McIlroy's oh-so-normal run at U.S. Open title

By Randall MellJune 18, 2011, 6:51 pm

BETHESDA, Md. – Rory McIlroy’s star continues to rise, but you wouldn’t have known it Saturday morning at the hotel where he’s staying.

For a player of his international stature, McIlroy is refreshingly entourage free at 22 years old. When he came down to meet agent Chubby Chandler and others for breakfast this morning , the 36-hole leader of the U.S. Open was virtually anonymous walking through the lobby.

“He was wearing his eyeglasses, and people don’t recognize him when he’s wearing them,” Chandler said.

McIlroy, who is from Northern Ireland, has been hanging primarily with his father, Gerry, and his manager, Stuart Cage, this week. He has also spent some time rekindling a childhood friendship with Scott Pinckney, a senior at Arizona State University. Pinckney and McIlroy hit it off so well as 9 year olds meeting at the Doral Publix Championship in Miami that McIlroy spent the summer with the Pinckney family in Utah when he was 11 years old. The boys played golf practically every day.

“The Pinckneys still talk about how they could hear the ‘ping . . . ping . . . ping’ and the rolling of golf balls every night with the boys putting in their rooms that summer,” Chandler said.

That’s the same summer Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 shots at Pebble Beach. McIlroy was with the Pinckneys in the United States when he watched that historic rout on television. Who knew back then that McIlroy might challenge the records Woods set at that U.S. Open?

Pinckney made it through a sectional qualifier into this week's U.S. Open. He and McIlroy played a practice round this week and had dinner together. 

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: