Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Jul
9
2017

Jon Rahm added to his growing legend with his runaway six-shot victory at the Irish Open at Portstewart GC. The 22-year-old Spaniard fired an impressive seven-under 65 in the final round — and he even missed a three-footer on the 72nd hole — to post 24-under for the championship, breaking the tournament scoring record by three strokes.

Rahm started the final round tied for the lead with American Daniel Im, both of whom posted 54-hole totals of 17-under. But Rahm quickly took control on the front nine, beginning with a hole-out eagle from the fairway on the par-5 4th hole to take the outright lead by two.

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Oct
25
2012
By Conor Nagle under Rory McIlroy

A man in desperate search of a solution.

Graeme McDowell is, by whatever metric you care to apply, a bright and articulate individual. Self-aware in a way few athletes are, he makes for a shrewd and canny interviewee. Measured, non-confrontational: he usually excels at tip-toeing through minefields.

Consider it indicative, then, of the extent to which the question of Northern identity remains one with no easy answers that mere mention of the 2016 Olympics can reduce a speaker of McDowell’s abundant ability to the crudest buck-passing.

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Sep
10
2012

Pathetic fallacy: these dark clouds represent controversy.

Having just sealed his third PGA Tour victory in a little under a month and, in the process, consolidated his place at the summit of the world rankings, Rory McIlroy began yesterday evening’s press commitments at the BMW Championship in ebullient mood.

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Sep
10
2012

Guys, this is a tough one...what a headache

Rory McIlroy has always answered questions to the press as honestly as possible — one of his most endearing qualities. However, there is one sensitive issue that the 23-year-old from Northern Ireland has avoided giving a straight answer: With golf’s re-entrance to the Olympics in 2016, will he represent Ireland or Great Britain?

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Oct
2
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Whoo-ey!

Guess which player from Northern Ireland won the Dunhill Links Championship? Rory McIlroy? Nope, try again. Graeme McDowell? Wrong again. Then who? Michael Hoey (pronounced Who-eey) held off McIlroy by two shots despite the 22-year-old’s brilliant early run. McDowell followed his fellow countrymen with a tie for third.

Pretty impressive for three guys from a rather small country to finish 1-2-3, not to mention the recent success of Ulstermen in world golf.

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