Newspapers take shots at McIlroy after Masters meltdown

By Associated PressApril 11, 2011, 5:15 pm

LONDON – Some called it a “meltdown,” others labeled it “misery” or a “horror show.” No matter how you describe it, Rory McIlroy’s final round at the Masters turned into agony for the young Northern Irishman from Holywood and for his supporters back in Britain.

The 21-year-old McIlory, who hails from the small town in County Down, fell apart at Augusta National on Sunday just when he seemed poised to win his first major. He shot an 8-over 80 to drop from the top of the leaderboard to 15th – 10 shots behind champion Charl Schwartzel.

“McIlroy slips from master to bogey man on final day,” the Irish Times headlined on its website Monday. In the Irish News, it was “Rory Shattered,” while its fellow Belfast-based newspaper News Letter wrote: “Horror Show.” The Irish Independent headlined “Masters meltdown as Rory fights off tears.”

McIlroy had the lead through the first three rounds, and then teed off Sunday morning with a four-stroke advantage and the chance to become the second youngest winner of the green jacket.

“All he had to do was go out on to the beautifully manicured haven that is Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and to continue doing what he had done for the three previous rounds to claim the U.S. Masters title,” Philip Reid of the Irish Times wrote from Augusta. “Easier said than done, of course.”

McIlroy’s round went from bad – with two bogeys on the front nine – to worse starting on the 10th. He triple-bogeyed that first hole after the turn, followed with a bogey on No. 11 and then double-bogeyed the 12th.

On No. 13, his tee shot went into a creek.

“I realized then that I didn’t have a chance,” McIlroy said Sunday. “Once I hit that tee shot left on 13, I was done.”

Just about everyone watching could see it, too.

“McIlroy looked to be close to fighting back tears as an errant ball took valuable shots as it nestled in a creek,” the Irish Independent wrote Monday.

The headlines in London were equally somber, from “McIlroy Misery” in the Daily Mail to “McIlroy’s Masters dream becomes a horror show” in The Times of London. In the Daily Telegraph, a two-page banner headline read: “McIlroy’s world crumbles after day from hell.”

If McIlroy had won, he would have become the second youngest Masters champion behind Tiger Woods. Instead, his implosion has left him being named alongside players like Jean Van de Velde and Greg Norman, who both fell apart and lost big leads at major tournaments in the 1990s.

“We had hoped to compare the young Northern Irishman to the great Masters champions but instead had to reach for the compendium of great golfing train wrecks,” Matt Dickinson wrote in The Times of London.

Richard Williams of The Guardian also took a harsh look at the freefall.

“McIlroy did not fade out of the contest. He crashed out of it, brakes gone and tires screeching, in a welter of debris,” Williams wrote.

In Ireland, the papers were a bit more lenient.

“Maybe what unfolded on this hallowed turf was all part of some greater plan, but what happened to the 21-year-old Ulsterman was sport at its most cruel,” the Irish Times wrote.

McIlroy’s demise, however, hasn’t dimmed the hopes of the golf faithful in Northern Ireland that the curly haired youngster will be back another day. After all, he has finished tied for third in three of the last six majors.

“This might not have been his time, but there in no doubt that it will come,” Karl MacGinty wrote in the Belfast Telegraph. “Ordinary golfers don’t lead the Masters for three days.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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.