Confused McIlroy nearly misses singles match

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 30, 2012, 4:27 pm

MEDINAH, Ill. – Rory McIlroy’s disappointing Ryder Cup nearly ended in disaster. McIlroy arrived at Medinah Country Club just 10 minutes before his 12:25 p.m. ET tee time. (Click for full singles matches)

Note, that’s Eastern Time not Central Time. Golf Channel’s Steve Sands reported that McIlroy thought his singles match against Keegan Bradley was 12:25 local time. In order to make it to the Chicago-area course in time – and make it through the enormous crowds and traffic – McIlroy received a police escort.

McIlroy ran from his car to the practice putting green, hit a couple of putts, ate an energy bar and then pushed his tee shot right.

'We did start to get a bit nervous when we were hanging around the locker room and then someone realized Rory was not there,' European captain Jose Maria Olazabal said. 'We had a look around for him and then called to see where it was. Of course it would have been bad if he had missed it, but it all worked out and he got here just in time.'

Thousands of fans on the first tee had fun at McIlroy’s expense. As Bradley waited on the tee, they chanted, “Where is Rory?”

And when he finally made his way across the scaffolding and toward 1 tee, they yelled, “Cen-tral time zone!”

With a smile on his face, McIlroy told Sands that he blamed Golf Channel for his late arrival because he kept hearing that his match was at 12:25 ET, forgetting what time zone he was in.

“I’ve never been so worried driving to the golf course,” McIlroy said after defeating the previously unbeaten Bradley, 2 and 1. “Luckily, there was a state trooper outside. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have got here (in time).”

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.


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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”


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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.


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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.