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the last roars are for rory mcilroy at bay hill


orlando, fla. — the loudest roars at bay hill were for tiger woods. the last ones were for rory mcilroy.mcilroy put on a finishing charge that would have made the king proud. he ran off five birdies over his last six holes to close with an 8-under 64 and win the arnold palmer invitational for his first victory since september 2016.the final stroke looked familiar. mcilroy rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — the kind of putt woods has made so many times at bay hill — that gave him a two-shot lead over bryson dechambeau.woods put on a charge of his own and was one shot out of the lead until hitting out-of-bounds on the 16th hole to fall back into a tie for fifth.






rory mcilroy talks about wedding in first return to golf course


rory mcilroy is back to work this week. well, work as a relative term.        






rory mcilroy says tests show no new injury to his back – the denver post


ponte vedra beach, fla. — rory mcilroy says tests indicate no new injury to his back, only what he described as a “low-grade response” to his rib injury in january.mcilroy had an mri upon returning to northern ireland because of mild pain he felt during the players championship. he said in a statement monday that he is entered in the bmw pga championship next week at wentworth and will decide early next week if he can play.the four-time major champion had a hairline rib fracture in january and missed seven weeks.mcilroy played four times in six weeks through the masters before taking a three-week break to get married. he says he might have aggravated the injury by practicing three days in a row to get ready for the players.






rory mcilroy returns with a wedding ring and new clubs in the bag – the denver p


ponte vedra beach, fla. — a ring on his finger. new clubs in his golf bag.if marriage and a new equipment deal were not enough for rory mcilroy, he also was presented with his own bobblehead for winning the fedex cup last year. that’s the only thing that made him feel old.“all these wrinkles around my eyes,” mcilroy said tuesday as he gazed at the doll. “it makes me look like i’ve been tour two decades instead of one.”he is about to complete his 10th full year as a pro, and it’s been a reasonable ride. mcilroy, who turned 28 on thursday, already has 21 victories around the world and four major championships.but he’s gone through quite a bit since he tied for seventh at the masters.“i needed to address a few issues in between augusta and here, and i did that with the first 10 days after aug






rory mcilroy one shot off lead at dubai entering final round


rory mcilroy was within sight of a first title in 17 months after the third round of the dubai desert classic, where he was only one shot behind surprise leader li haotong on saturday.mcilroy, who finished his second round in the morning, surprisingly struggled for the first time in seven rounds into his comeback from a three-month layoff, and was one-over par at the turn in the third round.advertisementthe four-time major champion then recovered with five birdies on the back nine for a four-under-par 68 and 19 under overall that put him one behind li.li, in the leader group with mcilroy, shot a bogey-free 64 at emirates golf club. li, the highest ranked chinese male player in the world at no. 60, produced a brilliant display of iron play and putting to be in great position to add to his o






the latest: early loss for rory mcilroy at match play


austin, texas — the latest on the dell technologies match play (all times local):1:30 p.m.rory mcilroy faces a tough road if he wants to advance out of his group in the dell technologies match play.soren kjeldsen of denmark birdied his last four holes to beat mcilroy in a wild opening match at austin country club. they halved only five of the 17 holes they played. kjeldsen finished off the no. 2 player in the world with a tee shot into 2 feet on the par-3 17th.it was the first time since 2013 that mcilroy lost in the opening round. the good news? it's not single elimination like it was in 2013, and mcilroy still has two more matches to try to win his group.___10:10 a.m.rory mcilroy was no different from the other 63 players at the dell technologies match play. he wasn't sure how long he wo






tpc notes: rory mcilroy's back is hurting but he plans to finish tournament


rory mcilroy has never been happier off the golf course. now if he could just stop hurting on it.the world’s no. 3 player and recent newlywed said he re-aggravated a rib injury in his upper right back that sidelined him for nearly two months.after he carded a one-under-par 71 to reach even par after two rounds of the players championship, mcilroy said he will be able to play through the weekend. but he plans to get an mri on monday.“it might just be a flare-up of what happened previously and i just need to rest for a few days and it might be ok,” he said. “hopefully that's what it shows in the scan next week.”mcilroy, 28, believes is paying the price for a long layoff followed by too much practice.mcilroy returned from the initial injury march 2 for the world golf championships in mexico c






mcilroy set to miss the cut at irish open


portstewart, northern ireland — defending champion rory mcilroy looks set to miss the cut at the irish open in a blow to his preparation for the british open.mcilroy shot 1-over 73 friday in his second round over the links at portstewart and was 1 over for the tournament, which he is hosting to benefit his foundation. he was four shots off the predicted cut mark.the no. 4-ranked mcilroy missed the cut at the u.s. open last month and hasn't had a victory in an injury-hit 2017 so far.jon rahm, playing in the same group as mcilroy, shot 67 and was a stroke behind leader daniel im (67) midway through day 2.the british open starts july 20 at royal birkdale.






haotong li tops rory mcilroy to win dubai desert classic


dubai, united arab emirates — li haotong held off rory mcilroy to win the dubai desert classic by one shot sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 to deny the northern irishman's bid to win for the first time in 17 months.leading by one shot going to the par-5 18th, li holed a 10-foot birdie putt after mcilroy had reached the green in two. mcilroy two-putted for birdie and a 69.li, who finished at 23-under 265, becomes the first player from china to crack the top 50 in the official world golf ranking.the 22-year-old li started the day one ahead of mcilroy, an advantage that was quickly gone on the first hole when li made a bogey.mcilroy appeared to seize control on no. 10 with a two-shot swing when mcilroy made birdie and li made bogey. mcilroy made bogey on the 11th, only for li to drop a shot






rory mcilroy dealing with sore back again


ponte vedra beach, fla. — as if the tpc sawgrass isn't enough of a challenge, rory mcilroy is dealing with another dose of back pain at the players championship and will have it tested at the end of the week.mcilroy already missed four tournaments over seven weeks earlier this year when he felt soreness in his back during the south african open, where he lost in a playoff, and then was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his rib.after salvaging a 1-under 71 on friday, he said the pain was in about the same spot. he plans to get an mri on monday when he gets to northern ireland."it's in the same area as what the injury was at the start of the year," mcilroy said. "if that injury was an 8 or a 9 in terms of pain and soreness and stiffness, this is around a 4 or 5. it might just be a flare-






rory mcilroy dealing with sore back again


ponte vedra beach, fla. (ap) — as if the tpc sawgrass isn’t enough of a challenge, rory mcilroy is dealing with another dose of back pain at the players championship and will have it tested at the end of the week.mcilroy already missed four tournaments over seven weeks earlier this year when he felt soreness in his back during the south african open, where he lost in a playoff, and then was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his rib.after salvaging a 1-under 71 on friday, he said the pain was in about the same spot. he plans to get an mri on monday when he gets to northern ireland.“it’s in the same area as what the injury was at the start of the year,” mcilroy said. “if that injury was an 8 or a 9 in terms of pain and soreness and stiffness, this is around a 4 or 5. it might just be a f






rory mcilroy: golf with trump was 'not endorsement'


image [email protected] caption president trump with rory mcilroy on sunday rory mcilroy has said a round of golf he played with donald trump was not an endorsement of the us president. mr trump invited the county down golfer to play at his trump international golf club on sunday.after 18 holes on the florida course, mcilroy said of his playing partner: "he probably shot around 80. he's a decent player for a guy in his 70s."however, following a backlash on social media, mcilroy took to twitter on friday evening to defend his actions. in the post, he said he respects mr trump's office and hit out at those who described him as a fascist and a bigot in the wake of the meeting."i don't agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but i still play golf with them," he tweete






rory mcilroy: golf with trump was 'not endorsement'


image [email protected] caption president trump with rory mcilroy on sunday rory mcilroy has said a round of golf he played with donald trump was not an endorsement of the us president. mr trump invited the county down golfer to play at his trump international golf club on sunday.after 18 holes on the florida course, mcilroy said of his playing partner: "he probably shot around 80. he's a decent player for a guy in his 70s."however, following a backlash on social media, mcilroy took to twitter on friday evening to defend his actions. in the post, he said he respects mr trump's office and hit out at those who described him as a fascist and a bigot in the wake of the meeting."i don't agree with everything my friends or family say or do, but i still play golf with them," he tweete






rory mcilroy skipping memorial because of rib injury


dublin, ohio — rory mcilroy is skipping the memorial tournament next week because of a nagging rib injury that also forced him to miss the european tour event this week in england."it's disappointing to miss the memorial tournament," mcilroy said friday in a statement released by tournament officials. "this tournament attracts such a stellar field, and i was excited to try and better my fourth-place finish from last year. the memorial tournament is one of the best tour stops of the year and i hope everyone involved has a great week"the second-ranked mcilroy sustained a hairline fracture during the south african open in january, causing him to miss four tournaments over seven weeks. he played four times in six weeks upon his return until taking a post-masters break to get married. the injur






rory mcilroy feeling better, takes 2-shot lead in mexico


mexico city — sore ribs or sore stomach, it doesn't seem to matter to rory mcilroy. after being gone for seven weeks, he took a two-shot lead into the weekend at the mexico championship with a chance to return to no. 1 in the world.mcilroy holed out from 156 yards for eagle on the 14th hole, part of a three-hole stretch friday when he seized control at chapultepec golf club. mcilroy missed putts inside 6 feet on his last three holes — one for par, two for birdie — and still shot a 6-under 65."look, i'm in a great position," mcilroy said. "but i felt like i could have been a few more ahead."he got 14 hours of sleep to help overcome a stomach virus and said he was feeling a little better.his game looked better than ever.mcilroy was at 9-under 133, two shots ahead of phil mickelson (68), just






mcilroy returns with a wedding ring and new clubs in the bag


ponte vedra beach, fla. — a ring on his finger. new clubs in his golf bag.if marriage and a new equipment deal were not enough for rory mcilroy, he also was presented with his own bobblehead for winning the fedex cup last year. that's the only thing that made him feel old."all these wrinkles around my eyes," mcilroy said tuesday as he gazed at the doll. "it makes me look like i've been tour two decades instead of one."he is about to complete his 10th full year as a pro, and it's been a reasonable ride. mcilroy, who turned 28 on thursday, already has 21 victories around the world and four major championships.but he's gone through quite a bit since he tied for seventh at the masters."i needed to address a few issues in between augusta and here, and i did that with the first 10 days after aug






rory mcilroy returning from another injury at u.s. open in wisconsin – the denve


erin, wis. — the storms moved in overnight and kept pounding erin hills through the morning, closing the course for some three hours with just two practice days remaining before the u.s. open. no one was happier than rory mcilroy.“i wasn’t crying when i saw that rain last night and this morning,” he said tuesday. “it’s a long golf course, and it’s only going to play longer. that benefits a few guys, and luckily, i’m one of them.”there’s more to it than just length.mcilroy won the first of his four majors in the u.s. open six years ago at congressional, a course so softened by rain that he shattered the scoring record (268) and won by eight shots. for someone who grew up in northern ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.the cou






mcilroy says tests show no new injury to his back


ponte vedra beach, fla. — rory mcilroy says tests indicate no new injury to his back, only what he described as a "low-grade response" to his rib injury in january.mcilroy had an mri upon returning to northern ireland because of mild pain he felt during the players championship. he said in a statement monday that he is entered in the bmw pga championship next week at wentworth and will decide early next week if he can play.the four-time major champion had a hairline rib fracture in january and missed seven weeks.mcilroy played four times in six weeks through the masters before taking a three-week break to get married. he says he might have aggravated the injury by practicing three days in a row to get ready for the players.






rory mcilroy's struggle for form continues at scottish open


irvine, scotland — rory mcilroy had already dropped two strokes by misjudging wedge shots early in his first round at the scottish open when he created an opportunity to make amends.from the center of the fairway and less than 100 yards out, mcilroy sent his approach toward the green at the par-4 no. 13 - his fourth hole — at dundonald links. soon, he was hanging his head.the ball landed short and right of the putting surface, and rolled down an incline and into a burn. a drop, a duffed chip and two putts later, mcilroy had made a double-bogey 6 and a round on which he'd placed so much importance was already getting away from him.from 4 over after four holes, mcilroy recovered to shoot 2-over 74 on thursday but was already battling to avoid a third missed cut in four events.hardly the brit






haotong li edges rory mcilroy by one shot to win dubai desert classic


haotong li held off rory mcilroy to win the dubai desert classic on sunday by a single stroke, denying the northern irishman's bid to win his first title in 17 months.li finished on a tournament record 23-under-par 265 after a final-round three-under 69 to win by one shot over mcilroy, who also shot a 69.advertisementthe 22-year-old from china made a 10-foot birdie putt on the last after mcilroy had ramped up the pressure by reaching the par-five 18th hole in two shots.li started the day one ahead of his northern ireland rival and that advantage was quickly gone on the first hole when he made a bogey.however, it was a bogey on the par-five 10th by li that led to a two-shot swing when mcilroy made a birdie there, and the advantage remained with the four-time major champion when his bogey on






haotong li edges rory mcilroy by one shot to win dubai desert classic


haotong li held off rory mcilroy to win the dubai desert classic on sunday by a single stroke, denying the northern irishman's bid to win his first title in 17 months.haotong finished on a tournament record 23-under-par 265 after a final-round three-under 69 to win by one shot over mcilroy, who also shot a 69.advertisementthe 22-year-old from china made a ten-foot birdie putt on the last after mcilroy had ramped up the pressure by reaching the par-five 18th hole in two shots.haotong started the day one ahead of his northern ireland rival and that advantage was quickly gone on the first hole when he made a bogey.however, it was a bogey on the par-five 10th by haotong that led to a two-shot swing when mcilroy made a birdie there, and the advantage remained with the four-time major champion w






mcilroy returns with a wedding ring and new clubs in the bag


ponte vedra beach, fla. (ap) — a ring on his finger. new clubs in his golf bag.if marriage and a new equipment deal were not enough for rory mcilroy, he also was presented with his own bobblehead for winning the fedex cup last year. that’s the only thing that made him feel old.“all these wrinkles around my eyes,” mcilroy said tuesday as he gazed at the doll. “it makes me look like i’ve been tour two decades instead of one.”he is about to complete his 10th full year as a pro, and it’s been a reasonable ride. mcilroy, who turned 28 on thursday, already has 21 victories around the world and four major championships.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.but he’s gone through quite a bit since he tied for seventh at the masters.“i needed to address a few issues in between au






haotong li tops rory mcilroy to win dubai desert classic


dubai, united arab emirates — haotong li held off rory mcilroy to win the omega dubai desert classic sunday by a single stroke, denying the northern irishman's bid to win his first title in 17 months.haotong finished on a tournament record 23-under-par 265 after a final-round three under 69 to win by one shot over mcilroy, who also shot a 69.the 22-year-old from china made a ten-foot birdie putt on the last after mcilroy had ramped up the pressure by reaching the par-5 18th hole in two shots.haotong started the day one ahead of his northern ireland rival and that advantage was quickly gone on the first hole when he made a bogey.however, it was a bogey on the par-5 10th by haotong that led to a two-shot swing when mcilroy made a birdie there, and the advantage remained with the four-time ma






pictures of rory mcilroy's wedding site


it looks like a fairytale.        






rory mcilroy has epic reply for snarky gofler


welp.        






out-of-form mcilroy misses the cut at scottish open


irvine, scotland — rory mcilroy's preparations for next week's british open took another hit on friday when the world no. 4 failed to make the weekend at the scottish open, his third missed cut in his last four events.mcilroy wasn't close with a 7-foot birdie putt on no. 18 and shot 1-under 71 in his second round, with his 1-over total certain to fall short of the cut mark at dundonald links. he was 10 strokes off a three-way lead held by padraig harrington (68), callum shinkwin (68) and alexander knappe (65).mcilroy arrived in scotland saying he "needed to see good signs in his golf game" heading to royal birkdale next week, but his wedge play was disappointing over both days and he didn't hole enough putts. of his seven birdies, five came on par fives.he made two double-bogeys on the par






rory mcilroy one shot off lead at dubai desert classic entering final round


li, in the leader group with mcilroy, shot a bogey-free 64 at emirates golf club. li, the highest ranked chinese male player in the world at no. 60, produced a brilliant display of iron play and putting to be in great position to add to his only previous european tour win, the 2016 china open.






a short week for mcilroy on long road to masters


austin, texas — rory mcilroy rarely has played so well and had so little to show for it.no matter what happens friday in the dell technologies match play, mcilroy won't be around for the weekend. that's not unusual for this event. four times when match play was single elimination, he didn't make it out of the second round.but this week was as strange as it gets for the no. 2 player in the world.he played 17 holes on wednesday, most of them good. mcilroy was 4-under par and would have beaten most players in the opening round, except that soren kjeldsen closed with four straight birdies, the last one a pitching wedge that landed 2 inches from the cup on one of the toughest little par 3s in texas.no shame there."overall, i can't be disappointed," he said.and that's when his week took an unexp






mcilroy takes a break from social media after elkington spat


portstewart, northern ireland — rory mcilroy is taking a break from social media after getting embroiled in a twitter spat with fellow golfer steve elkington.after mcilroy missed the cut by four shots at the u.s. open last month, elkington, a former u.s. pga champion, tweeted that the northern irishman was "bored" of playing golf because he had plenty of money in the bank.four-time major winner mcilroy sent a tweet in response to elkington, before posting a screenshot of his wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game."i sort of regret sending it at the end," mcilroy said wednesday, "but i actually gave my wife, erica, my phone and my twitter and told her, 'change my password to something else and don't tell me what it is.'"so as of the time being, i'm off social media






thomas pieters leads in abu dhabi, where dustin johnson and rory mcilroy are in


"i always struggle to read these greens, the color of them, and i feel like i'm hitting good putts and they are just sliding by the edges," mcilroy said. "but it was nice, i stayed patient and feel like i got what i deserved on the last for staying so patient, and it was nice to finish with a three, leapfrog a few guys and get myself into contention for the weekend."






golf roundup: rory mcilroy one shot off lead at mexico championship


rory mcilroy had more trouble with his stomach than his ribs. the golf was just fine. playing for the first time in seven weeks because of a rib injury, mcilroy coped with a bad stomach and the high altitude with a three-under-par 68 that left him one shot out of a six-way tie for the lead as the mexico championship made a strong debut thursday in mexico city. phil mickelson and lee westwood, two of the four players who were in the field for the first edition of this world golf championships event in 1999, each shot 67 and were joined at the top by pga champion jimmy walker, ross fisher, jon rahm of spain and ryan moore. westwood and walker each made it to six under until two bogeys over their final few holes. mcilroy, who can return to no. 1 with a victory this week, had not competed sinc






rory mcilroy reveals he's giving up social media


he's taking an indefinite hiatus.        






a short week for mcilroy on long road to masters


austin, texas (ap) — rory mcilroy rarely has played so well and had so little to show for it.no matter what happens friday in the dell technologies match play, mcilroy won’t be around for the weekend. that’s not unusual for this event. four times when match play was single elimination, he didn’t make it out of the second round.but this week was as strange as it gets for the no. 2 player in the world.he played 17 holes on wednesday, most of them good. mcilroy was 4-under par and would have beaten most players in the opening round, except that soren kjeldsen closed with four straight birdies, the last one a pitching wedge that landed 2 inches from the cup on one of the toughest little par 3s in texas.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.no shame there.“overall, i can’t b






a lost week for mcilroy at match play


austin, texas — call it a lost week in texas in an already unusual year for rory mcilroy.the four-time major champion from northern ireland lost his opening round at the dell technologies match play, then lost any chance of advancing when gary woodland withdrew from the group a day later for what was described as a personal family matter. that move guaranteed denmark's soren kjeldsen would win the group and mcilroy would be shut out of the knockout stages.so what's the world no. 2 to do? time to look ahead to the masters.on friday morning, mcilroy teed off against argentina's emiliano grillo and they splashed their way around a soggy austin country club for a meaningless 18 holes. even that was a dull affair as they halved the match before making their getaway for the weekend. mcilroy had






mcilroy hits it all over the place at us open


erin, wis. — rory mcilroy sprayed the ball all over the place. casting aside his own advice, he decided to stay for another day at the u.s. open.mcilroy hit just five of 14 fairways on his way to a 6-over 78 in the first round. he got a close look at some of erin hills' notoriously thick fescue, but he wasn't alone."you cannot play this golf course if you're not in position off the tee, and i wasn't in position," mcilroy said. "obviously, i paid the price for it today."he had plenty of company. jason day also tangled with fierce fescue and had two triple bogeys in his round of 79. dustin johnson hit nine of 14 fairways and was 3 over thursday. pat perez swung and missed completely in the tall grass behind the 15th green."i just played bad golf, man," day said with a chuckle.the usga said t






mcilroy able to play, wanting to win as fedex cup starts


ten days ago, rory mcilroy wasn’t sure if he was going to play the rest of the year.a week off made him feel good enough that a nagging rib injury can be managed well enough for him to compete in the fedex cup playoffs. and with just over a month before he shuts it down for the year, mcilroy wants to do more than just play.“i think the real thing for me was i want to win,” mcilroy said wednesday. “i want to win at least once before the end of the year. i haven’t not won a tournament since the 2008 season, which was my real rookie season on the european tour.”even in 2013, when he struggled with an equipment change, mcilroy won the australian open by one shot over adam scott and headed into the offseason feeling better about his game. he wound up winning two majors the following year.most r






rory mcilroy responds to backlash after playing golf with president trump


rory mcilroy probably made himself one of the least popular golfers last week after playing a round with president trump. the backlash he received on social media confirms it.the amount of ridicule he received pestered him so much that he released a statement on twitter explaining why he played golf with trump.mcilroy recently told the guardian that he’s been “massively” interested in u.s. politics.“i really got into it once trump ran because i knew him a little bit, but at the same time, i was intrigued how a successful businessman could transition into running for the highest office in the land,” he said. “it is a totally different process from the uk. he obviously came at it from a completely different angle.“i’ve said it to the man himself; on a tuesday night at a tournament, if there