Tag Archives: Rory McIlroy

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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Mar
6
2015

As most of you have seen by now, Rory McIlroy flung his 3-iron into the water hazard on the par-5 8th after his initial attempt found the drink that guards that left side of the hole. McIlroy still managed to make bogey and posted a two-under 70, putting him in a tie for 11th at the halfway mark of the Cadillac Championship.

McIlroy admitted that he let his emotions get the best of him during his round at the Trump National Doral, particularly on no. 8, but he was also able to find humor in his so-called faux pas.

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Mar
6
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

[See updated story with quotes HERE.]

Rory McIlroy certainly didn’t like the shot he hit just before his epic club throw on the par-5 8th during the second round of the Cadillac Championship. McIlroy dumped his approach shot into the water guarding the left side of the hole, and his 3-iron promptly followed it into the drink — I’d say he got at least a good 30 yards on it.

Check out that technique! That turn! That extension! That torque! That release!

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Mar
5
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For the second week in a row, Rory McIlroy got off to another rough start in the first round at the Cadillac Championship. McIlroy, who started on no. 10, made a couple of mistakes that led to a four-over 40 on his first nine. However, he was able to turn it around during a stretch on the second nine to keep the damage under control and post a one-over 73, which wasn’t too terrible on a difficult, windy day at Trump National Doral.

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Mar
5
2015

Must be nice to be Tom Brady — he goes home to Gisele every day and he leads his team to Super Bowl championships. Besides that, he also gets invitations to play Augusta National with the no. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

(I’m not really sure why I decided to use the picture above, as it’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrating his team’s Super Bowl win at the victory parade in Boston. But I digress.)

Rory McIlroy has planned his annual trip to play Augusta National Golf Club for next week in preparation to get a few rounds under his belt before the season’s first major in April. During his press conference prior to the Cadillac Championship on Wednesday, McIlroy said the trip was more “social.”

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