Managing expectation will be as important to Rory McIlroy in the coming months as the nuts and bolts of his golf game.
There are shades of Tiger Woods in his prime surrounding the McIlroy buzz as he prepares for the US PGA Championship, following back-to-back wins in the Open Championship and WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He is No1 in the world once again and in search of a hat-trick at a major he won by eight strokes in 2012.
Yet McIlroy has, smartly, moved to calm chat of his potential dominance. â€œOf course I have heard that and Iâ€™ve read that,â€ said the Northern Irishman. â€œSometimes I feel that people are too quick to jump to conclusions, jump on the bandwagon and jump on certain things.
â€œIâ€™ve had a great run of golf and Iâ€™ve played well over the past few months. Look, I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of become one of the dominant players in the game. I felt like I had the ability to do that and itâ€™s just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is near the top of the world rankings and competing in majors and winning.
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Rory McIlroy returned to the top of the world rankings after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio by two strokes from Sergio Garcia.
The Northern Irishman trailed the Spaniard by three shots at the start of the final day in Akron but clawed back the deficit inside four holes.
The Open champion signed for a four-under 66 to finish on 15 under, while Garcia closed with a scrappy 71.
Tiger Woods was forced to quit midway through the round with a back injury.
McIlroy’s first WGC title will see him overtake Australian Adam Scott at the top of the world rankings, regaining the position he last held in March 2013.
The 25-year-old was hugely impressive at Hoylake last month and was keen to show there would be no hangover when he arrived in Ohio this week.
“I’m really proud of following up the Open with a performance like this. I wanted to keep going and keep performing until the end of the season,” McIlroy said.
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Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” the big-hitting American said.
Johnson, who finished in a tie for ninth at the British Open earlier this month before missing the cut at the Canadian Open last week, did not say when he plans to return to the tour.
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” Johnson, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour who is ranked 16th in the world, said in a statement issued by his management company.
“By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”
Johnson, 30, considered one of the top players in the game, stands fourth in the PGA Tour’s FedExCup points list and fifth in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
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Rory McIlroy clinched his first Open Championship and third major title with a two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler on a thrilling final day at Hoylake.
The Northern Irishman joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of golf’s modern majors by the age of 25.
McIlroy, 25, now just has the Masters left to complete a career Grand Slam.
Starting six clear, McIlroy fired a final-round 71 to finish 17 under as Garcia, who three times got to within two strokes, shot 66 and US Open runner-up Fowler 67.
American Jim Furyk, 44, matched his fourth place in 2006 with a 65 to end 13 under.
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Rory McIlroy produced some majestic golf to set the pace on a glorious first day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
The 25-year-old shot a stunning six-under 66 to head Italy’s Matteo Manassero, 21, by one stroke.
World number one Adam Scott, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Americans Brooks Koepka and Jim Furyk were another shot further back.
Tiger Woods, who won at the Hoylake course the last time it staged the Open in 2006, fired a three-under 69 despite having played only one tournament since back surgery in March.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson took 74 and Justin Rose, winner of his last two tournaments including last week’s Scottish Open, had an even-par 72.
World number two Henrik Stenson of Sweden also finished level, while US Open champion Martin Kaymer was one over.
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Rory McIlroy broke the course record to lead after the first round of the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.
The Northern Irishman recorded seven birdies in an seven-under 64 to set the pace a week out from the Open.
Swede Kristoffer Broberg and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez shot 65 as Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey took 66.
Scots Marc Warren and David Drysdale and English duo Luke Donald and Richard Bland were four under, with defending champion Phil Mickelson three under.
McIlroy, who has not played in the event since 2009, has had mixed success in Europe this season, winning the PGA Championship at Wentworth but then missing the cut at his home Irish Open.
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Sam Trott has won the Wee Wonders qualifier at Farrington with a gross score of one under par 26 over the nine-hole course.
The Weymouth Golf Club youngster, who bounced back having lost on countback last year, now heads off to St Andrews in August.
The 11-year-old also excelled in the National Skills Challenge with a maximum score of 30 out of 30 in the Rookie event.
Sean Dimmick and Mark Rankin shone in the Tour event, both scoring 47 out of 50 and could possibly qualify for the regional finals later in the year.
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A STUNNING performance from Sam Trott saw him win this yearâ€™s Junior Open at Weymouth Golf Club in style.
A 12-under-par round of 58 (nett) saw the 10-year-old take the title by three shots from Billy Hathway and George Hawkins.
Trottâ€™s triumph also led to a four-stroke handicap cut, meaning the youngster will now be playing off 16 rather than 20.
The champion led home a field of 78 and made it a weekend to remember for the Trott household after dad Andy won the Secretaryâ€™s Putter the day before with a gross score of 82, nett 65.
â€œSam is one of a group of youngsters who are going to shine in the next couple of years,â€ said Weymouth club pro Des Lochrie.
â€œItâ€™s hard to say how far he can go because he is still young but that is a great score.
â€œIt was a great event and the scoring was exceptional really â€“ I can only dream of making those scores.â€
Hathway just had the edge on Hawkins for second place, taking the runner-up spot on countback.
Result: 1 Trott (78/20/58), 2 c/b Hathway (77/16/61), 3 Hawkins (77/16/61)
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