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September 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Rory McIlroy beat the strongest leaderboard in golf this year Sunday in the BMW Championship and joined some elite company. McIlroy made consecutive birdies around the turn to emerge from a four-way tie and seize control at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. He closed with a five-under-par 67, making his only bogey on the final hole when it no longer mattered, for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. McIlroy became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, and with his sixth career win, joined Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win at least six times at age 23. Woods was never seriously in the mix. Five shots behind with seven holes to play, he made three late birdies and shot 68 to tie for fourth with Robert Garrigus (69)
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April 10, 2014 | Dan Wiederer
The echoes amid the pines at Augusta National provided evidence Wednesday that the excitement of the 78th Masters was kicking up. The annual par-three tournament produced its usual crowd-pleasing theatrics -- from the aces delivered by Matt Jones, Buddy Alexander and Mark O'Meara to the dialed-in, six-birdie victory claimed by Ryan Moore. But the serious business begins Thursday with 97 players teeing it up and many eager to see just how wide open the doors to contending will be. Finding an obvious favorite seems as difficult as ever, particularly with the absence of the world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
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August 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Golfer Rory McIlroy is feeling good coming off of his record-setting eight-stroke victory at the PGA Championship earlier this month. So good, in fact, that he isn't afraid to call out perhaps the greatest golfer of all time: Tiger Woods. At a news conference for The Barclays tournament, which started Thursday at Bethpage Black in New York, McIlroy was asked about next month's Ryder Cup. Just a few minutes before the question, Woods, who was to interviewed next, had entered the room.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Masters week has finally arrived and the oddsmakers have identified their favorites to win at Augusta National. VegasInsider.com has Rory McIlroy and defending champion Adam Scott as the front-runners at 10-1. GolfOdds.com also puts McIlroy and Scott atop its board, with Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar just behind at 12-1. McIlroy gives the oddsmakers credit, even if they didn't get it right with the NCAA basketball tournament over the last two weeks. "They're usually not too far away," he said after shooting a fourth-round 65 to finish in the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.
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May 31, 2013 | By David Wharton
It has only been a few months, but it seems like a long time ago that Rory McIlroy started the 2013 season as the solid No. 1 golfer in the world. The Northern Ireland native missed the cut at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, last week. On Friday, he'll be fighting to stay alive at the Memorial Tournament. McIlroy, who stumbled to an opening-round 78 at Dublin, Ohio's Muirfield Village, figures he needs to shoot in the mid-60s to reach the weekend.
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January 18, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
If you're questioning why Rory McIlroy was penalized two shots for taking improper relief during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, you're not alone. McIlroy, who dropped from second place to a tie for fourth entering the final round, referred to the penalty as part of golf's "stupid rules. " The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had hit his drive on the second hole onto a gallery crosswalk. He was given a free drop for relief, but when he played his shot he had one foot on the line marking the drop area.
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August 13, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Rory McIlroy has freed us all! By crushing the field at the PGA Championship this weekend, McIlroy has dismissed the silly notion that a bad game or a slump by an elite athlete has anything at all to do with his or her romantic involvement with someone beautiful and famous. Going into the PGA, McIlroy was in the midst of a rather shaky season. He had missed the cut at three tournaments, including the U.S. Open, where he was the defending champion. Naturally, many people said his spotty play had everything to do with his relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.
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September 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have apparently struck up a friendship. In an interview with the Irish Times, McIlroy, the ranked No. 1 in the world, told the newspaper that the golf stars have a fun, light-hearted replationship.  “Tiger gives me stick about being short,” McIlroy said . “He always asks me, 'Seriously, how tall are you?' I'll say, '5-foot-9.' 'Yeah, but without the hair? That's 5-7, right?' He'll ask me, 'What do you do when Caroline [Wozniacki, McIlroy's girlfriend]
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March 5, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Rory McIlroy's reputation took a big hit last week when he walked off the course and withdrew from the tournament during the second round of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. McIlroy was seven-over for the round when he hit his second shot into the water on the 18th and abruptly walked away without finishing the hole. On his way to the parking lot, he told reporters that his head was not in the right place. He later issued a statement that his wisdom tooth was causing pain. Many golf fans quickly labeled him as a quitter who folded when things weren't going his way. One key member of the PGA Tour agrees with that assessment: Rory McIlroy.
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October 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
It seems the Irish press cannot get enough of Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, publishing a new report that the sports power couple has split. The Irish Independent quoted unnamed sources as saying the supposed rift came to a head over a photograph that Wozniacki posted on Twitter a few weeks ago, showing McIlroy asleep and not looking his best. Jetlag @mcilroyrory ? Lol!! pic.twitter.com/fJFXpilGhA - Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 16, 2013 The couple has made a habit of chronicling their relationship on social media with tweets and snapshots.
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April 5, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
You know the sound a golf gallery makes when a five-foot birdie putt lips out? Ohhhhhhhhh. That's the groan that also accompanied the news that a rehabbing Tiger Woods would miss the Masters for the first time since 1994. That year, Jose Maria Olazabal triumphed on a 6,925-yard course, and Woods was voted "most likely to succeed" by classmates at Western High in Anaheim. Without Woods, there's no "Will he pass Jack Nicklaus" talk. There's less buzz. Fewer casual fans will tune in. CBS' Jim Nantz, during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," called Woods' absence "the story that dwarfs all others.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steve Waters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The wind blew, the greens got firm and the putts weren't dropping like they had the first two days. Even so, Rory McIlroy was content with his one-under-par 69 Saturday that extended his lead to two shots heading into the final round of the Honda Classic. "I think it was a very solid round of golf," said McIlroy, who had four birdies and three bogeys. "I'm still in the lead of the golf tournament and I can't be disappointed with that. " McIlroy was at 12-under 198. Russell Henley, who began the day in third, shot 68 and was in second at 200. Russell Knox, who climbed up the leaderboard into fourth place Friday with a 63, came back with a 68 and was in third at 201. Jhonattan Vegas shot a second consecutive 66 to move into fourth at 202. Stuart Appleby (65)
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February 27, 2014 | By Steve Waters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - When Rory McIlroy teed off Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Honda Classic, he wasn't thinking about his victory here in 2012. He also wasn't thinking about last year, when he walked off the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa midway through his second round. He was focused on playing the 18 holes ahead of him and he played them better than anyone, putting together a bogey-free, seven-under-par 63. "It's a new tournament," McIlroy said.
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February 1, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hit the ball well Saturday during the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic, but it was defending champion Stephen Gallacher who tied a European Tour record nine-hole score of 28 on the back nine to pull into a two-shot lead. The top-ranked Woods, a two-time winner in Dubai, is in a tie for 37th after a third-round 70 and said it was a matter of "throwing away a lot of shots" by missing putts. McIlroy, who is trying to rebound from a disappointing 2013 season, moved to 14-under-par 202 for the tournament after a 69 on Saturday, good for second place.
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January 19, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Pablo Larrazabal understood his accomplishment in edging Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday. “I was sitting at the presentation ceremony, I said to myself: 'Pablo? What are you doing here?' I've got Rory McIlroy on my left and I am shaking the hand of Phil Mickelson on my right. It's very special for me,” said the 30-year-old Spaniard, who finished at 14-under 274 to earn his third PGA Europe Tour victory. Larrazabal birdied No. 18 to finish the final round with a five-under-par 67 on the National Course in the United Arab Emirates, taking the title by one stroke over his more accomplished competitors.
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January 18, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
If you're questioning why Rory McIlroy was penalized two shots for taking improper relief during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, you're not alone. McIlroy, who dropped from second place to a tie for fourth entering the final round, referred to the penalty as part of golf's "stupid rules. " The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had hit his drive on the second hole onto a gallery crosswalk. He was given a free drop for relief, but when he played his shot he had one foot on the line marking the drop area.
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September 30, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Former U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy and 2012 British Open winner Ernie Els are among the 18 golfers scheduled to play with Tiger Woods in Woods' charity tournament in Thousand Oaks in December. The Tiger Woods' Foundation on Monday announced the field for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a four-round event at Sherwood Country Club scheduled for Dec. 5-8  and paying $1 million to the winner. Besides Woods, McIlroy and Els, the field includes: Defending World Challenge winner Graeme McDowell, 2010 tournament winner Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day and Jason Dufner, winner of this year's PGA Championship.
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April 20, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Rory McIlroy, who has muscled into Nike's advertising ranks alongside Tiger Woods, is featured in a new clip that includes juggling and kicking a golf ball. OK, it looks like computer graphic images. Maybe some of the juggling is real, but it's hard to say all the tricks are real. You be the judge by watching the video above. The clip is quite artsy, set in black and white with the only color a red golf ball, which happens to roll up to McIlroy as he's on a random fairway, no explanation involved.
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December 7, 2013 | By David Wharton
The tee shot soars across a cold morning sky, carrying down the left side of a long par-five, leaving Rory McIlroy a good look at the green. It is a reminder of what he can do, the talent that once carried him to the top of his sport. The young man from Northern Ireland follows with a decent second shot and a chip, then a lengthy putt for birdie on the fifth hole of Sherwood Country Club. "I feel like for me to be happy," he says, "I need to play sort of pretty golf. " His game has looked slightly more attractive, his mood on the upswing, since he outdueled Adam Scott to win the Australian Open last week.
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November 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
Rory McIlroy continues to show flickers of life at the end of a disappointing season. The golfer from Northern Ireland shot a 7-under 65 during the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, pulling into second place behind hometown favorite Adam Scott. McIlroy has been hoping to grab his first victory of the year either at Royal Sydney or at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks next week. "As 7-unders go, I think it was a pretty comfortable one," he said of his eight-birdie day. "I don't think I did anything really spectacular out there.
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