McIlroy won't divulge his new goals for 2013

By Will GrayAugust 29, 2013, 6:35 pm

NORTON, Mass. – A year after winning four times en route to PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, Rory McIlroy is still in search of his first title of the 2013 season. The Deutsche Bank Championship defending champion admitted Thursday that he revised his personal goals earlier this month.

“I reset my goals, I guess, just before Akron,” said McIlroy, who tied for 27th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “At that point I had 10 tournaments left in the season; it’s actually gone up to 12 (having added the Australian Open and Northwestern Mutual World Challenge), but I set a few goals for myself until the end of the year.”

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When asked to elaborate, the current world No. 4 remained tight-lipped about the specifics of his expectations, both original and revised.

“Not even people around me know what those goals were,” he added. “I’d rather keep them to myself.”

A year ago at this event, McIlroy was just three weeks removed from his PGA Championship triumph at Kiawah. He would go on to win both here and at the BMW Championship the following week, ascending to the top of the FedEx Cup points race before ultimately finishing runner-up to Brandt Snedeker in the final standings. This time around, the Ulsterman views this week’s event as a chance to play his way back into contention for the season-long prize with just three tournaments remaining in the 2013 season.

“I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum, trying to play my way into the Tour Championship,” explained McIlroy, who enters the week ranked 36th in playoff points after a T-19 finish last week at The Barclays. “Hopefully I can be competitive, and still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup going into Atlanta.”

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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.