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Category: Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy declares intention to play for Ireland at 2020 Olympic Games

• McIlroy did not play at 2016 Games in Rio• World No4 said: ‘I’m excited to play for Ireland’Rory McIlroy is expected to compete for Ireland at next year’s Olympics after revealing a change of stance regarding his participation. McIlroy was one of a n…

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Rory McIlroy tops UK’s richest young sports star list for third year running

Golfer’s fortune stands at £138mFootballers dominate all-male listThe Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has been named the UK’s richest young sports star for the third year running, increasing his fortune by £28m to £138m, in an all-male list dominate…

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Tiger Woods’s peers all agree his return to the top is great for golf

• Rory McIlroy: ‘I couldn’t be happier, it is a great day for golf’• Brooks Koepka: ‘The atmosphere around Tiger is mind-blowing’It is highly rare for those defeated to take such joy from the identity of the winner. That Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, X…

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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau share the lead in Masters

• Ian Poulter the leading Briton as Americans dominate day one• Tiger Woods rolls back the years with superb round of 70A riled Brooks Koepka tends to be a dangerous Brooks Koepka. This golfer, who derives ongoing inspiration by what he perceives as a …

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Rory McIlroy suffers an opening round of swings and roundabouts | Andy Bull

The Masters pre-tournament favourite was left with plenty to meditate on after struggling to read the greensIt is surprising Rory McIlroy is not a superstitious sort, since he seemed to have tried every other little thing he can think of that might hel…

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Rory McIlroy’s big-picture mentality could end in a Masters high-five | Ewan Murray

The world No 3 goes chasing the career grand slam on the back of winning the Players and with an altered mindsetGene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods. Rory McIlroy? In his wildest dreams as a young golfer, even when holing p…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need to fill a void in my life by winning majors’

In an exclusive interview, Rory McIlroy says he desperately wants to win the Masters to complete his collection of the top four but already has something more valuable and that is fulfilmentThe most astute observations about elite sport do not always c…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need to fill a void in my life by winning majors’

In an exclusive interview, Rory McIlroy says he desperately wants to win the Masters to complete his collection of the top four but already has something more valuable and that is fulfilmentThe most astute observations about elite sport do not always c…

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Tiger Woods beats Rory McIlroy to reach WGC-Dell Match Play quarters

• American beats Northern Irishman 2&1 in Austin• Woods faces Lucas Bjerregaard nextTiger Woods endured a titanic battle with Rory McIlroy but edged his way into the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play following an intriguing 2&a…

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Tiger Woods beats Rory McIlroy to reach WGC-Dell Match Play quarters

• American beats Northern Irishman 2&1 in Austin• Woods faces Lucas Bjerregaard nextTiger Woods endured a titanic battle with Rory McIlroy but edged his way into the quarter-finals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play following an intriguing 2&a…

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Tiger Woods fights back to set up Austin showdown with Rory McIlroy

• Woods two down to Patrick Cantlay before winning 4&2• McIlroy beats Matt Fitzpatrick to clinch his place in last 16A brilliant eagle helped Tiger Woods roar back from an early deficit to set up an eagerly-anticipated showdown with Rory McIlroy in…

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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…