Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy had their best start ever Thursday in The Players Championship. It still wasn’t enough to catch Roberto Castro, who had never played the TPC Sawgrass and made a debut he won’t soon forget. Read More
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Once the frost thawed, Rory McIlroy was back at work Wednesday morning trying to find a swing he could trust and repeat.
McIlroy hasn't looked anything like the No. 1 player in golf this year, and now he's not. That spot belongs to Tiger Woods again after winning for the third time in two months to establish himself as the favorite going into the Masters.
None of this bothers McIlroy. Read More
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Rory McIlroy repelled an early onslaught by Ian Poulter before cruising to his second major title by a record eight shots at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
The 23-year-old McIlroy, who started the final round with a three-shot lead, needed only 23 putts as he carded a flawless 6-under-par 66 that gave him a 13-under total of 275 in the year’s last major. Read More
After demolishing the field at the U.S. Open last year, Rory McIlroy admits he’s raised the expectations he has for himself on a weekly basis. Just finishing toward the top of the leaderboard simply isn’t good enough anymore. As for his expectations for throwing out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Giants-Houston Astros game, he brought them down just a bit. Read More
Bubba Watson. Keegan Bradley. Darren Clarke. Rory McIlroy. Charl Schwartzel. Martin Kaymer. Louis Oosthuizen. Graeme McDowell.
In golf’s past eight major championships, eight first-time major winners have emerged victorious.Take it back a step further and there have been 14 different winners in the past 14 majors. Of that group of 14, only Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington have multiple major championships on their résumés. Read More
With rapidly evolving equipment, professional golfers are driving the ball farther than what was humanly possible 14 years ago when the Olympic Club last hosted the U.S. Open. But when Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy tee off at the Lake Course on Thursday, they’ll confront a course that could be more challenging than it was in 1998. Read More
There’s always someone emphasizing the negative, someone reluctant to acknowledge success, someone who looks at what Rory McIlroy did in last year’s U.S. Open, lapping the field as it were, and suggests the course wasn’t that difficult or the other golfers went about things improperly. Read More
Six weeks now. Six weeks until America’s golfing championship returns to that place known as the Graveyard of Legends, San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where the chill settles, the fog swirls and expectations end up buried like a ball in the thick rough.
Olympic, alongside the Great Highway, a couple hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean, where the first hole runs atop the San Andreas fault and the last hole has a green fronted by bunkers that look very much like the letters I-O-U. Read More
The questions are repetitive. And irritating. What’s wrong with United States golfers, or tennis players? Why are the best in the world from England or Serbia or Northern Ireland?
Maybe a better question is, does it matter? When did the U.S. Open or Wimbledon become like the Giants-Dodgers rivalry or Stanford vs. Cal? Would a U.S. golf fan rather see Rory McIlroy than Boo Weekley? Or Weekley because he’s from America, even if he’s not a major champion? Read More
This Open is closed, shut tight, impenetrably by the new genius of a golfer, Rory McIlroy. Record numbers, remarkable play. And now the focus shifts to the West, to San Francisco, to the Olympic Club, where America’s golfing championship will be on display next year.
We thought what Tiger Woods did at Pebble Beach in the 2000 U.S. Open was unapproachable — 12-under par and a 15-shot margin. But this weekend, McIlroy not only approached, he obliterated. Read More