Reno-Tahoe Open

McIlroy begins Year Zero with another 70

Rory McIlroy hits on the 10th tee at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieOne year after relaunching his 2012 season in Akron, Rory McIlroy returned to Firestone to turn back the clock again and opened with a level par 70 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

McDowell: "You have something to fight for as opposed to chewing your shoelaces"

Graeme McDowell pitches to the par-five 16th in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieGraeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy shot a pair of three under 67s to keep their minds on the job heading in the final two rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.

Harrington in the black in Reno

Padraig Harrington pumps his fist after cleaning up a poor day with an eagle worth five points in the Reno-Tahoe OpenAs Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Michael Hoey failed to get into the red at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Padraig Harrington closed with an eagle three at Montreaux Country Club to end up in the black in  the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Padraig: "Maybe we should have a few dancing girls down the side of the fairways"

Padraig Harrington threw the ceremonial first pitch at the local Reno Aces game on Tuesday night. You can see it on his official iPhone app but be warned, it’s hard to see. Best we can tell it was fast, but a little high and riight. If there was ever any doubt that Padraig Harrington is a sponsor’s dream, he proved it in the Biggest Little City in America last night.

Bouncing back in Rubber City - and Reno

The South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron is one of Rory McIlroy’s favourite venues.Graeme McDowell is convinced that the excitement of the forthcoming Ryder Cup will help Rory McIlroy emerge from his mini slump and hit top form.