McDowell, McIlroy swept away at windy Irish Open

By Associated PressJuly 30, 2011, 5:19 pm

KILLARNEY, Ireland – While Rory McIlroy fell out of contention at the Irish Open, his playing partnerDavid Howell shot a round-best 7-under 64 to take a share of the lead Saturday.

The 36-year-old Howell put himself in contention for his first tournament win in five years by shooting what he called his best round in 12 months. Coincidentally, his previous best, also a 64, happened on the same Killarney course on the opening day of last year’s event.

Howell ended up sharing the lead when England’s Simon Dyson birdied the 17th hole and Australia’s Richard Green birdied the last. Both finished with rounds of 67 to join Howell at 11-under 202.

“I was far calmer than I thought I was going to be,” said Howell, who played amid the biggest crowds with McIlroy in his group. “It was wonderful to play with the winner of the U.S. Open and the star of world golf here in his home country.”

Homegrown stars McIlroy and Graeme McDowell fell out of contention with 72s on a wet, windy third round of play on Saturday. Stephen Gallacher of Scotland also shot a 68 and was two shots behind the leaders.

McIlroy had a terrible start, double-bogeying the first and eighth holes. He also bogeyed the par-3 third as his wind-blown tee shot sailed left into a stream. He finished eight shots behind the leaders.

Howell birdied seven holes, including a trio of long par-4s from holes 11 to 13, which are among the course’s most challenging.

He appeared to thrive as the weather turned foul midway into his round. An hourlong downpour sent spectators scurrying for ponchos or the cover of oak trees. Only a lone red deer, running loose on a fairway, appeared to appreciate the deluge.

Disappointment was the order of the day for the Irish hosts as the tournament’s field of homegrown stars fizzled. Only two of the seven remaining Irish players broke par.

Already missing British Open title holder Darren Clarke and three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, who crashed out Friday, more than 20,000 fans lined the fairways hoping to see a show from McIlroy and 2010 U.S. Open winner McDowell.

It quickly turned into a show of futility. Both McIlroy and McDowell started five behind the leaders and finished eight shots back.

McIlroy sliced his opening drive onto the rocky shore of Lough Leane. His awkward second shot clipped a stone and settled in the mud some 20 yards away. He three-putted for a double bogey.

He also bogeyed the par-3 third, teeing off wide left into a stream. Then he double-bogeyed No. 8 to mar his round of 72.

McDowell birdied the first hole but teed off into a bunker on the short 3rd, then three-putted for double bogey.

McDowell said the gusting winds and sticky, subtly undulating greens got the best of him as he hit the fairway on only six drives and came up short on several par-saving putts.

“I just missed too many fairways and was seriously cold on the greens. They have me seriously confused. I just can’t read them at all,” said McDowell, who planned to celebrate his 32nd birthday Saturday with dinner in the town of Killarney alongside his wife and kids.

“I’m feeling every bit of 32,” he said, adding with a sly grin: “Who knows, I might have a celebratory pint.”

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old McIlroy conceded he forced shots in hopes of entertaining the home fans, many of whom came specifically to see the phenomenon from Holywood, Northern Ireland. He said his main hope Sunday was to be paired with McDowell.

“I’m feeling as if I need a couple of drinks or something,” McIlroy said. “At this tournament, you’re trying so hard to play well for not just yourself, but for everyone else. Sometimes you can just find yourself trying a little too hard and pushing a bit too much.”

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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