McIlroy goes from glory to misery

By Associated PressJuly 17, 2010, 12:39 am

135th Open Championship ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Rory McIlroy received quite a whipping from the Old Course on Friday.

A day earlier, the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland had tied the major-championship record by shooting a 9-under 63 in the first round of the British Open.

But with the wind howling – so much so that play was actually suspended for about an hour – McIlroy went tumbling down the leaderboard during the second round.

He signed for an 80.

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Rory McIlroy reacts to one of many missed putts Friday. (Getty Images)
No player had ever shot such a high score after going so low the day before in a major tournament.

“It was just very, very difficult out there,” McIlroy said. “I just let it get away from me a little bit.”

His frustration nearly boiled over at the 18th hole, when he drove up next to the green then watched his uphill putt fail to clear the ridge and roll back down. He broke into a pained smile, as if he couldn’t believe what was happening, and lined up for another whack.

This time, it held about 5 feet from the cup. McIlroy put down his marker, snatched up the ball and looked ready to scream. He gathered himself and made the par putt.

At least he’ll make the cut with a 1-under 143 total.

That was about the only thing he could take from this long, lost day at St. Andrews.

“There’s a lot of big players that have missed the cut this weekend,” said McIlroy, who went from a two-stroke lead to trailing new leader Louis Oosthuizen by a staggering 11 shots. “So at least I’m here for the weekend, which is a positive.”

The round took a turn for the worse for McIlroy when British Open officials decided to suspend play because howling winds were causing balls to wobble on the greens.

He was off to a solid start when the horn sounded, with pars on the first three holes. When he returned to the course after a delay of 1 hour, 5 minutes, he was not the same golfer.

“I don’t think they should have called us off the golf course,” he said. “When we got back out there, the conditions hadn’t changed. The wind probably got a little bit worse. It probably wasn’t a smart move.”

Suddenly, the shots that had flown so straight the day before began flying off into the tall grass lining the fairways. McIlroy had a 7-iron into the fourth green and wound up with a bogey. He bogeyed three of the next four holes as well, made the turn with a 40 and knew he was in big, big trouble.

“I felt as if I played the first three holes quite well, solid, and then I hit a good tee shot on 4 and then they called us in,” McIlroy said. “It might have been a little bit to do with it. I’m not trying to make any excuses. Even from then I didn’t hit it well and didn’t put myself in the right places to try and make any birdies or make some sort of a score.”

The round totally fell apart at the par-3 11th, which played into the teeth of the wind. He couldn’t keep his tee shot on the green, failed to get it out of the hollow on his first attempt, and wound up taking a double bogey.

“You couldn’t feel how strong the wind was at the tee box,” McIlroy said. “That was probably one of the toughest holes on the course today. I just didn’t hit it hard enough. You couldn’t hit it hard enough. It was straight back into the wind and up that hill.”

He isn’t ready to give up totally on his chances of contending for the claret jug. While Oosthuizen is five strokes clear of the field, this is only the second time in nine major appearances that he’s even made the cut. Who knows how the obscure South African will react to being a contender for the first time in an event of this magnitude.

Then again, McIlroy knows he’ll be largely at the mercy of the weather. If the wind keeps blowing the way it did Friday, there’s not much chance of making up such a large deficit by firing at the pins in hopes of making a bunch of birdies.

So he looked for what few positives he could take from the day – closing with three straight pars. Perhaps he discovered a bit of mental toughness he didn’t know he had, the kind of fortitude that will come in handy later on.

“I could have let the round get away from me, if I’m quite honest,” he said. “I was starting to get very frustrated. But I did well to par the last three holes. I’m just going to go back now and have a bit of room service and get some sleep and get ready for tomorrow.”


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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.