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World No 1 Jordan Spieth faces fine for slow play at Abu Dhabi Championship following Rory McIlroy ‘masterclass’

Basically players will be subjected to sustained monitoring as soon as their group is deemed out of position. Any player who then exceeds the time permitted to play a shot – 50 seconds if first to play and 40 seconds thereafter – will be issued with a “monitoring penalty”. Two monitoring penalties will result in […]

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Danny Willett aims to turn back clock against Rory McIlroy

McIlroy threw every­thing at his fellow teenager after conceding that early lead, playing the next nine holes of the windswept links in five-under. But it was not enough and although Willett’s progression in the championship -– following that 2&1 surprise – was also soon to come to an end, his advancement thereafter was marked, even […]

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European Tour fear as Rory McIlroy indicates he will skip BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next year

McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship two years ago and is obviously the main draw. Keith ­Pelley, the Tour’s chief executive, will be desperate to have the Northern Irishman in the field. Last year, Ian ­Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Sergio García and Paul Casey were all absent from the £3.6 million event. For now the Tour can […]

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Rory McIlroy shoots 67 at Turkish Airlines Open and dreams of knockout blow

Apart from a desire to see Sir Alex Ferguson floor Roy Keane in a boxing ring, what Rory McIlroy really wants is a title to end his 2015 season on a “positive spin”. A first-round five-under 67 here at the Turkish Airlines Open left him six shots off the lead set by the pacesetter, South […]

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Rory McIlroy will go again in bid to finish season as world No 1 after falling short at US PGA

That means McIlroy will miss next week’s first event of the FedEx Cup play-off series, the Barclays Championship in New Jersey, but will return for the following week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and then play the last two events. McIlroy’s aim will be to scoop the $ 10 million (£6.38 million) bonus which goes to the […]

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If Rory McIlroy completes grand slam it would be greatest achievement by any GB or Irish individual sports person

It is the sports such as golf, tennis, boxing, athletics and sailing which are all about the individual and only about the individual. They might rely on great coaching and the very best of equipment but their triumphs are not governed by the speed of their car or of their horse (with utter deference to […]

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Rory McIlroy comes to amateur Bradley Neil’s aid in week he could make slam history

In golfing terms, victory at the Amateur Championship makes Willy Wonka’s golden ticket seem like a Tesco coupon. As well as Tuesday’s Georgia Cup in Atlanta – where he will play an 18-hole match against the US Amateur champion, South Korea’s Gunn Yang – it guaranteed entry to last year’s Open at Hoylake and this […]

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Rory McIlroy’s struggles continue ahead of the Masters, while Henrik Stenson rails at PGA Tour officials

Saying that, Stenson was clearly frustrated aft having seen the opportunity of a first PGA Tour title in 18 months slip through his grasp. But looking back, he will surely recognise what a shame it would be if Every’s achievement was in anyway overshadowed. Talk about a course specialist. In the 24 events since breaking […]

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Jordan Spieth sets sights on Rory McIlroy’s world No 1 ranking after dramatic victory at Valspar Championship

As part of this run he also shot a closing 63 to win the Australian Open in Sydney, in a performance that even attracted McIlroy’s admiration. “You could give me another 100 rounds at the Australian and I still wouldn’t sniff 63,” he said. “Very impressive.” Spieth, up to sixth in the world rankings following […]

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Masters 2015: Early taste of Augusta mania for Rory McIlroy as America ramps up the hype

McIlroy had an encounter with Tom Brady in the gym In truth, McIlroy was not out of place amongst those sporting Goliaths, particularly if the cover of the Masters edition of Golf Digest is taken at face value. There is McIlroy posing as Michelangelo’s David. At about the same time as that image hit the […]

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