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McIlroy loaded for Bear this spring

Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:32 am
Edited on: February 23, 2012 1:05 pm
Rory McIlroy hits a shot in his first round win at the Accenture. (Getty Images)

By Steve Elling

MARANA, Ariz. -- Like Jack Nicklaus' home haunt needs more star power.

With a high-end course in West Palm Beach, Fla., that already includes No. 1 Luke Donald and formerly top-ranked Ernie Els as members, the player anointed as a sure future No. 1 is going to be hanging around, too.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, 22, has rented a home in the Jupiter area, through the Players Championship in May, and said he will be spending his time in the States working out of the Bear's Club, the place Nicklaus designed a few years back which serves as his Florida home base.

McIlroy said he will play three straight events starting this week at the Accenture Match play, followed by the Honda Classic and Doral, two events within a few miles of his new South Florida abode. He will take the next three weeks off before playing the Masters.

McIlroy is a member of the PGA Tour this year.

With Els and Donald, that's some serious firepower playing out of the increasingly famous Nicklaus club.

"We could do our own Tavistock [Cup]," Donald cracked earlier this week.

Based on a certain prescribed outcome, McIlroy could unseat Donald as No. 1 with a victory this week. After winning his opening match against George Coetzee, McIlroy faces Anders Hansen of Denmark on Thursday.

Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas also play out of the Bear's Club. Not bad. Not at all. 

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:20 pm

McIlroy loaded for Bear this spring

This is almost sickeningly cute: the Bear and his cubs.  Let the warm and fuzzy thoughts begin.  I can't imagine what it would be like to be an amateur member at that club.  Playing a round with any of those golfers would be sorta like standing next to an elephant in the shower.  

Another major trophy or two could end up back at that club by the end of this year.  It would be especially nice if Dustin Johnson finally broke through for a major this year.  He has been agonizingly close.  Anyone who can hit it as far as he can has a chance to go very, very low at any time.  He just needs to choose his spots better, like Sunday at a major. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:36 pm

McIlroy loaded for Bear this spring

Graeme McDowell says having a home base in the US is key for foreign players hoping to enjoy playing on the US Tour.

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