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Category: Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy fancies his chances at Masters after ending drought

• Victory at Players stopped run of disappointing final rounds• ‘I don’t play golf to answer… I play golf for myself’Should Rory McIlroy dance to the tune of golf, his inconsistency would be worthy of ridicule. Instead, a player victim of criticism f…

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Rory McIlroy wins prestigious Players Championship in thrilling finish

• Northern Irishman wins ‘fifth major’ on St Patrick’s Day• Jim Furyk one shot behind, Eddie Pepperell tied for thirdThis isn’t the most high profile victory of Rory McIlroy’s career but it is without doubt among the most significant. That McIlroy clai…

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McIlroy and Fleetwood put in Players shade by ‘great day’ for Jon Rahm

• McIlroy and Fleetwood trail Spaniard’s 15 under par by a shot• McIlroy: ‘I’m still right there going into tomorrow’Perhaps, given recent history, Rory McIlroy will take this position and the relative peace and quiet that comes with it. The Northern I…

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Victory in US for Tommy Fleetwood ‘only a matter of time’, says Rory McIlroy

• Englishman shot first-round 65 in Players Championship• ‘He is one of the best players in the world’It was hardly a shock to hear Rory McIlroy endorse the chances of Tommy Fleetwood winning in the United States before long. Singing Tommy’s praises ha…

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Smart money is on Rory McIlroy snapping out of Sliding Sundays

Four-times major winner has failed to win from the final pairing on the last nine occasions. What would Jordan Spieth give for this supposedly woeful situation?Rory McIlroy has encountered this statistical storm before. Only the day – and the year – ha…

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Francesco Molinari continues success at Bay Hill as Rory McIlroy falters

• Italian overhauls Matt Fitzpatrick with final-round 64• Rory McIlroy: ‘It’s hard to shoot a score from 30 feet’Beware the lurking Italian: Francesco Molinari is making a rather useful habit of this. Glory at last summer’s Open Championship arrived fr…

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Rory McIlroy hoping theme park tradition sees him home in Orlando

• Northern Irishman visited Disney World after his second round• McIlroy trails Matt Fitzpatrick by a stroke going into final roundIt is hard to imagine the Tower of Terror being a precursor to glory, let alone influential in the very same. Rory McIlro…

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Francesco Molinari lands an ace and gets his season off to a flyer at Bay Hill

• Open champion round in three-under-par 69, McDowell with 68• Cabrera-Bello sets early pace with a 65, Jason Day withdrawsIt should serve as a warning to the leading figures in golf that Francesco Molinari believes he is in better form than a year ago…

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Rory McIlroy prepares for Bay Hill title defence and ponders Masters blank

• No 6 one of three current players one short of career grand slam• ‘I’ve tried four times and failed, Lincoln lost his first election’When seeking to join select company one may presume Rory McIlroy would be perfectly happy to keep said group as tight…

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Path ruling helps Dustin Johnson hold off McIlroy’s challenge in Mexico

• American received a free drop after wayward shot on the 5th• Johnson went on to win Mexico tournament by five shotsPerhaps the whiff of cordite is destined to fill the air for this entire golf season. Glory for Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Mexico, his s…

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Rory McIlroy shooting for a Mexico stand-off with Dustin Johnson

• McIlroy trails American by four shots entering WGC final round• Northern Irishman hoping Johnson repeats tendency to wobbleThis feels like the closing round golf has been waiting for. Although predicting the outcome of tournaments is a fool’s errand,…

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Dustin Johnson takes command as Rory McIlroy struggles on the greens

• Tiger Woods stalking leaders in WGC Mexico Championship• Ricky Fowler penalised after falling foul of new rulesHow thoughts of a procession can quickly evaporate. Rory McIlroy, four holes into his second round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, had alre…

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Rory McIlroy sets off with a bang to lead WGC-Mexico Championship

• Northern Irishman round in eight-under par to lead by a shot• Hatton four shots off pace with Woods signing for level 71Renewed perspective continues to pay off for Rory McIlroy. The sense that victory is tantalisingly close for the Northern Irishman…

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Rory McIlroy sets off with a bang to lead WGC-Mexico Championship

• Northern Irishman round in eight-under par to lead by a shot• Hatton four shots off pace with Woods signing for level 71Renewed perspective continues to pay off for Rory McIlroy. The sense that victory is tantalisingly close for the Northern Irishman…

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Rory McIlroy and formidable field head to Hawaii for 2019 curtain-raiser

The golf season begins in Maui with the game still coming to terms with a rules rejig and the eye-watering sums of money in the offing on the US side of the AtlanticShould Rory McIlroy’s occasionally agonising wait for Masters glory end in April much o…

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Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir

• McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by anoth…

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Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir

• McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by anoth…

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Rory McIlroy could lose European Tour slot and Ryder Cup captain chance

• McIlroy set to play only two European Tour events in 2019• Unbroken membership needed for future Ryder Cup captainsRory McIlroy says he may not fulfil the requirements for European Tour membership next season, a decision which would rule him out of b…

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Francesco Molinari: ‘It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win the Cup’ – video

Europe’s victorious captain, Thomas Bjørn, hailed ‘the best team room I’ve ever been in’ as he reflected on Europe’s 17½-10½ triumph in the Ryder Cup. Fittingly, it was the Open champion, Francesco Molinari, who secured the winning point and became the…

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Rory McIlroy’s heavyweight pillow fight goes the full distance | Andy Bull

The Irishman took on his friend and neighbour Justin Thomas in an opening singles match that turned into an epicRory McIlroy’s Ryder Cup ended with a concession. On the 18th fairway he took one last desperate swing, a final, futile attempt to win the p…