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After a fantastic start to his professional golf career with two majors in the bag, child prodigy and golf superstar Rory McIlroy suddenly hit a wall. His successes thinned out and he started to slide down the world rankings. Rory was making more headlines off the course and on the front pages of the tabloids after a legal dispute with his former management team Horizon; the constant press speculation as to whether he would represent Great Britain or Ireland in the Olympics; and his on-off relationship with Caroline Wozniacki, which led to a New Years Eve engagement in Australia and then the sudden shock split as wedding invitations were being prepared. Then, after all the traumas, came a double triumph in the summer in 2014 which Rory personally described as "an unbelievable summer and the greatest golf of my life." Two more majors followed in just four weeks - The British Open and the USPGA - which put Rory in putting distance of becoming only the sixth man in history to win Golf's Grand Slam as he looks to add the illusive US Masters to his resume.
he gave an initial reaction to them when he divulged: After the Ryder Cup I started to test a little bit but I’ve six or seven weeks to really get into it though I’m pretty much set with everything. It’s just a matter of getting confidence and playing a few rounds and I should be ok. I’m very confident they [Nike’s manufacturers] will get it spot on. I’ve got a set of irons and the woods sorted and it’s just a matter of getting the ball dialed in. It’s the feel of the ball that I find is the
different McIlroy mood had it not been for some of his magic on the last hole. Off the tee, Rory’s ball swung 20 yards off course and over the heads of the crowds into deep rough. When he arrived on the scene, it was a case of all hands on deck. Rory rolled up his sleeves while the crowds moved their portable chairs, bags and even the litter bins in order to clear a path for Rory. With a four iron in hand he whacked the ball out and up towards the green, but it fell short and into more rough.
was purely a business decision and nothing personal at all. I’ve got all the time in the world for Chubby. The key line in that statement is where Rory says he feels like wanting ‘a new environment around me.’ So if he had all the time in the world for Chubby, who had been great to him, who did he want to get away from in that environment, and why? There is little doubt that apart from his mum and dad, Rory also discussed the situation with his great golfing buddy at the time, Graeme McDowell.
with 65 to win on 14 under. Rory finished tied 22nd on five under and at least he could try to improve on this in the overall Fedex competition. This he most certainly did at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Boston the following week. Roared by another hugely partisan ‘Irish’ crowd, once again he did not get off to a great start after posting a -1, 70. He steadily improved with a 69 in the second round and after dazzling the crowds with a fantastic 64 in the penultimate round, he had put
at Mickelson in jest saying ‘we’re going to call in the FBI!’ This referred to part of Phil Mickelson’s financial affairs which are currently being investigated by the FBI. It all made for an intriguing match where Mickelson and Bradley had the last laugh. They won on the very last hole after an inspired display from Bradley. He took the match by the scruff of the neck with brilliant winning approaches on 17 and 18. McIlroy was visibly disconsolate as he took off his cap afterwards and on the