July 17, 2013 |
The walk from the practice range to the first tee at Muirfield can't be much more than a couple hundred yards, yet it's treacherous. Here was Rory McIlroy 's task Wednesday afternoon, his task this week, his task in his life: traverse the ground beneath him swiftly, with his gaze ahead, even as the voices around him call for something different, something else, something more. They all want more. McIlroy signed autographs on that walk Wednesday — flags, hats, scorecards, tickets — just 20...
June 27, 2013 |
No round of professional golf can be played on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club without, it seems, comparing it to the events of two years ago, the 111th U.S. Open in which Rory McIlroy appeared to make a mockery of the place. "It played just like it," Lucas Glover said early Thursday afternoon, after his first round in the AT&T Nationa l. "Actually played harder. " That may not play out over the rest of the tournament, but on a cloudy, comfortable Thursday morning, it...
June 14, 2013 |
ARDMORE, PA. — Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy strode shoulder to shoulder at just about a quarter to 4 on Friday afternoon, their work for the day done, the time for chitchat — not to mention food and rest — finally upon them. They walked from the 10th green at Merion Golf Club's East Course , where they had just completed the last of their 25 holes for the day, and took a path across the first fairway en route to the scoring tent. As they walked and fans...
June 12, 2013 |
ARDMORE, PA. — There is no doubting the marquee threesome in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, because the U.S. Golf Association once again put the top three players in the world in the same group. So at 1:14 p.m. Thursday — weather permitting — top-ranked Tiger Woods will join No. 2 Rory McIlroy and No. 3 Adam Scott to begin play from the first tee. "I like it because you're in a group like that, there's a lot of buzz and a lot of atmosphere around it," McIlroy said.
May 30, 2013
Charl Schwartzel made sure one hole didn't ruin an entire round Thursday in the Memorial. Schwartzel hit the ball so consistently well at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, that the former Masters champion twice had stretches of four straight birdies. And when he made a double bogey with an 8-iron in hand and his ball on a tee toward the end of the round, he got rid of that bad taste with one last birdie for a 7-under-par 65. Schwartzel had a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy, who went from smashing it to...
May 10, 2013 |
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Sergio Garcia had one of those stretches where it felt like every putt was going to drop. He needed every one of them Friday for a 7-under-par 65 to match his best score on the TPC Sawgrass and take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods after two rounds at the Players Championship. Next up is Woods and Garcia in the final group on the weekend, which is sure to add extra attention even to the stage that is Sawgrass. Garcia didn't miss a fairway, putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine and wasn't gaining...