McIlroy cures Friday woes with 6-under 66

By Jay CoffinJuly 18, 2014, 7:22 pm

HOYLAKE, England – So much for those Friday struggles, eh, Rory?

When Rory McIlroy tapped in for a first-round 66 on Thursday at Royal Liverpool he promptly faced questions surrounding his recent poor second-round performances. It was a little unfair to bombard the leader with such inquisitions, but the facts are the facts.

McIlroy is a combined 57 under par in opening rounds this year. In the second round, he’s 9 over. He’s posted seven nine-hole scores of 40 or worse this year – six were recorded on Fridays. Through all that, he’s still won once and finished outside the top 25 only once.

But again, the questions were relevant.

It’s safe to assume McIlroy won’t face those questions any longer after he blitzed the Open field Friday to the tune of a second-consecutive 66. McIlroy didn’t make a bogey in the first round and only made one along with seven birdies on Friday to stand at 12-under-par 132. He has opened a four-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, who shot a second-round 65.

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“It was just another solid round of golf, I didn’t have that in my head at all,” McIlroy said about negative Friday thoughts. “Going out there, I just wanted to play another solid round of golf, stick to my game plan, stick to doing what I do well, which is take advantage of the par 5s, maybe take advantage of some of the other holes that are downwind. That’s all I was thinking about.”

It worked in spades.

McIlroy bogeyed the first hole and there were temporary gasps from those believing the aforementioned streak would continue. But he made birdie on Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 9 to prove that he was going to be the one to be reckoned with in search for his first claret jug and third career major.

“When his driver is on, he’s almost unstoppable,” Rickie Fowler said. “He’s not scared. He’s not scared to go and keep going. So if he’s playing the way he is right now and keeps playing through the weekend, he’s definitely going to be tough to catch.”

McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open by eight shots at Congressional. The next year he won by the same margin at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. McIlroy is up by four and says he has the same feeling now as he did on those two previous occasions.

“I don’t know if I can describe it,” McIlroy said. “It’s just like I have an inner peace on the golf course. I’m very comfortable in this position. I’m very comfortable doing what I’m doing right now. It’s hard to describe.”

And frightening for everyone else in the field.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.