Lee Westwood Rory McIlroy not thinking about Ryder Cup

By Associated PressSeptember 3, 2009, 4:26 pm

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland – The start of European Ryder Cup qualifying is having little effect on Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

Westwood is more concerned with earning points in the Race to Dubai, and McIlroy can’t seem to understand what all the fuss is about as the two prepared for this week’s European Masters.

“I am not thinking about the Ryder Cup at all,” Westwood said Wednesday. “My goal for the rest of the year is to win the Race to Dubai.”

Westwood, who is in fourth place in the race, has finished third in majors three times in the last two years, including at this year’s British Open and PGA Championship.

“Now I know what I need to work on to win one,” the Englishman added. “I just need to make small 

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improvements here and there.”

McIlroy is expected to make his first Ryder Cup team next year, but he has not softened his stance about the event.

“Probably I’m a bit selfish but if I miss the team I’d be more upset about not being good enough to make the team than I would about missing the event,” said McIlroy. “I would see winning a major as a lot more important than winning a Ryder Cup.”

Still, he’s confident he’ll be on the team in the end.

“If I play the next 12 months the way I’ve played the last 12 months, I should have no problems getting on the team,” McIlroy said.

This European Masters is being co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours for the first time, bringing 35 Asian Tour players into the field. Usually, there are less than 10 who are qualified for all European Tour events.

“It’s fantastic to see the Asians out here,” said Jeev Milka Singh, who won the Asian Order of Merit last year for the second time. “I feel the Asians are good chippers and putters and they’ll have a good time here.”

Other European Ryder Cup team members from 2008 playing this week in Crans-sur-Sierre are Graeme McDowell, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Oliver Wilson.

McIlroy, who is only 20 years old, made a huge impact on the PGA Tour this year. Now, he wants to atone for his loss at the European Masters last year, when he needed par at the last hole to seal the deal but sent his second shot into the greenside rough and then chipped five feet past the cup. He missed an 18-inch putt to lose the playoff against Jean-Francois Lucquin.

“I thought about it every day for a month after that,” McIlroy said. “It was such a great chance to win. It was a big lesson. Not just the missed short putts, but the wedge into the 72nd hole. I just had to hit it to the middle of the green and make two putts, lift the trophy, thanks very much.

“I was trying to be greedy. I was trying to hit it 10 feet left of the pin when I should have been trying to hit it 25 feet from the pin.”

McIlroy, who won his first title at this year’s Dubai Desert Classic, has become famous for his curly hair bubbling out from under his hat. But that won’t be the case this week.

“I couldn’t do anything with it and I got tired of it,” said McIlroy, who cut his hair this past weekend. “It was just a big ball of hair.”

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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