Green planet — Irish golf taking on the world
Irish golf might be struggling somewhat to ease players onto the main tours, but when we have the world No 2 heading a five-strong posse in Dubai, a multiple major champion and a WGC winner accompanying a stellar rookie in the US, a Walker Cup winner making his pro debut in Australia and a pair of ambitious Munster men doing their thing from Myanmar to Colombia, it’s clearly not all that bad.
Magisterial McIlroy imposes his law; passes Harrington in career earnings with Dubai win
Rory McIlroy has won 16 events since Padraig Harrington captured his third major in 2008. In fact, Irish golf has racked up 44 wins on the world’s main professional tours since McIlroy hit the tour full time eight years ago and with more than a third of the wins going to the curly haired wonderkid from Holywood, it’s clear that bar some unforeseen, knock on effect, the result of the legal action against his former management company, which begins in Dublin on Tuesday, is going to be a very small footnote in his career biography.
McIlroy four clear in Dubai after 18th hole save
Rory McIlroy looked certain to go five clear of the field when he went for the 18th in two in the third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. But after finding water short of the green his up and down to save a par five and remain four ahead of the chasing pack felt almost as good. It also said a lot about McIlroy's ability to churn out a score.
McIlroy eager to put "tedious and nasty" legal action behind him
Rory McIlroy used the word "disappointed" four times in his preview interview for the Dubai Desert Classic. Fortunately, he's brilliantly learned how to deal the few misfortunes that have come his way on the golf course in recent years.
Couples on Rory: "When a guy that talented gets his game back, he will dominate"
Rory McIlroy opened with a sensational 63 to Tiger Woods' 68 in Dubai. As Fred Couples said afterwards: "When a guy that talented gets his game back, he will dominate. It is just a matter of for how long and if you can just keep away from people talking about it, you'll do fine."