Rory Admits Spieth As Strong Rival

It’s true that Rory McIlroy is the numero uno golfer at the moment but the Irish legend seems to be a true sportsman when it comes to approving other champions of the game. The Northern Irishman has already hailed the rising game of the Masters champ Jordan Spieth & has openly admitted him as his genuine strong rival.
In one his latest interviews, the great Irish golfer acknowledged that he would need to be more serious about the game if he has to retain his #1 stature in the international golf.
A couple of weeks post his best-ever game at Augusta, very upbeat Rory got back to South Carolina for a Nike-sponsored event last Friday where he was completely open regarding his own feat & also that of Jordan in quite a revealing interview session.

“I am pretty aware that he working really hard to snatch away the numero uno stature from me”, remarked Rory pointing to a strong competition before him put forward by Jordan.
“Thus, I have to put my hardest best to retain my top position.”

McIlroy showered rave reviews on Jordan, who is surely the most loved darling in American sport. “The major point is that he’s too good while compared to us”, continued Rory admiring Spieth’s achievement of the prestigious green jacket.

It was the Nike event where the Irish golf champ spoke publicly about his 4th place finish for the 1st time. He was satisfied with his endeavors in completing Grand Slam.

“I draw good lot of positive spirit from that”, he remarked.

“I played good for last forty-five holes & it was a fantastic weekend for me. It is the very first Masters event where I could shot under the par in each round & came up with my best ever finish.”

Rory McIlroy should not feel pressure, says Watson

In terms of characteristics, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy are absolutely poles apart.

However, if anyone is perfectly positioned to explain the pressures that come with winning the Masters title to the Ulsterman, it is the world number two, who has won the fabled jug twice in his career.

The left hander succeeded in securing the title twice in three years between 2012 and 2013, but it is the one that he didn’t win, the one in 2013 which was secured by Adam Scott that taught him the most the most important lessons about handling pressure situations that arises out of winning a major at the legendary Augusta National.

This year’s major season kicks off with the Masters in a month’s time and Watson is already looking forward to it. However, the world number one added that he doesn’t feel any pressure right now because he has already two green jackets in his locker. For the 25 year old Rory McIlroy though, things are a bit different.

He is looking to complete a grand slam of major wins by securing the title at the Augusta National and write his name into golfing folklore. Watson is one man who stands between the Northern Irishman and his ambitions, yet, the world number does offer some advice to his peer.

He said that between him and McIlroy, he would say that it would be McIlroy who would be under more pressure.

However, he feels it is not pressure because Rory McIlroy is trying to achieve something and to term it as pressure would be unfair.

He accepts that he would be under pressure if it were the other way round because everyone wants to win the grand slam but he says Rory has time on his hands and so, he shouldn’t think about it that much.

Rory McIlroy phones cannot be inspected, says High Court

World number one Rory McIlroy has been granted a huge relief after the High Court refused the applications filed by his former management team Horizon Sports Management Ltd. Asking for orders so that his mobile phone can be inspected.

Similar applications had been made by two more management teams with which the golfer had signed an agreement with to represent him, Canovan Management Services and Gurteen Ltd.

The order, passed by Justice Raymond Fullam refuses to pass orders for the inspection of his telephone bills as well as the inspection of the mobile phone of Donal Casey, a consultant who would go on to become the CEO of Rory McIlroy Inc. and the golfer’s personal assistant Sean O’Flaherty.

In the reserved judgement passed by the court, the judge said that the three companies had filed an application for expert inspection of at least mobile phones as well as any computers that has been used by the golfer between 2011 and 2013.

According to Justice Fullam, the proposal for inspection included any and every device that Rory McIlroy might have used, of which there is no proper evidence.

The applications were filed by the three companies last year ahead of the advance hearing of the Northern Irish golfer’s claim that he is entitled to reject an agreement agreed in December 2011 with the companies on the grounds that they were improvident.

The claims made by the companies say that Rory McIlroy may have wiped clean at least eight mobile phones that may have contained valuable legal information regarding his action against his former sports management company.

The claims also say that Casey and O’Flaherty also performed a factory resetting of their phones as well as that of the golfer’s father, Gerry McIlroy but all those claims have been thrown out of court.

Mcllroy Is In Huge Praise Of Captain

While the American team saw Phil Mickelson drawing sparks because of his ill comments on Ryder Cup USA Captain, the European squad witnessed a completely different picture.

World’s #1 golfer Rory Mcllroy was seen in huge praise of his captain and even hailed him as “fantastic” as he went on to command Ryder Cup for Europe.

According to Rory it’s the detailed attention of the Irishman (Paul McGinley) that has assisted to secure the 8th win for Europe in ten Ryder Cups.

“Paul has been the best wonderful captain ever”, remarked Rory.

“I feel that I am speaking on part of all 12 golfers in the team – he was just fantastic.”

The 47-year-old McGinley had taken a cue from erstwhile Man U manager Sir Ferguson who used to address his team before the start of every tournament.

“From the day 1 we came here, his speeches, his videos have been really inspirational and so the entire imagery in team room as well as the personnel he made us talk to. It’s all a part of a brilliant plan, all to pep us up to win Ryder Cup this year. He was really meticulous in all his plans & did not leave any stone unturned.”

Paul’s side led ten-six going into final day & Europe needed 4 points to get hold of the prestigious trophy which they claimed couple of years back- but again they won 5 matches & halved 3 more to come up with a very comfortable triumph.

41-year-old Lee Westwood, who was in his 9th Ryder Cup, admired Paul saying that the captain has founded the needed blueprint for upcoming European captains for this eminent Cup. On the other hand, the famous Spaniard golfer Sergio Garcia remarked that Paul has actually modernized the very role of a captain.

McGinley right to break up Rory McIlroy pairing, says McDowell

Graeme McDowell believes European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley made the right call by not pairing him up with compatriot Rory McIlroy.

There was a lot of talk before the event that the two compatriots would not be paired up together for the first time in three Ryder Cups and in the end Paul McGinley decided that it would be better to break up the pairing.

And McDowell believes this was the right call as the two of them did not have a record that was overwhelmingly brilliant over the past two editions of the event and at best, the two of them could have played a couple of foursomes. He also hailed the decision making of McGinley throughout the event and considers the win for Team Europe as a testimony to his skills as a skipper.

There was a lot of talk prior to the event about how Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell would deal with being paired together considering the litigation that the world number one filed against the sports management company that the two of them had set up a few years back. And although both the players had openly said that they had patched their differences up, McGinley decided it was in the best interest of the team to not pair them up.

Rory McIlroy was paired thrice with Sergio Garcia and once with Ian Poulter and his record of 1-1-2 was quite impressive while G-Mac was teamed with Victor Dubuisson.

McDowell also mentioned that over the last four editons of the tournament, he has been quite lucky in terms of his partners, having had played Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and his compatriot McIlroy and he believes those are quite the partners in crime and he is lucky and proud to have been able to play with them.

Jason Dufner

In his early career, Jason Dufner struggled to hold down a place on the PGA Tour. He became a member of the PGA Tour in 2004 and the Nationwide Tour in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. Dufner won two events during his time on the Nationwide Tour, the BUY.COM Wichita Open in 2001 and the LaSalle Bank Open in 2006.
In 2009, Dufner finished in the top-10 on six occasions, including a third place finish at the RBC Canadian Open, and a runner up place at the Deutsche Bank Championship, part of the FedEx Cup playoffs. As a result Dufner went on to finish the year 11th in the FedEx Cup standings and 33rd on the year’s money list.
Jason Dufner had a less successful 2010 season, recording only two top-10 finishes. However, his best finish of the year came in a major championship, at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. In 2011, Dufner had a chance to win his first PGA Tour title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale when he finished tied for the lead at 18-under-par after 72 holes, before eventually losing in a playoff to Mark Wilson.
At the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta, Dufner was in contention to win his first major and maiden PGA Tour title, when he entered the final round in the last group but lost out Keegan Bradley after he made triple bogey.
Dufner continued his good form in 2012 by sharing the 36-hole lead at the Masters, but faded on the weekend to finish T24.Three weeks later at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Dufner won for the first time on the PGA Tour in his 164th start when he defeated Ernie Els on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
Jason Dufner won his maiden major championship at the 2013 PGA Tournament with a two-stroke victory at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.

It Is Painful Injury Of The Neck For Jason Duffner

Two discs of the bulging neck are what are seen on Jason Duffner. He did not learn and get to know about the diagnosis and he announced his participation in a charity donation at the Bridgestone Invitational at WGC.

His play of erratic nature being questioned from time has found an explanation which is the injury. This season’s PGA Tour revealed the nature of his neck injury. A steroid injection had been injected on his neck while preparing for the Country Club at Firestone. The cause of the injury is not explained and discussed in detail. The inflammation will be cleared up with the relieve of injection.

Settling down of the roots of nerve is congenial to make the injury better. Grabbing of the muscles will also stop after some time. The problem becomes difficult without sleep and adequate nourishment. He thought that it is the pain of the shoulder which he is suffering from. The symptoms seemed to be same and that is why the confusion.

At the U.S Open the injury was worst as it got aggravated. He was unable to make the cut at 80. In other tournaments too he missed to make the cut. Finishes of two top 10 under his belt is what will give him confidence to go in the tournament with injury. He will be trying to defend his title at the Championship of PGA.

He is under pressure to get back to form fully fit and healthy. Some of the majors have not given him the desired result. A charity is what he is reclaiming for. He plans to have the foundation in Northeast Ohio. He wants to be involved locally. A new patch of the memorial is also what is seen on his bag.

It Is Injury Prone For Jason Duffner

It is not just Tiger Wood s who is dealing with injury being a former champion of PGA. The approach of a player for the tournament becomes difficult when he is battling from an injury. Duffner was diagnosed recently with neck bulging with two disks which is continuing from April.

It is a known fact then that why he is not being able to weigh it down on the expectations in 2014. Probably, this year is not going to be a crowning glory for him. His first title of the major at the Championship of PGA in 2013 will give him enough energy to defend the title at this week in the Golf Club, Louisville. It is not the injury which will let him down most probably.

Dip pinching is what Duffner is famous for playing golf with. He has the ability to stick around with 18 holes without a change of the emotion or any change in the facial expression. His score remained constant with 7 scaling it down from 1 to 10. On the course of the golf nothing is shown. The discussion regarding the surgery is not revealed much but it does make a big impact on the style of playing.

Lack of adequate sleep and restlessness is making him weak. No sleep, certainly does not work in golf. In the three seasons previously his performance was much talked about and better. It was in the week of the masters that he discovered the neck pain. Top 10 finish is something commendable in 2014 with the injury.

Starts of the last four have not been good so far. Entry to Valhalla might bring positive results into his performance. The start has been decent but only when starting off with Augusta the struggle has begun.

Rickie Fowler Displays Style And Substance On Course With His Best Major Finish

Rickie Fowler created news this Sunday, sporting a golf cap featuring PUMA on it, and also in a puma branded T shirt. Quite fresh in his career, Fowler finished at his very best in a major tournament, at a tie for the 2nd spot at this year’s US Open. He was also holding in his hand a Red Bull can, which is another brand he endorses.

Fowler turned a pro back in 2009 and Fowler as a product has definitely outperformed what Fowler is as a performer. Since 2009 he has only bagged a single PGA tour win, and his huge fan base started dressing up in his signature color, which is orange.

It is quite simple to be blinded by his fascinating tangerine dream; however, his popularity is partly because of the deft marketing.

In the absence of the Tiger Woods, now injured, golf needed a superstar, who makes things interesting enough, even to non-followers, since the first 2 major tournaments this year, didn’t have much spice.

However, Fowler cannot be blamed bur this. Erik Compton is also faultless, who tied for 2nd with Fowler. Then comes Kaymer, who talks that extra half an hour during his interviews, providing full paragraph answers, when others love to wrap it up in a sentence or two.

Kaymer commented that he usually explains, since he wants people to get what he si talking about. If they don’t understand, there lies misunderstandings and people write whatever they want to. He prefers to a tad bit longer, and explain the topic well, than let them make up something unnecessarily. He further added laughing that he likes to be in control in times like this.

Fowler, now 25 cares a lot about how other golfer have been performing since his 2012 victory at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Olazabal backs Adrian Otaegui

When just being a 19 year old Adrian Otaegui earned all the privileges of playing the European tour in 2012, he stunned the entire golf world because he was the one of the youngest players to do so. Otaegui, the winner of the 2010 British Boys Champion, is one of the youngest Spaniard who won an European Tour card.

Golf legend Jose Maria Ozalbal in his comment on Otaegui has recently said, “I know Adrian very well, and I have given tips and trained him on quite a few occasions. He is a very talented golfer and is young. He has the zest to learn too. He is mentally very tough and can show a decent performance in the short game as well, but at the same time he has to work hard in his game as there is the need to hit hard in the modern playing of golf.”

Otaegui, who can fluently speak a couple f languages such as Spanish, English, French, originally hails from the Basque region of Spain. Otaegui, when he started his career, went to South Africa for his debut venture as a professional golfer in the Challenge Tour in 2012.
“I am looking forward to play in the European Card. From the Challenge Tour I learnt a lot. Tour school also helped me in learning several things, I need to work hard as I enter the professional world of golf,” Otaegui said.

There are a couple of golf legends in the world who started their career being as young as Otaegui now and among them the names of Seve Ballesteros, Segio Garcia, Jammie Cunningham are famous. Now the fans and followers of Adrian Otaegui are looking forward to whether the young golfer can stand to the expectations of Olazabal.