McIlroy hopes to get back on track at Irish Open

By Associated PressJune 27, 2012, 5:37 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Backed by record galleries and buoyed by his stunning feats here as a 16-year-old rising star, Rory McIlroy heads into the Irish Open at Royal Portrush intent on reviving his stuttering season and winning his home tournament for the first time.

McIlroy has missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments and lost his No. 1 ranking to Luke Donald.

However, memories of an 11-under 61 on the links course in Antrim during the 2005 North of Ireland Championship are spurring McIlroy. If he makes the cut, he'll be performing before sellout crowds of 27,000 all four days of the tournament, a first for the European Tour.

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''The last couple of years, I didn't really enjoy the tag of home favorite, I just didn't feel very comfortable with it,'' McIlroy said. ''This year I really want to embrace that.''

He'll be joined by fellow countrymen and major winners Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell when Northern Ireland hosts the Irish Open for the first time since 1953.

McDowell arrives after a second-place finish at the recent U.S. Open, while Clarke knows the course well after relocating to the area from London four years ago. He claims the move was a big factor behind his win at the British Open last year.

''It's almost got an Open feel, which is what I think the course deserves. It's just a very special place,'' said Clarke, who hasn't finished better than 20th at a tournament since his victory at Royal St. George's last July.

However, most eyes will be on the second-ranked McIlroy, the winner of the 2011 U.S. Open.

His consistent form from the start of 2012 deserted him, failing to make the weekend at his last event in Europe, the flagship PGA Championship at Wentworth and the U.S. Open in San Francisco.

''I've put 10 days of really good work in. My game feels good,'' said the 23-year-old McIlroy. ''It actually felt pretty good at the U.S. Open.

''I felt like it was starting to come around. In a way it couldn't be a better time to come back here and play Portrush. It brings back so many good memories, and you can feed off that, and that gives you some confidence.''

With the British Open less than a month away, the Irish Open gives players some timely experience of links golf. The forecast is for wind and rain, conditions Clarke usually relishes.

Two-time British Open champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland is also in the field, along with PGA Championship winners Rich Beem and Keegan Bradley.

Watch live, first-round coverage of the Irish Open on Golf Channel Thursday at 9AM ET.

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm