Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:44 pm

Rory McIlroy plays tennis with Maria Sharapova

By Shane Bacon

We know that Rory McIlroy has the chops to win on the links. His victory last week not only came over Tiger Woods, but it made him the No. 1 golfer in the world. And his girlfriend? A former No. 1 tennis player in the world, and she was taking place in the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Caroline Wozniacki asked for a volunteer to play a point against Maria Sharapova, and she just so happened to pick her boyfriend, Rory.

Watch McIlroy win a point against Sharapova and celebrate more than when he won on Sunday.


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Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:55 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 3:18 pm

Video: LPGA leader hits 'amateur' like shot

By Shane Bacon

There aren’t a lot of times when you are watching a professional golf event and see a shot that gives you flashbacks of your Saturday foursome group, and when you do see terrible shots, they aren’t normally from the leader of an event.

But Angela Stanford, leading the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore did just that on Thursday. Standing over her second shot on the par-5 9th, her final hole of the day, Stanford cold-topped it about 80 yards down the fairway. Don’t believe me? Watch the video.

The craziest part? She went on to make birdie on the hole, finishing at 6 under to take the lead by two shots. Normally when I hit the ball with the bottom of my golf club, I make a number most quarterbacks wouldn’t even wear on their jerseys. 

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Category: Golf
Posted on: March 7, 2011 8:41 am

Speaking of separated at birth ...

Swedist star Henrik Stenson, who has perhaps the most deadpan sense of humor of any player in the elite ranks, is gunning for Ben Crane in the homemade video department.

This was posted on the European Tour website last week. Sorry it took so long to find it.


Hopefully, the former Ryder Cupper can get his flagging game turned around. He didn't make the field this week at Doral and is off to Puerto Rico top play in the PGA Tour's opposite event.
Category: Golf
Tags: stenson, video
Posted on: March 9, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 4:22 pm

Rising Rory shares Tiger video glory

DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy, already becoming a household name in golf, is about do reach a new threshhold in the virtual-golf category, too.

It was announced Tuesday that Mcllroy will adorn the cover along with the namesake of EA Sports' 2011 version of the Tiger Woods video game, one of the company’s most popular sellers.

McIlroy, technically a rookie this year on the PGA Tour at 20, is certainly an appealing age to the game’s biggest demographic. Before the conspiracy theorists start mulling the possibility that sharing the cover with a second player was solely a way to diffuse attention from Woods’ headline-grabbing extra-marital issues, guess again.

It’s the first time Woods has shared the cover, but the newest version has a new twist.

“They needed a European player because it’s a Ryder Cup [theme] this time,” said McIlroy’s manager, Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management.

In the past, it’s been formatted a stroke-play game. Chandler said EA Sports came to McIlroy with the offer -- even though he has never played in the Ryder.

“It’s a very short-term deal,”’ Chandler said. “Because if he [McIlroy] becomes top man, everything changes. But he [McIlroy] was very happy.”

McIlroy, a native or Northern Ireland, is No. 9 in the world ranking and playing this week at the CA Championship at Doral. Chandler said that every player he has ever represented has wanted to be included in the Woods video game, regardless of age, albeit for various reasons.

“Darren Clarke always wanted to be in it because his kids played the game,” Chandler laughed. “Rory wants to be in it because he’s that age where everybody plays.”
Adding McIlroy to the cover is a prudent move irrespective of Woods’ off-the-course issues. Already considered one of the game’s future stars, bringing fresh faces like McIlroy into the mix as Woods, now 34, grows older, helps hedge future bets for the EA Sports, one of the few endorsement deals Woods retained after three months of travails.

Category: Golf
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