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    More On: meghan markle Meghan insisted Harry compare her plight to Diana’s, explosive book claims Meghan Markle spurned live-in chef ex after blind date with Harry, book claims Camilla Parker Bowles joked if Meghan, Harry’s baby would have ‘ginger Afro hair,’ new book claims Meghan Markle made Kate Middleton ‘burst into tears’ in bridesmaid fight: book Meghan Markle flirted so hard with Rory McIlroy that her boyfriend demanded to know whether she had cheated on him with the champion golfer, a new book claims. McIlroy, now 33, first met Markle, now 40, after he “unexpectedly” nominated her for the Ice Bucket Challenge — and she insisted he come to her friend’s apartment in New York City to dump the ice on her himself. The August 2014 encounter came just weeks after the Northern Irishman, then 25, won the Open Championship in Britain, Tom Bower writes in his new book: “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors,” which was released in the UK this week. “McIlroy had just split from his blonde fiancée, Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, and...
    OPEN champion Cameron Smith’s move to LIV Golf will be the spark that finally persuades the golfing establishment to start talking to the rebel leaders. Smith, who climbed to second in the world rankings after seeing off Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy at St Andrews, is not expected to take up the £125million LIV offer until September. 5Cameron Smith is expected to make a sensational move to LIV GolfCredit: Reuters 5Rory McIlroy - an outspoken critic of LIV - blew the chance to win a fifth major at The Open last weekendCredit: AP But once he signs on the dotted line, the argument that LIV can only attract has-beens and players from the lower reaches of the world rankings will be blown out of the water. Smith is only 28, and clearly has his best years ahead of him.  And if last year’s Masters winner, Hideki Matsuyama, defects as well,  the rebel tour will boast two of the top 14 players in the game - and the two men who will give them a huge leg up in the lucrative Australasian...
    PAIGE SPIRANAC took to Twitter after Cameron Smith won The Open to congratulate him... and herself. Spiranac was especially pleased with Smith's "historic win" as she picked him as outright winner on Thursday. 2Paige Spiranac congratulated Cameron Smith, whom she predicted to win The Open And the Aussie star proved the former pro golfer right as a string of five birdies on the back nine saw him overcome Rory McIlroy and Cameron Young. Spiranac tweeted: "Congrats to Cam Smith for a historic win. And congrats to myself for picking him to win." The American golfer added: "This Open has been incredible. One for the ages. "This is why we watch and love the game. The passion these guys have to win is what it’s all about. Not money." Read More on GolfROR EMOTION The Open: Rory McIlroy’s salute sets off Tiger Woods’ tears on 18 British superstar McIlroy saw his Major drought stretch into a ninth year at St Andrews. Smith, who became the first Australian to win The Open in 28 years, broke down in tears when speaking...
    Australia's Cameron Smith produced a stunning final round to capture the 150th Open Championship and inflict more major misery on a shell-shocked Rory McIlroy. McIlroy held a two-shot lead midway through the final round at St Andrews and carded a bogey-free closing 70, but that was not enough to end his eight-year drought in the game's biggest tournaments. Smith, who held the halfway lead before falling four off the pace with a third-round 73, fired eight birdies - including five in a row from the 10th - to card his second 64 of the week and finish 20 under par, beating the previous best of 19 under on the Old Course set by Tiger Woods in 2000. Australian Cameron Smith (pictured) is crowned champion of the 150th Open at St Andrews American Cameron Young made a brilliant eagle on the 18th in his closing 65 to force Smith to hole from two feet for his final birdie, leaving McIlroy needing his own eagle to force a four-hole play-off.  However, the 33-year-old was unable to produce a moment of magic and...
    Cameron Smith entered the final round of the British Open four strokes behind the lead but won The Open Championship with a historic finish.  Coming into the final round of the British Open, it seemed as if The Open Championship was a two-man race. Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland had a four-stroke lead at the Old Course at St. Andrews and, with the way they played, it was hard to imagine anyone catching them. Cameron Smith, however, more than imagined it. Recapturing the putter that put him in the 36-hole lead before a disappointing Saturday, the Australian who has been in contention at The Masters on a couple of occasions already made sure to not just get back into contention, but to pull off the robbery of the century. McIlroy didn’t play badly, but Smith played historically good, firing off a Sunday 64 — making him the first golfer to shoot two rounds of 64 or better in Open Championship history — to best his Northern Irish counterpart and win the British Open.Cameron Smith win the British Open: Golf Twitter...
    THERE had been plenty of talk about Rory McIlroy feeling the heat — under severe pressure to end an eight-year wait for a Major title. But you would not have believed it yesterday — not while McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mate Viktor Hovland laughed and joked and fist-bumped their way around the Old Course at St Andrews, like a pair of pals enjoying a breezy round at the local municipal. 4McIlroy is in contention to take his first major victory since 2014Credit: PA 4McIlroy was in a celebratory mood after chipping in for eagle on the 10th during the third roundCredit: Reuters 4The 33-year-old is in a heated competition with Viktor Hovland among others ahead of tomorrow's finale.Credit: Reuters Until they got into bother at the ‘Road Hole’ 17th, neither had a single bogey. There may be a little less bonhomie between the duo when they head out as joint leaders this afternoon, four shots ahead of the chasing pack, with the Claret Jug up for grabs. McIlroy has been threatening a victory like this all season. He finished second,...
    THE OPEN is back and what a special one we have lined up in 2022 as it's the 150th edition. The world's biggest golf stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Scottie Scheffler are all in action. Colin Morikawa won it all last year against the odds, so could we get another surprise winner this time around? THE OPEN BETTING SPECIAL New customer offers and free bets David Facey's tips First round leader and each-way picks Follow ALL the action from St Andrews with our live blog below…
    RORY McILROY is on a quest for the ‘Holy Grail of golf’ — an Open victory at St Andrews. McIlroy has already claimed the game’s most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug. 2Rory McIlroy believes winning at St Andrews would be a career pinnacleCredit: PA 2Northern Ireland superstar McIlroy aims to trump his Hoylake triumphCredit: PA But he said repeating his Hoylake victory of 2014 at the Home of Golf would be even more memorable. Jack Nicklaus famously said the game’s great players would not feel complete unless they had won at the Old Course, a view backed up by Tiger Woods. McIlroy, 33, probably feels that is easy for them to say — as they have both done it! But he admits it is an extra incentive as he bids for a long-overdue fifth Major triumph. READ MORE IN SPORTACE COUPLE Who is Justin Thomas' girlfriend Jillian Wisniewski? FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS The Northern Irishman said: “I don’t know if a golfer’s career isn’t complete if you don’t win an Open at St Andrews,...
    RORY McILROY cleared the St Andrews range with his 3-WOOD ahead of the Open later this week. The 33-year-old Northern Irishman claimed the major back in 2014 - in a year when he also won the PGA Championship. 2McIlroy produced an incredibly long drive to clear the St Andrews rangeCredit: @sam_morgan 2McIlroy is bidding to repeat the feat he managed back in 2014Credit: Getty He is in the kind of form which indicates he could have a crack at a fifth major of his career this weekend. And that was shown to be the case with his powerful shots at the St Andrews range on Monday. McIlroy carried a 3-wood 291 yards - a staggering distance, particularly given the choice of club. Later on, he was hitting the driver beyond 300 yards as he showcased his clean ball striking for the Scottish fans. READ MORE IN GOLFTACO HELL Paige Spiranac reveals worst date ever involved getting snubbed at Taco BellFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners The St Andrews course is looking...
    Matt Fitzpatrick is leading the way at the US Open heading into the back nine ahead of what promises to be a thrilling finale. Fitzpatrick held a share of the lead overnight alongside Will Zalatoris and has had a steady start to his round to keep himself in pole position to win the first major of his career. Meanwhile, World No. 1 Scheffler has shot up the leaderboard on the final day to put himself in a good position to add another major to his CV. Matt Fitzpatrick is currently leading the way on the final day of the US Open Scottie Scheffler has moved himself into contention in the final round of the US Open RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Will Zalatoris and Brit Matt Fitzpatrick set to go... Bryson DeChambeau bombs again with a calamitous third-round... England's Bronte Law sinks 50-foot eagle putt on the final... Saudi Arabia 'are plotting a major push into women's tennis... Share this article Share The American hit four birdies on the front...
    Rory McIlroy has taken the lead on the first day of the US Open after finishing three under par with an opening 67 in the first round. It was a great start for McIlroy, who was disappointed after dropping a shot on his final hole, which left him in a three-way tie for the lead with Callum Tarren and David Lingmerth. McIlroy started out on the tenth hole and covered his first 13 holes in two under par to lie a shot off the lead. Rory McIlroy made an great start to his US Open ambitions with an opening round of 67 McIlroy started on the tenth and had frustration in the fifth as he shot bunker to bunker RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next SPORTSMAIL'S PICKS FOR THE US OPEN: Matt Fitzpatrick could... DEREK LAWRENSON: Rory McIlroy is set to lift the black... You betrayed us: 'Conscience of golf' Rory McIlroy takes aim... 'The players that are staying on the PGA Tour feel slighted... Share this article Share However, he...
    Rory McIlroy defended his RBC Canadian Open title on Sunday, but it was what he said after that should scare the rest of golf. Everyone wants to focus on Rory McIlroy trolling Greg Norman with his 21st win, but this victory solidifies something deeper inside him that is about to blow the golf world’s mind. Most fans and golf people think that troll-job was the best part of his interview with CBS Sports’ Amanda Renner, but in fact, the most compelling part came in the question after that hot-topic quote. He provided a quote that should excite his fans and scare competitors. McIlroy has rekindled his love for golf in a way that allows him to be open and free on the course as he did earlier in his career. Sure we’ve heard that a million times, but his tone sent chills down my spine, and there is a gut feeling that McIlroy is about to dominate again. While some will say not to get your hopes up too much about him saying what he did, I think this time...
    PAIGE SPIRANAC is loving the LIV Golf drama that has threatened to tear apart the sport. The social media star was reacting to Rory McIlroy's dig at Greg Norman - who is fronting the controversial Saudi-backed series. 3Paige Spiranac is enjoying the LIV Golf dramaCredit: Instagram @_paige.renee 3Rory McIlroy won the Canadian Open and took a swipe at Greg Norman afterwardsCredit: Getty Images - Getty McIlroy had just won the Canadian Open and bagged his 21st PGA Tour title when he took a swipe at Norman. Rory's win in Toronto took him one ahead of Norman, who ended his career with 20 tour titles. And McIlroy said on CBS: "Twenty-first PGA Tour win, one more than someone else. "That gave me a little extra incentive today. Really happy to get that done.” He added in his press conference: “Look, I alluded to it. I had extra motivation of what's going on across the pond. "The guy that's spearheading that Tour has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him and I wanted to get one ahead...
    (CNN)Rory McIlroy appeared to take a dig at Greg Norman, the former golfer and now CEO of the new LIV Golf series, after the Northern Irishman successfully defended his 2019 title at the RBC Canadian Open.McIlroy birdied the final two holes at St. George's Golf and Country Club on Sunday as he finished on 19-under-par ahead of Americans Tony Finau and Justin Thomas.It came at a time when much of the focus in the sport has been on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series' inaugural event at the Centurion Club near London. JUST WATCHEDGreg Norman: Saudi-backed golf league is 'new opportunity' for playersReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHGreg Norman: Saudi-backed golf league is 'new opportunity' for players 06:57"This is a day I'll remember for a long, long time -- 21st PGA Tour win, one more than someone else," McIlroy told CBS. "That gave a little more extra incentive today and I'm happy to get it done."The comments seemed to allude to the 20 PGA Tour wins of Australian Norman, who is the face of the LIV Golf series. Read MoreLater on at the...
    As the world's best golfers prepare to tee off at the US Open this week, their glamorous wives and girlfriends will be cheering them on from the stands.  The tournament - which is one of the most acclaimed golf events in the world - will begin on Thursday in Massachusetts.  While the pro athletes compete to see who will take home the title, many of their wives, fiancées, and girlfriends will be cheering them on from the sidelines.  But who exactly are the females behind the sports stars? While some of them try to stay out of the public eye and live a private life as stay-at-home mothers, others met their beaus while working in the golf world. Meanwhile some have established their own careers away from sport - from marketing to presenting TV programmes.  Here FEMAIL reveals all about the WAGs of the golf world... As the world's best golfers prepare to tee off at the US Open, their glamorous wives and girlfriends will be cheering them on from the stands (pictured, Jena Sims)  As the pro athletes compete...
    Rory McIlroy gave himself the perfect pre-US Open boost, as he heads to Brookline today on the back of his first PGA Tour victory since last October. McIlroy retained the Canadian Open title he has held since 2019 - the event has been cancelled for the last two years because of Covid - and then took a dig at LIV Series supremo Greg Norman. 3Rory McIlroy defended his Canadian Open title in the perfect US Open warm-upCredit: AP 3McIlroy held his nerve for a first PGA Tour win this year in a final round of -8Credit: AP McIlroy has condemned the cash-obsessed breakaway circuit, and he admitted his 21st PGA Tour victory - over a field containing five of the top ten players in the world - meant even more, as it took him one clear of Norman. McIlroy, 33, commented: “This is a day I will remember for a long time. My 21st Tour win, which is one more than someone else I could mention. That was a big incentive after all that has gone on. “It always feels...
    RORY McILROY warned his Ryder Cup pals who joined the Saudi-backed breakaway tour for the money: This won’t end well. Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell are all playing in today’s controversial LIV Invitational Series opener in St Albans. 2Rory McIlroy had a stark warning for players joining the rebel LIV Golf seriesCredit: Getty 2Bryson DeChambeau became the latest big-name golfer to join the Saudi-backed seriesCredit: Getty Images - Getty US stars Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will also join the rebel league. Poulter and Westwood have urged Ryder Cup chiefs not to ban them from the event. But McIlroy declared: “Any decision you make in your life that’s made purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way. “Obviously money is a deciding factor on a lot of things in this world, but if it’s purely for money, it never seems to go the way you want it to. Read more Sport newsFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners NO MORE GREEN Woods rejects $1BILLION to...
    RORY McILROY overcame his severe case of the first-round flutters, as he set a scorching pace at the PGA Championship. The 33-year-old star has proved a notoriously slow starter in the Majors since his last win, at the 2014 PGA. 4Rory McIlroy set a scorching pace at the PGA Championship in the first-roundCredit: Getty 4McIlroy totally eclipsed his illustrious playing partners Tiger Woods (pictured) and Jordan SpiethCredit: Getty He is a combined 35 over par for his opening rounds since then. But a brilliant five-under-par 65 at Southern Hills was just what the doctor ordered — especially as he is 68 under par for rounds two to four in the same eight-year period. His was the best score posted by the morning wave of starters, a shot better than the 66 posted by the American duo Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge. And McIlroy totally eclipsed his illustrious playing partners Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. READ MORE SPORTTIGER TEMPER Woods almost hit by ball & has row with cameraman in eventful PGA first round Woods seemed to be in constant pain from...
    Tiger Woods lost his temper on the first at Southern Hills as he was involved in a heated exchange with a TV cameraman moments after his opening tee shot at the US PGA Championship.  The 46-year-old continued his comeback from his horrific car accident, which nearly cost him his right leg, last year as he teed off at golf's second major of 2022 on Thursday.  The 15-time major champion was walking with a noticeable limp during his practice rounds early in the week, often using a golf club as an aid. Tiger Woods snapped at a cameraman during the opening round of the US PGA Championship RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next That's how to start a major, Rory! McIlroy surges into an... DEREK LAWRENSON: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy can capitalise... Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth make up dream... DEREK LAWRENSON: Tiger is back on the prowl at the US PGA... Share this article Share After striking a stinger of a drive down the middle of the 10th...
    Tiger Woods struggled through his first round of the PGA Championship as he finished four-over at Southern Hills but the 15-time Major champion insisted he can get back in the tournament.  The 46-year-old kickstarted the second Major of the year with a birdie on his first hole as he continued his sensational comeback from a horrific car accident last year.  However, his round did not continue in such stellar fashion and he shot seven bogeys to card an opening round of 74 as he appeared to limp around the Tulsa course.  Tiger Woods struggled through his first round of the US PGA as he finished four-over RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'Back off': Tiger Woods snaps at a cameraman at the PGA... That's how to start a major, Rory! Clubhouse leader McIlroy... DEREK LAWRENSON: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy can capitalise... Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth make up dream... Share this article Share Following his round, Woods admitted he felt frustrated with his round, insisting it was not the...
    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up his ball after making an eagle putt on the 13th hole during the final round at the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Rory McIlroy has committed to playing at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   It looks like the Wells Fargo Championship will be seeing more of Rory McIlroy for this year’s tournament. The professional golfer announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be playing to defend his 2021 title in this year’s competition. McIlroy, who is a three-time Wells Fargo Championship winner, will be returning to the tournament to defend his title. He is ranked seventh in the world and has 20 career wins on the PGA Tour, including four majors. The Northern Ireland athlete is fresh off a commendable performance at the Masters, which took place this past weekend. McIlroy finished in second place, only three shots behind the 2022 champion – Scottie Scheffler. McIlroy has two PGA Championships (2012, 2014), one U.S. Open (2011), as well...
    RORY MCILROY waved goodbye to The Masters in style after an incredible Sunday at Augusta. The Northern Irishman posted an EIGHT under par round of 64 to finish second to Scottie Scheffler, which included a stunning birdie at the 18th. 4McIlroy managed to hole out from the bunker with a miracle shotCredit: Reuters 4There were wild scenes at the 18th green when McIlroy's shot dropped inCredit: Reuters 4McIlroy may not have won the elusive green jacket, but said Sunday was the happiest he's been on a golf courseCredit: Reuters McIlroy headed to the final tee box without bogeying a hole, having birdied the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 8th and 10th, with an eagle at the 13th. But the 32-year-old was in trouble when his tee shot found a bunker on the left of the fairway, and his approach shot also found the sand to the right of the green. From there it looked as if his best case scenario was to save par with a difficult chip onto the green and a putt for par. Nobody would have expected...
    The only thing that Rory McIlroy didn't throw at Scottie Scheffler on an unforgettable final day at the 86th Masters was the kitchen sink - and still it wasn't enough. McIlroy at his most magnificent chipped in twice and holed an outrageous bunker shot at the 18th on his way to a 64 to equal the lowest final round in Masters history.  The Northern Irishman hasn't known such joy at a major since his last victory in 2014, as he threw his arms into the air and his club into the bunker. 'That's the happiest I've ever been on a golf course,' he said afterwards, as they replayed his wonder blow from the sand.  Added three-time Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo, on American television: 'I've got goosebumps watching that shot, I'm shaking.' Sundays at Augusta. In golf, there really is nothing like it. Scottie Scheffler (right) has won the Masters tournament at Augusta after a dominant showing Scheffler could not hide his pride as Hideki Matsuyama (left) prepared to crown him champion Last year's winner Matsuyama put the famous and...
    A GREEN Jacket for Scottie Scheffler, world number one and a winning machine. But once again, a tale of what might have been for Rory McIlroy. 8Scottie Scheffler is the 2022 Masters championCredit: Reuters 8Scheffler was a cool customer until a minor wobble on the 18th greenCredit: Getty Despite one of the greatest final day rounds in Masters history, a stunning eight-under par 64 crowned by a spectacular holed bunker shot on 18, the Northern Irishman is still waiting to join the career grand slam club. A blemish-free round comprising an eagle on 13 and six birdies, left McIlroy to rue the reality that he left himself mission impossible after the first three days. Starting five holes before overnight leader Scheffler, but ten shots behind, McIlroy knew his only chance was to pull out something special - and hope the 25-year-old adopted Texan choked. McIlroy certainly completed the first part of that equation as the sun finally beat down on a glorious Augusta National Sunday, matching the tournament’s all-time lowest last day score. But, unfortunately for McIlroy, Scheffler declined to...
    RORY McILROY has been told to follow the Wayne Rooney playbook if he wants to complete the career Grand Slam this week. Top coach Pete Cowen, who works with McIlroy as a consultant, told the four-time Major winner the best way to finally win the one he needs to complete the set is to “fall back in love with golf”. 4Rory McIlory has yet to taste victory at the MastersCredit: REUTERS 4The Northern Irishman's best placing at Augusta has been a fourth-placed finishCredit: REUTERS 4And he's been urged to channel his inner Wayne Rooney if he's to win The MastersCredit: Nike And he quoted Rooney as the perfect example of what it means to hang on to your childhood passion. Cowen explained: “Wayne Rooney has always struck me as someone who isn’t in football just for the money but because he has always loved the game and always will. "I’m not suggesting Rooney or anyone else would give back all the money they’ve made. “But you get the impression if someone was organising a kickabout on the park, with...
    SIR NICK FALDO knows more about the challenges of Augusta than most having won The Masters on three occasions. He is also one of only three men — with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods — to have successfully defended the Green Jacket. 7Faldo has offered his advice to McIlroy on how to finally overcome his Masters hurdleCredit: Reuters 7McIlroy has won six Majors, but never The MastersCredit: Getty Images - Getty The six-time Major winner tells SunSport’s MARTIN LIPTON why Rory McIlroy is running out of time to deliver his first Augusta win to complete the Grand Slam — and why he is so desperate to see if Woods makes an astonishing return. SIR NICK ON RORY It’s fair to say everyone assumed Rory would win a Masters at some point, long before now. But it hasn’t quite happened and time soon goes by. It’s nearly eight years since his last Major and that means there’s a lot of negative scar tissue to look through when you tee it up. Read More SportTIGER ROARS Woods seen hitting balls...
    (CNN)A return to golf for Tiger Woods at the Masters next week would be "phenomenal," says Rory McIlroy. The 15-time major winner sparked speculation that he could make a dramatic return to the sport at the 2022 Masters after it was widely reported that he has played a practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday. The 46-year-old has not played an official tournament after suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash in February 2021.And McIlroy said on Wednesday that golf is "heightened" when Woods is participating. "I think for golf and for the Masters tournament and for everyone, to have Tiger there would be phenomenal," McIlroy told reporters during a press conference at the Valero Open in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.Read MoreWoods celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2019 Masters."I think it just adds to the event. Obviously, it does. Anything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is heightened whenever he's there. I mean, it would be awesome for him to be there. "He was there yesterday obviously and he's trying to see what...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy opened with a 7-under 65 on Thursday and had reason to expect a score like this at Bay Hill, not so much because of the course but rather the day of the week. Good starts have not been a problem for McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the last two years. Now it’s about keeping them going to the finish line. With three birdies and a 40-foot eagle on the par 5s, McIlroy set a daunting target for Jon Rahm and the others playing in the afternoon. He drove the ball beautifully and was never in too much trouble when he missed the green. He had a three-shot lead among early starters over Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, Sungjae Im and Will Zalatoris. “I think you turn up at any golf course where you’ve had success, and automatically you’re going to have some confidence coming in,” said McIlroy, who won at Bay Hill in 2018 and hasn’t finished out of the top 10 the last five years. He opened with a 66 each of the...
    Phil Mickelson mixed abject contrition with deep defiance in a long statement last night as he finally issued a response to the furore caused by his recent behaviour. With barely a friend left among his peers and administrators following two appallingly damaging interviews, he acknowledged he had been 'reckless and offensive.' But he stuck to his guns regarding the future of the game. 'Golf desperately needs change and real change is always preceded by disruption,' he said. He's certainly been disruptive, first accusing the PGA Tour of 'obnoxious greed' in an interview with Golf Digest. He then followed it by confiding to the author of a soon to be published biography that he was only playing along with the Saudis with regard to their proposal for a Super Golf League, and that they were 'scary mother*****s' to deal with in reality. A Statement from Phil Mickelson pic.twitter.com/2saaXIxhpu— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) February 22, 2022 Phil Mickelson has apologised for his 'reckless' comments about the Saudi Super League RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next REVEALED: The inside story...
    (CNN)As rumors circulate that some of the world's top professional golfers would join the proposed Golf Super League, a handful have reiterated their commitment to the PGA Tour and dealt the new venture a big blow. Major winners Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau -- both heavily linked to the new, lucrative tour -- both released statements on Sunday, stating their desire to remain on the PGA Tour. And Rory McIlroy, when asked about the speculation as well as Johnson and DeChambeau's statements, said he believes the Super League is "dead in the water." "Who's left? Who's left to go? I mean, there's no one. It's dead in the water in my opinion. I just can't see any reason why anyone would go," the 32-year-old said after his final round at the Genesis Invitational on Sunday."No one really knew where Bryson stood. I was really glad to see DJ and Bryson put out those statements this week. We all want to play against the best players in the world and they're certainly two of the best players in the world."Read MoreThe...
    Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year. Gone, though, are the days when he might jot down the name and number of tournaments he wanted to win. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM For McIlroy, it’s now about smaller objectives that are more in his control. And to see the bigger picture, he’s used the player he has called his hero growing up, Tiger Woods, as a benchmark. "Not saying that my game compares to his in any way," McIlroy said Wednesday of Woods, who he now regards as a close friend, "but there are certainly aspects of what he did so well in the past that I would obviously love to put into my game." To that end, McIlroy thinks he needs to be "more of a measured and a controlled golfer." So, heading into his opening event of 2022 at the Abu Dhabi Championship starting Thursday, expect...
    COLLIN MORIKAWA waved the star-spangled banner as European No 1 — while Rory McIlroy felt so ‘flag-sick’ he tore his shirt off in frustration. The American, 24, shot a brilliant final round 66 to win the DP World Tour Championship. 3Morikawa celebrates with the trophy after making history yesterdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3McIIroy threw away a four-hole lead to lose the DP Championship to Morikawa 3It was clear to see that McIIroy was fuming about the costly errors when he ripped his shirt in rage He became the first player from his country to land the Race to Dubai title, pocketing £3million in the process. McIlroy, meanwhile, finds new ways of coming up short on the big occasions. And as he stormed away from the final green he got really shirty, savagely grabbing at his polo top and ripping it (right). The Northern Irishman’s fall from grace began with a bizarre setback at the 15th. His approach clattered into the flagstick and bounced back into a bunker — and instead of a birdie, McIlroy slumped to the first of...
    BETFAIR are offering punters a stunning 100/1 on Rory McIlroy to win the Masters. McIlroy is looking to complete the grand slam at Augusta National in the final major of the year. 3 Rory McIlroy is looking to win his first Masters title BETAIR BACK RORY MCILROY AT 100/1* – NEW CUSTOMER OFFER You can claim the offer HERE*. The offer is only available for new Betfair customers. The maximum bet you can place is £1, and winnings will be paid in free bets. McIlroy can be found at 11/1 in the normal sportsbook prices with Betfair. The 31-year-old is chasing the fifth major of his career but the first since 2014. He’s struggled with the pressure at Augusta with his best finish a fourth place coming in 2015. He’s desperate to complete the career grand slam though and sit among the greats in the game. And he’s been backed to do it by legendary coach Butch Harmon. He said: “I think his chances are good. If you look at Rory at the last event he played at ZOZO,...
    Rory McIlroy wants another twenty years of Ryder Cup action, after his tear-stained exit from Europe’s record-breaking 19-9 drubbing at Whistling Straits. But old stagers Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter accepted this was the end for them as players - and were proud of signing off in front of their teenage sons with singles victories. 2Rory Mcllroy hopes compete in the Ryder for at least another two decades 2McIlroy and his European team-mates were thrashed by their American rivals McIlroy, 32, sobbed in front of the TV cameras after his own win in the singles, over Olympic champion Xander Schauffele, saying he had ”let down my team-mates” by losing his previous three matches. But he was in a defiant mood as Europe watched the Americans celebrating on the 18th green, and vowed to put things right in Rome in two years’ time. McIlroy said: “There's phenomenal talent on that US team, and I think the most important thing is they have a lot of great young players who have bought into The Ryder Cup.  “I think that was probably missing...
    RORY McILROY broke down in tears as he apologised to his Ryder Cup team-mates for his shocking week - despite winning his singles match. The four-time Major champion could barely speak and covered his hands with his eyes during a heartbreaking interview with Sky Sports. 1McIlroy could hardly speak after he won his singles match but Europe stared at their biggest ever defeat in the Ryder Cup ???? "I love my team-mates so much and I shouldve done more for them this week." An emotional Rory McIlroy reflects on ending his #RyderCup by winning a point for #TeamEurope in the Sunday singles. pic.twitter.com/3p7GY2bYJf— Sky Sports Ryder Cup (@SkySportsGolf) September 26, 2021 McIlroy was winless going into the final day, where he saw off American Xander Schauffele 3&2. But he showed just how much this team event means to him with an emotionally-charged interview. While saying sorry for his own play, McIlroy made an emotional appeal to boys and girls watching to pick up their clubs and be the stars of the future. He said: "i should have done more for...
    RORY McILROY has been preparing for the Ryder Cup in happy-go-lucky style - by embracing his inner Happy Gilmore. McIlroy is a huge fan of the slapstick golf movie, which is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its release. 3McIlroy and Sandler have agreed to meet up on a gold courseCredit: GETTY IMAGES And after sending a tongue-in-cheek message of congratulations to Adam Sandler, the hit film’s star and co-writer, the pair have agreed to meet up on a golf course, and compare their run and hit techniques. In the film, Sandler plays a hockey player who turns to golf while serving a ban, and finds he can smash the ball 400 yards with his unique method. Using ‘Calamity Jane’ putter, Sandler survives a series of misadventures to win the Tour Championship, and claim the coveted Gold Jacket. McIlroy was only seven when Happy Gilmore was released but says he has watched it countless times over the years, and was determined to mark its special anniversary. The 2016 and 2019 Tour Championship winner used his Twitter account to pay tribute...
    US CAPTAIN Steve Stricker has asked American fans not to 'cross the line' as his team bid to regain the Ryder Cup this weekend. Stricker, 54, expects a 'rowdy' atmosphere at Whistling Straits but doesn't want a repeat of the unsavoury scenes witnessed in 2016. 3Rory McIlroy was abused the last time the Ryder Cup was held in AmericaCredit: Getty Team Europe received a barrage of abuse the last time the Ryder Cup was held on US soil at Hazeltine five years ago. A spectator was ejected from the course after firing disgraceful personal insults at four-time major champ Rory McIlroy. As quoted by Golf365, Stricker said on the crowd: "They'll be loud. They’ll be pro-US, which we’re hoping for. "But we’re also hoping they don’t cross the line, which we’ve seen at some other Ryder Cups throughout the years. “It’s going to be rowdy. It’s going to be loud, especially the first tee, and pro-USA, obviously so we’re looking forward to that. "We need that. We need that backing. It is our home turf. Most read in GolfLive...
    RORY MCILROY and his Europe team-mates have been urged to reach for the stars to retain the Ryder Cup. European captain Padraig Harrington fired up his side for their defence at Whistling Straits with an emotionally charged video to highlight the exclusive club they represent. 4Rory McIlroy knows the size of the task facing Europe this weekCredit: Getty 4Padraig Harrington fired his team up with a video about travelling to spaceCredit: Getty Only 164 golfers have squared up against the Americans - less than a third of the number of people who have been into space. And Harrington’s inspirational video - named ‘We are the 164. Make it Count’ - was hailed by McIlroy. Four-time major winner McIlroy said: “Padraig played a video for us last night to put it into context. “164 players have represented Great Britain and Ireland and then Europe in the Ryder Cup, but 570 people have been into space. “And over 5,000 people have climbed Everest, while 225 have won a men's Major. When you sort of break it down like that it's a pretty...
    You played yourself: Our 25 favorite celebrity cameos You Won’t Believe How Far a $1 Million Nest Egg Goes in These Countries Rory McIlroy is firmly in tennis star Naomi Osaka’s corner as she prepares to take time away from the sport following her third-round loss at the U.S. Open last week. Osaka, who has been very open about her struggles with anxiety and depression in recent months, said that she simply has lost the love of the game — something McIlroy completely understood. "I spoke about this in 2019 about separating who I am as a golfer and who I am as a person and trying to not let that define me, and it seems what Naomi is going through at the minute is that same thing," McIlroy said after the TOUR Championship on Sunday, where he finished T14, via Reuters. "How can I play tennis and enjoy it and not let the results define who I am ... I think everyone just needs to let her have time to figure that out." Osaka: ‘When I win, I...
    Golf star Rory McIlroy thinks people are too mean to Bryson DeChambeau. In a video released by Golf TV, the Northern Irish golfer told the media that he thinks that people need to ease up a bit. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) While he admitted that DeChambeau isn’t completely faultless, McIlroy thinks things have gone too far. You can watch him explain his stance below. Rory opens up about the current Bryson situation. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/1iaPmevREI — GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) September 1, 2021 How soft of a sport is golf? Do you think rivals in the NFL would ever be out here talking like this? Do you think guys in the NHL would be telling players to be nicer to each other? Hell no. They’d be encouraging people to go after each other no matter the cost. Not in the sport of golf, though! In golf, we have to be nice to each other, even when DeChambeau goes out of his way to instigate stuff. pic.twitter.com/kskY3cEzRJ — Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) May 26, 2021 ...
    Eric Adams decries weekend gun violence, calls for federal help Jay Pickett, General Hospital star, dies filming movie in Idaho: Ride like the wind, partner KAWAGOE, Japan – Following 21 holes in sweltering heat, Rory McIlroy couldn’t hide his sunburn or his disappointment. © Provided by Golf Channel “I never tried so hard in my life to finish third,” he sighed. McIlroy’s shot at an Olympic bronze medal evaporated on the third extra hole in a seven-person playoff that was won by C.T. Pan. The Northern Irishman had plenty of chance to secure a medal for Ireland, but instead he finished tied for fourth. “I wasn't too far behind, and then the bogey on 15, just sort of after that, those last few holes, it was about trying to play for a medal,” said McIlroy, who closed with a 67. “I birdied 17 to get back to 15 under and I was like, ;OK, trying my hardest to birdie the last to get in there at 16 [under] and try to get the bronze.'” Highlights: Seven-man playoff for bronze medal Full-field scores from...
    EXPLAINER: What happens after foreclosure moratorium ends TV show Johnson takes glimpse into Black male perspective © Chris Trotman, Chris Trotman, Chris Trotman KAWAGOE, JAPAN - JULY 30: Rory McIlroy of Team Ireland lines up a putt on the fourth green during the second round of the Men's Individual Stroke Play on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club on July 30, 2021 in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) After previously appearing to be indifferent about competing in the Tokyo Games, Rory McIlroy has caught the Olympic spirit. Following a Friday 66 to move into contention at Kasumigaseki Country Club, McIlroy said he's "already looking forward to Paris" in 2024. What a turn of events! RELATED: Why Rory McIlroy isn't wearing a hat at the Olympics Also, Rory, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Seamus Power just won a PGA Tour event and could be coming for your spot on Ireland's team. . . OK, so McIlroy is probably pretty safe in that regard. In any event, McIlroy's quote wasn't just...
    RORY MCILROY waltzed into gold medal contention - and revealed his favourite thing about the Olympics is watching the ‘dancing horses’. McIlroy added a five under par 66 to his opening 69, to move to within four shots of halfway leader Xander Schauffele.  3McIlroy chose to represent Ireland at the Olympics and could win them their third medal of Tokyo 2020 so farCredit: AFP And he said the first thing he wanted to do after signing his card was to catch up with the dressage event, which is taking place a two hour drive away from the Kasumigaseki Country Club course. He explained: “That’s the one thing that I would love to go and see live. It’s the thing that has always captivated me. But the distances involved, and the clash of timings, means I can only watch it on TV. “I watch it once every few years,  and it's like - I don't know, it's just mesmerizing. It's really cool, and for me it is a huge part of the Olympics.” McIlroy, 32, admitted he had decided to play...
    More On: 2020 olympics US gymnastics team bolts Olympic Village amid virus concerns Jump for joy! More Olympians are putting the anti-sex beds ‘to the test’ Team USA ‘is going to have problems’ at the Olympics Olympics head won’t rule out canceling Tokyo games amid COVID spike Many athletes dream of representing their country at the Olympics. However, for golfer Rory McIlroy – who is a dual citizen – it was an awkward decision to choose which country he would represent. The 32-year-old was born in Northern Ireland, which is a part of Great Britain, but is also Irish Catholic and spent most of his childhood competing in Ireland. He ultimately chose to represent Ireland, but said he will participate in the Olympics for the good of the game – not to serve his country. “I’m not a very patriotic guy,” McIlroy said while shrugging and speaking in a somber tone, following his tie for 46th at the British Open. “I am doing it because I think it is the right thing to do, and I missed it last time. For...
    BARRING an absolute miracle, or an unforecast hurricane, Rory McIlroy will complete seven straight seasons without a Major title this weekend. And when asked whether he wanted to win another one too much, Britain’s most gifted golfer gave an interesting answer. 2Rory McIlroy needs a weekend miracle to stand any chance at The OpenCredit: AP “Not at all,” said McIlroy. “I’ve got four of them. Geez, look, I’m the luckiest guy in the world. “I get to do what I love for a living. I have a beautiful family. My life is absolutely perfect at the minute. “I want for nothing, so it’s not a case of trying too hard for sure.” Which ultimately begged the question, does the 32-year-old want it enough anymore? After a second successive level-par round 70, McIlroy is nine shots off the lead - and admitted he was nervous of missing the cut for a second successive Open as he stood on the final tee. This is one of only three golfers to have won four Majors by the age of 25 - along with...
    (CNN)Fans literally run to congregate around the first tee, searching for any line of sight they can. Young and old, a huge crowd has assembled here at the opening hole at Royal St George's.The golfer they are trying to catch a glimpse of bounds into view with typical jauntiness and the crowd erupts in delight.Rory McIlroy may be going through a rough patch on the links course, but golf fans still absolutely adore him.After a typically booming drive he strides off the first tee at the Open with purpose and is greeted with a cacophony of: "Come on, Rory," in particular from younger fans.Having burst onto the scene as a young golfer, winning four majors and capturing the hearts and minds of many golf fans -- in particular, those from the UK -- McIlroy is a name that is often sought on leaderboards, with many wishing him well whenever he steps onto the course.Read MoreREAD: 'Everybody loves to hate the villain,' says Shooter McGavin 25 years on from 'Happy Gilmore'McIlroy putts on the 6th green during his second round of...
    OPEN organisers are sending in the army as part of a massive crackdown on rowdy behaviour. They will use Army marshalls on the first tee to avoid a repeat of the incident at last week’s Scottish Open when a boozy spectator grabbed a club out of Rory McIlroy’s bag, and took a few practice swings with it. 3Players will have enhanced protection at The OpenCredit: Getty And anyone who tries to inflame the Brooks Koepka-Bryson DeChambeau feud by taunting either player will be thrown off the course. The R&A are desperate to avoid the image of the game being tarnished, after seeing football dragged through the mud by the yobs who stormed Wembley Stadium before England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy. The Open was hugely over-subscribed once again this year. But despite restricting the crowds to 32,000 on government advice - about eighty per cent of capacity - R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said they did not expect fans to try to gatecrash the event. Although Slumbers said they would be ready if it did happen. He commented: “First of all,...
    Do you know this man?  Please email: [email protected]  Golfer Rory McIlroy found himself confronted by a drunk spectator today who took one of the Irishman's clubs and prepared to play a shot with it. The bizarre incident at the Scottish Open ended when the 35 year old intruder was escorted away by security staff and taken to hospital.. McIlroy, 32, was waiting to get his round under way at 8am at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick alongside recently-crowned US Open champion Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. But while McIlroy and Rahm appeared to be in conversation, footage showed the man walk on to the tee and take the distinctive dog head cover off McIlroy's driver out of the four-time major winner's bag on the 10th tee. Mail Online has learned that both McIlroy's caddy and his playing partner Jon Rahm could smell alcohol on the eccentric thief as he brazenly took the Northern Irishman's club. McIlroy and Justin Thomas had been waiting to begin at 8am at the 10th hole at the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club...
    Not so smooth. @ChrisHammer180 / Twitter A golf fan stole a club out of Rory McIlroy's bag on the practice range of the Scottish Open. McIlroy could only look on in amazement as the fan carried on right in front of him. Security quickly met the fan, reclaimed the club, and escorted him off the premises. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Golf is a sport that rewards bold play, but one fan at the Scottish Open took boldness a step too far on Friday when he stole a club right out of Rory McIlroy's bag. The thievery came while McIlroy was warming up on the practice range ahead of his second round. As McIlroy and his caddie stood by the bag, the fan walked up and slyly attempted to sneak McIlroy's driver out of the bag, coming away with his club-head cover. Rather than cutting his losses, the fan continued his quest for a club. After failing to procure McIlroy's driver, he settled instead for an iron out of Rory's bag and walked to the other...
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