Last week, there were many eyebrows when Irish golfer Rory McIlroy missed a cut for the very 1st time in twenty five events just after his revelation of a ten year deal with Nike which could be around US$ 250 million.
Tony Dabbs, the Nike product line manager, attending the 60th PGA Merchandise event, was not really surprised when he was questioned about the misfortune of Rory McIlroy. Dabbs said that this thing takes time. With any player it takes time, and he just had a week before to the championship to get used to the new stuff.
Rory, who comes back to the Honda Classic event as the defending champ from 28th February to 3rd March, clambered with driver and around the course in carding a couple of 75s. Both Rory and Woods who changed to Nike golf clubs around ten years ago – missed the cut in Abu Dhabi. Rory’s frustration topped out when he changed his old putter in the 2nd round.
Dabbs stated that this thing is not abnormal, the same thing happened with Tiger. This is a comfort as well as feel situation, and this is going to take some time. They know that Rory would go back when he is ready. Dabbs said that Nike handed Tiger a brand new putter few years ago which also needed time to make the transition.
Martin Hall said that Rory would be fine. He would work it out. He is too good not to. One could give him a spade and he would find a way to hit it.
Even after missing the cut in Middle East, both Rory McIlroy and US golfer Tiger Woods are in the top positions on teh World Rankings. While Rory is at number one position, Tiger is in the second spot.
Rory missed the cut in Abu Dhabi but in fact his issues were more basic in general compared to Tiger Woods. He was surprisingly wayward on his way to his 2nd back to back seventy five. Rory said that he knew that it would be a real tough week, but he was just looking ahead to getting to the golf course and getting back to what he does and what he is comfortable with. He added that he wanted it to be a stellar week with his brand new clubs, but it just doesn’t always work out like that. He was actually hitting the ball quite well last week in Dubai practice and just sort of gradually got worse this week for some reason.
McIlroy had started off as the favourite to win the whole tournament according to the online betting geniuses at Unibet, but unfortunatley he didn’t even make it into the top 48 golfers?! (I’m just lucky I didn’t have a bet online like I normally do!)
Thorbjorn Olesen and runner up Justin Rose, both of whom missed the birdie opportunities to drive a play off, now stand forty second and 4th in the world ranking list respectively. US golfer Brian Gay, whose closing sixty three handed him a win at California’s Humana Challenge following a play off with another US player Charles Howell as well as Sweden golfer David Lingmerth – leaps from 296th to 116th in the brand new ranking.
Ireland golf player Rory McIlroy started the 2012 season with positive results, and finished the season as the king of golf. The twenty three year old golfer from Holywood became victorious 4 – times this year, including getting his 2nd major title the US PGA Championship.
He became the 2nd youngest golfer to reach the number one position in the world ranking. He played a very crucial role to defend the Ryder Cup title for Europe and he also hit the money list on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Irish golf player also impressed everyone with his easy going manner. He is a very confident and hard working golfer. He knows his abilities and has a will to put a hard work in a golf range. At such a tender age (for a good golfer), Rory can expect that he dominate the world of golf for at least a decade.
In 2012 season, everything was not light and sweet for this young golfer. He had a strong start this year; recently he told that he took his eyes off the ball. He missed 4 cuts in 5 outings and one of those was the Us Open, where he failed to defend his title.
But later, he returned with a bang with a win at the US PGA by 8 shots. After that he also won the Race to Dubai event where he was just brilliant and more than that, present golfers agree that is the best golf player around right now.
The current world number one golfer Rory McIlroy has been named as the 2012 BBC Northern Ireland’s Sports Personality of the Year. Rory, who secured his 2nd major championship title in the year 2012, received that BBC NI honor for the 2nd year in a row.
Twenty three year old McIlroy told that it is really nice to have been recognized, mainly back at home. He told that he already thrilled to start the 2013 season fresh. He is really motivated to play better and get more titles next year.
Rory stated that his success has been a mixture of winning different tournaments throughout the year as well as playing good in all the top tournaments. Each year Ireland or Northern Ireland brings some great moments in sports and it is lovely that people have recognized his achievement.
The judging panel – Shane Glynn (Editor Sport BBC NI), Steven Beacom (Belfast Telegraph Sports Editor and Thomas Hawkins (Irish News Sports Editor) had a real tough job of selecting a winner from something that was really a good year for local sport.
Rory McIlroy topped the list that had 6 sporting personalities with Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth at joint second. The other sports figures on the list were AP McCoy (jockey), Jim McGuinness and Olympics bronze medal winning boxer Paddy Barnes.
Sport BBC NI Shane Glynn told that this was really great year for sports; and local sporting heroes played a big role in making 2012 an unforgettable year.
Storms seem to be at daggers ends with Rory McIlroy’s road to winning tournaments. The previous tournament was also shortened to three rounds due to torrential rain and McIlroy was disappointed.
The same thing repeated at the Singapore tournament when he was level par after making eight holes. The only speck of hope that can help him win the Singapore Open now is the chance that Justin Rose and Brandan Grace have created by not participating in the Singapore Open. McIlroy also has a chance in the Hong Kong event as well because these two players are not playing in this one too.
Rory McIlroy missed the WGC Champions event held in China the previous week to the Singapore event in order to cheer for her tennis-player girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at the tournament of Champions in Bulgaria. At the Singapore event, he started off his performance with a bogey and then went on to do a birdie at the fourth and fifth shot and dropped his second shot of the round. Just then the sirens went off for approaching dark clouds and the event was called off to his utter despair. McIlroy had been going great and would have made it even better if the clouds had not gathered in.
Currently world number one Rory McIlroy has had to face lot of questions regarding skipping the WGC champions. He defended it by saying it was not possible for a player to play every week. Besides, he also added that he just had to miss the event out because he was stressed after the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup and needed a timeout to keep the balance. He is also planning to reduce the number of events he would participate in from the next year.
The current world number one Rory McIlory clinches his third PGA Tour win this year as he won the Deutsche Bank Championship. It hasn’t been a smooth one for Mcllory. He was three shots behind the leaderboard when he entered the final round. But he managed to overcome the shortage in five holes after getting into the final round. He recorded a 4-under 67 score to secure his win by one shot over the South African Louis Oosthuizen.
McIlory now holds the record of winning three events at the PGA Tour along with Tiger Woods. He has also registered a win at the PGA Championship this year. Now that must be enough for the critics to elect him as the Player of the Year. McIlory is now in a comfortable position at the points table as he maintains a secure distance from the no. 2.
The 23 year old Northern Irish, Rory McIlory, set a lead of three shots in the 12th hole and then in the 17th hole he recorded a clutch bogey putt which brought the Deutsche Bank Championship for him. Talking about experience, McIlory said that he was a bit nervous but then he did exactly what was needed and he was happy for it. On the other hand, Oosthuizen, who suffered a pain in the right shoulder, told that the 17th hole decided the game in favor of McIlory when he himself missed an easy chance. McIlory capitalized on this and hit a sublime bogey putt from 5 foot which gave him the one shot lead.
Rory McIlory finished 20-under 264 and now he is on the top of the FedEx Cup leaderboard which means he will be given the chance to have go at the $10 million bonus when he starts his journey at the Tour Championship later this month.
Former world number one in golf Rory McIlroy has admitted that he understands exactly how Aussie golfer Adam Scott feels after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of veteran South African golfer Ernie Els on the final day of the British Championship, after leading the event throughout. The Northern Irishman has offered words of encouragement and support for the 32 year old, after he blew the title on the final day by a single stroke.
McIlroy suffered a collapse similar to the one suffered by Scott two months before he won the US Open last year, as he squandered a lead of 4 shots heading into the final 18 holes of the Augusta Masters of 2011. Having begun with a 65 in the first round at Augustan, the then 21 year old managed to close the round on a high 80, eventually finishing 10 shots behind the winner. And having slipped to third in the golf rankings after the British Championship, Rory McIlroy added that Scott must be going through exactly the same phase that he went through a year back.
And speaking about his performance at The Open this year, McIlroy was extremely disappointed, having come with high hopes, only to finish with an eight over par. But he admitted that this was nothing compared to the disappointment that Adam Scott must be feeling after bogeying the last four holes to finish a stroke behind Ernie Els. And McIlroy took to the social media Twitter to explain that he understood how the Australian might be feeling and explained that it was not a good one.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has expressed his excitement at golf making its debut at the Olympic Games in Rio in Brazil in 2016, and added that he will also be in London during this year’s Olympics.
Last week was filled with excitements for Rory Mcllrroy because he was preparing hard to achieve something that no one has done in the last 23 years and that is, defending successfully at the US open.
The last player to perform this hard task was Curtis Strange and that also in the year 1989. It was the converting manner of strange’s Irish victory at the congressional in the last year. Everyone started believing that he was capable enough of back to back win.
In recent tournaments he has three missed cuts but in his current form he is having casting doubts. Though he showed improvement last week at the St Jude Classic in Memphis, but a poor form is not the finest ways to come into the Olympic Club.
This 23 year world number two believes that getting time for playing in the extra match will help him move one step further and when he has taken time off for preparation, it is best to play such games. He said in a recent conversation that this is not like this is the fourth tournament in a row and he is in some sort of disputation, but it drains you to some extent and also it takes out a lot both mentally and physically.
Starting weeks were not that tiring because he was on the range of hitting balls but now he is feeling like he had great four days up here. The soon he got to Memphis, he felt like he was straight into the finals and prior to Memphis he got some time to spend for getting pointers from the great golf legend Jack Nicklause, who spend a few days testing the changes that took place at the Olympic Club Layout in San Francisco.
Irishman Rory McIlroy will begin the US PGA Players Championship, the unofficial fifth Major of Golf as the world’s number one golfer having overtaken Luke Donald last week, for the second time in as many months to become the top golfer in the world.
It is almost as if life has come full circle for the 23 year old golfer who was, not so long ago, overtaken with emotions at the prospect of meeting his boyhood idol and former world number one Tiger Woods, after whom he modeled his game and much of his swing.
Speaking of his first meeting with The Tiger, McIlroy stated that the first time he met with his idol, he was almost star struck and didn’t know what to say or do, whether to shake his hand or act in a nonchalant manner, breaking into a laugh as he said it. Rory McIlroy added that he had been watching Woods on the television as a youngster, seeing him lift Major titles as a teenager and doing things that almost no one could even imagine of doing and as a result, he felt almost overawed when he first saw him.
He went further stating that nervousness is the word that aptly describes how he felt when he met Tiger. He said that he was discussing this with some of his mates and admitted that he felt more nervous about meeting Tiger Woods than he did when he met the President of the United States of America Barack Obama, with whom he had dinner when he was invited to the White House.
Having just turned 23 years of age, Rory McIlroy turned the clock back eight years when the then 15 year old had his first meeting with his idol at a putting studio of Scott Cameron ,a moment that he still holds dear to him.
Golf’s world number one player might not have won the World Golf Championship: Cadillac Championships at Doral, Miami in the United States of America but between teeing up on the famous TPC Blue Monster on the weekend and scoring a decent run on the score card, Rory McIlroy seemed to think that Doral and its’ Blue Monster has lost much of its charm over the years and having been a venue for the famous Championship for more than 51 straight years now, this comes as a surprise for the famous tee off spot.
McIlroy, who recently became the world’s top ranked golfer replacing Englishman Luke Donald referred to the Blue Monster as a ‘resort course’ and called it outdated for the players who play in the PGA Tour today and called on the authorities to do something about it immediately if they intended to keep on getting the top players in the world to play there.
And it was not only the world number one who was aggrieved; Bubba Watson and Justin Rose also agreed with the world number one Rory McIlroy, stating that the factors that led them to go astray on the course during their turns was not related to the difficulty of the course. Watson echoed McIlroy when he stated that the course used to challenging, and was even scary at one point but not anymore.
McIlroy wants the authorities that look after the course to do something about the soft greens that they have laid the course with and he believes that a slight remodeling won’t do the course much harm. Whether the authorities agree with Rory McIlroy is another issue but the fact that the world’s number one has called for changes should be considered seriously by the people who are responsible for the well being of the course.