Tag:Rory McIlroy
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:44 pm

McIlroy brings in expert to hone putting stroke

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the growing legion of Rory McIlroy supporters, take solace not in the score he posted on Thursday, but by what preceded it.

McIlroy, the defending champion at the Wells Fargo Championship after firing a scintillating 62 in the final round last year, was 13 shots higher in his opening round, but there nonetheless was a positive development this week on another front.

McIlroy, whose putting has been increasingly critiqued over the past few months, sought help from flat-stick guru and two-time major winner Dave Stockton this week at the Quail Hollow Club. The two worked together on Monday and Tuesday.

The work wasn't exactly major, but it was designed to help implement a bit more feel into McIlroy's hot-and-cold putting touch. If McIlroy becomes a more consistent putter, especially under pressure, the top guns had better duck. He's already ranked No. 6 in the world and he just turned 22 on Wednesday.

"He helped me more with my routine without really getting into the stroke at all," McIlroy said.

Stockton and his son, Dave Jr., have become the hottest short-game guys in the business, working to help a slew of players on the greens, including Phil Mickelson, J.B. Holmes and too many other prominent tour winners to mention.

Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 12:39 pm

Can McIlroy supply Holywood ending Sunday?

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Three hours before their favorite son starts the biggest workday of his young career, an anxious crowd was already gathering back home.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy grew up playing at Holywood Golf Club outside Belfast, where members and friends were collecting themselves to watch the final round on television from Augusta National.

CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz said he called the club at around 12 p.m. ET, and was told that a throng was already forming, including two newspaper reporters and a TV crew, to watch the reaction of McIlroy's friends and fans at the wellspring where he learned the game.

Nantz said it was not certain whether McIlroy's parents, who aren't with him in Augusta, will join the party or not. Gerry McIlroy, Rory's father, used to tend bar at the club, one of the many jobs he held to help finance his son's golf over the years.

Rory, 21, started play on Sunday with a four-shot lead. Only three players in the previous 74 years of Masters play have lost a 54-hole lead that big entering the final round.
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:05 pm

Rory roars into weekend with late salvage effort

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy probably isn't going to win the Honda Classic. But at least he isn't going home early.

One stroke outside the Honda Classic's projected cutline after a bogey on the 13th hole Friday, the Northern Irishman played the last five holes in 2 under and finished with a 1-over 71, which means's he'll play on the weekend after all.

The projected line was fluctuating, but after the bogey on the 13th, McIlroy was on the wrong side of the redline. Fighting to make the cut is a little like battling for a tournament title, though not exactly. It's a different type of stress.

"It's certainl;y different," said McIlroy, ranked No. 8 in the world. "To play the last five holes in 2 under was a good effort. I have played well this week, I just haven't been scoring."

The closing holes at PGA National represent one of the toughest stretches on the PGA Tour, so he definitely picked the right time to rally. McIlroy hasn't had much luck on the greens.

"I feel like I have played pretty well," said the 21-year-old, who is 4 over and 10 shots off the lead. "I'm pretty happy with the way I am hitting it."
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