Column: There’s a reason Match Play is only once a year

Sports 03/26/19, 17:45

Rory McIlroy loves match play because he believes it is the purest form of golf.Most would agree.He also prefers single elimination, which he referred to as "straight knockout." In simple terms, lose and go home.Rory McIlroy autographs for fans during a practice round at the Dell Match Play Championship golf ...

McIlroy blocks out noise and hits his stride

Sports 03/18/19, 12:05

Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise, all the distractions, and this was long before he even reached the pivotal three-hole finish at the TPC Sawgrass to win The Players Championship.McIlroy, more than any other player, has been looked upon as golf's next big thing in the decade ...

Furyk closes with flurry, finishes 2nd in hometown event

Golf 03/17/19, 18:54

Jim Furyk was one of the last ones in the field at The Players Championship.He was the last one with a shot to beat Rory McIlroy.The 48-year-old Furyk closed with a flurry Sunday, making birdies at two of the last three holes and just missing another at the famed island ...

McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

Sports 03/17/19, 18:52

His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish.Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face an island that never looks smaller than on Sunday ...

Rory McIlroy wins The Players Championship

Golf 03/17/19, 18:29

Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at The Players Championship and closed with a 2-under 70 to win the next best thing to a major.It required a major performance down the scary stretch at the TPC Sawgrass.McIlroy could not afford to make a mistake ...

Rahm storms into lead at Players Championship

Sports 03/16/19, 18:24

Jon Rahm felt like every shot would be good and most of them were Saturday as he posted an 8-under 64 and built a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood in The Players Championship.Five shots behind going into the third round, Rahm shot 30 on the back nine ...

Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play ‘epidemic’

Golf 03/15/19, 19:45

Rory McIlroy says slow play on the PGA Tour has become an epidemic.McIlroy and playing partners Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar waited on nearly every tee box and in nearly every fairway during the second round at The Players Championship on Friday.Even with daylight saving time, Anirban Lahiri had to ...

Fleetwood finishes strong for Players lead

Sports 03/14/19, 15:55

Tommy Fleetwood kept a clean card in the March wind and finished with three straight birdies for a 7-under 65, setting the early pace Thursday in The Players Championship.The move from May to its traditional spot on the calendar brought green, softer conditions and more wind than usual. Even so, ...

McIlroy waiting for consistent golf to pay off in victories

Golf 03/12/19, 17:19

Rory McIlroy is playing his most consistent golf since the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when he finished no worse than third in nine out of 12 tournaments worldwide with two victories, the latter in the Honda Classic that put him at No. 1 in the world ...

Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place

Sports 03/10/19, 17:12

British Open champion Francesco Molinari rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Bay Hill that capped off an 8-under 64, taking him from five shots behind to a two-shot victory Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Molinari watched the putt kiss off the flagstick and into the ...

Fitzpatrick takes 1-shot lead over McIlroy at Bay Hill

Sports 03/09/19, 18:15

Matt Fitzpatrick managed to avoid bogeys on a Bay Hill course so firm he could barely find any pitch marks on the greens. It led to a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.McIlroy, who has never successfully ...

Cabrera Bello opens with 65 at Bay Hill for early lead

Sports 03/07/19, 14:04

Rafa Cabrera Bello made his debut at Bay Hill with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead Thursday among the early starters in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Bello made all but two of his birdie putts from about 6 feet or closer. He was helped by a pair of 30-foot birdie ...

McIlroy doing everything right but winning

Golf 03/06/19, 15:50

Rory McIlroy has few complaints about the state of his game, only the results.That doesn't bother him, either.At least not yet.FILE - In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 file photo, Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, poses with the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, ...

Honda Classic gets only 3 of the world’s top 20 players

Sports 02/27/19, 15:54

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among the golfers who live in the vicinity of PGA National and may very well be home this weekend. They just won't be playing at the Honda Classic.The condensing of the PGA Tour schedule is forcing players to make some tough decisions, ...

Johnson cruises to 20th career title in Mexico Championship

Sports 02/24/19, 19:12

Dustin Johnson struggled early, caught a good break from behind a tree and then breezed to his sixth World Golf Championship title Sunday by closing with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Rory McIlroy in the Mexico Championship.Johnson won for the 20th time on the PGA Tour, making ...

Dustin Johnson wins Mexico Championship for 6th WGC title

Golf 02/24/19, 19:01

Dustin Johnson struggled early, caught a good break from behind a tree and then breezed to his sixth World Golf Championship title Sunday by closing with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Rory McIlroy in the Mexico Championship.Johnson won for the 20th time on the PGA Tour, making ...

Johnson overcomes tree trouble for 4-shot lead in Mexico

Sports 02/23/19, 18:16

Dustin Johnson watched a six-shot lead shrink to two before putting together enough birdies Saturday for a 5-under 66 and a four-shot lead over Rory McIlroy in the Mexico Championship.Johnson nearly threw away his big lead by hitting the trees three times on his way to a double bogey on ...

Johnson builds 2-shot lead in Mexico as Woods rallies

Golf 02/22/19, 19:28

Dustin Johnson putted for birdie on every hole Friday and shot a 4-under 67, leaving him bogey-free for 36 holes and two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar going into the weekend at the Mexico Championship.Tiger Woods got back in the game with a 65, and one shot ...

McIlroy opens with 63 has Woods struggles in Mexico debut

Sports 02/21/19, 19:08

Rory McIlroy nearly made a hole-in-one on the same short par 4 that Tiger Woods hit his first competitive shot in Mexico out-of-bounds. McIlroy kept right on rolling to an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the Mexico Championship.Woods opened with a double bogey and salvaged his round ...

Rory McIlroy launches program for fans who love to play golf

Sports 02/05/19, 13:18

Rory McIlroy can't imagine what his life would be like without golf, and now he wants to cultivate his joy of the game with as many people as possible through a partnership with NBC Sports Group.McIlroy on Tuesday launched "GolfPass," a direct-to-consumer subscription program that will deliver more than just ...

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