Rory on 2013: "When they start digging into your personal life, then that’s where it starts to annoy you"
Rory McIlroy might be a former world No 1 but he refuses to come to terms with the scrutiny into his private life and business dealings that comes with his vaunted position in the game.
It was a year of success and failures. A year of disappointments and triumphs. Whether your name is Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Graeme McDowell, the 2013 season leaves many questions unanswered.
David Higgins finished tied for 30th as Miguel Angel Jiménez broke his own record as The European Tour’s oldest champion by winning the Hong Kong Open for a fourth time, writes the European Tour.
Tiger Woods survived, Graeme McDowell expired and Rory McIlroy produced the best round of a windy day in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club.
As tournament host Woods birdied two of his last three holes to follow his sensational 62 with a 72 and remain two shots clear of Zach Johnson (72) at the top on 11 under, McDowell confessed that he played “awful” to card a 75 that left him battling for the minor places in the final edition of the event before it moves to Florida next year.
David Higgins slipped nine shots behind Welshman Stuart Manley heading into the final round of the Hong Kong Open at Fanling.
Most players would be frustrated to play well, shoot 67 and get outscored by five shots by Tiger Woods. Not Graeme McDowell.