters to complete the Rory Slam.

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Mar
8
2015
Donald Trump hands Rory McIlroy his famed 3-iron on the range Sunday afternoon

Trump hands McIlroy his famed 3-iron on the range Sunday afternoon (Photo via PGATourmedia’s Twitter)

When Rory McIlroy showed up to the driving range on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump was already there waiting for him. Trump walked up to McIlroy, shook his hand and then handed him his 3-iron that the world’s no 1 golfer had thrown into the lake out of frustration on the par-5 8th hole during Friday’s second round at the Cadillac Championship. 

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