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September 11, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
ONE DAY Rory McIlroy was on top of the world, the next day he was caught in an identity crisis between two golfing nations. "I was hoping that my success on the golf course would be the more popular topic of golfing conversation today," McIlroy said in a letter he posted Monday on Twitter. Not long after he beat the strongest leaderboard of the year in the BMW Championship in Carmel, Ind., McIlroy found himself in the middle of a debate over which flag he might represent when golf returns to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
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June 16, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
SEEKING TO KILL some time the other day, Rory McIlroy climbed the Art Museum steps and had his photo taken with his arms raised, as so many tourists of Philadelphia have done. He did so in jeans and a clean, white T-shirt under a Phillies jersey bearing his name, a red Phils hat turned backward. The visual, at least for me, looked much less Rocky Balboa and much more Bruce Springsteen on his 1984 "Born in the USA" album cover. Not exactly what he was going for. But - and this is important when discussing the young Irishman - it still kind of made sense.
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September 17, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
And comes now the bagpiper, with that music so mournful, so achingly familiar, so haunting in its melancholy beauty. Has any lyricist ever penned its equal? But come ye back when summer's in the meadow, Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow, Yes, I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow . . . - Danny Boy   Comes now Rory Boy, freckled of face, curly of hair, determined of jaw, purposeful of stride, eyes set on the far horizon at a goal only he can see. He is, as they say, The Next Big Thing, at once precocious and poised.
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January 16, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
R ORY McILROY and Tiger Woods are on the same team now - at least when it comes to sponsorship. McIlroy officially made the switch to the swoosh on Monday as Nike announced it had signed a multiyear deal with the top-ranked Northern Irishman. The deal means Nike now has golf's two biggest names representing its brand, as Woods has been with the sportswear company since turning pro in 1996. Nike did not disclose any financial details of the deal, but industry observers have estimated that McIlroy will be paid up to $20 million a year to use the company's equipment and apparel.
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April 12, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Golf can be anything but fair. One day you're looking out over your universe and the next you're trying to figure out what in John Daly's name went wrong. Rory McIlroy can tell you all about it, and he doesn't turn 24 until early next month. Two years ago, the Masters was his to win. Then he threw up all over himself on the back nine on Sunday. It was painful to watch. But he handled it like a vet and 2 months later won his first major, at the U.S. Open by a mere eight shots.
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September 20, 2012 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world, and Jim Furyk says that makes him a marked man at the Ryder Cup. McIlroy has won three of his last four tournaments, starting with a record 8-shot win in the PGA Championship for his second major. He is the favorite again this week at the Tour Championship, where he is the top seed in the chase for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. The Ryder Cup is next week at Medinah, and while McIlroy is one of 12 players for Europe, he has set himself apart.
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March 2, 2013
Rory McIlroy walked off the course in the middle of his round Friday at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and invited even more scrutiny of golf's No. 1 player. McIlroy already was 7-over par through eight holes when he hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 18th and didn't bother hitting another shot. He turned in his scorecard and walked straight to the parking lot. McIlroy told reporters who followed him that he's "not in a good place mentally. " An hour later, his management company issued a statement that the 23-year-old McIlroy couldn't concentrate because of a sore tooth.
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February 23, 2013
The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods . Shane Lowry made a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole at Dove Mountain on Thursday to eliminate McIlroy in the opening round. It was the third time in the last four years the No. 1 seed went home after one round. Charles Howell III beat the second-seeded Woods on the 17th hole. It was the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds were eliminated after one day, though the round took two days because of snow.
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April 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The rivals to Tiger Woods have been lining up now for almost two decades. Some have stayed around. Others have faded from view or didn't deal well with having to overcome the relentless force that is Tiger. Now, Rory McIlroy, the golf world turns its lonely eyes to you as Woods' next big rival. When that likelihood was raised on Tuesday at Augusta National Golf Club to McIlroy, who just relinquished his world No. 1 ranking to Woods, his eyes grew wide under the tugged-down brim of his Nike cap. "Not at all," McIlroy said.
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September 27, 2012 | Associated Press
MEDINAH, Ill. - Rory McIlroy has gone from being a rookie in the Ryder Cup to a marked man at Medinah. McIlroy is the first European in nearly 20 years to go into the Ryder Cup as the No. 1 player in the world, although the star power of this 23-year-old from Northern Ireland is defined by much more than a computer ranking. He already has won two majors, with a record score in the U.S. Open last year at Congressional and a record margin at the PGA Championship last month at Kiawah Island.
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July 29, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Last year Jordan Spieth won two majors, missed a playoff in another by a stroke and was second in the fourth. So naturally the golf world began pondering how long it would take him to do something along those lines again, if not maybe even surpass that. It's the way this expectation stuff works. We're all on the lookout for the next Tiger Woods, even if it happens to be Rory McIlroy one summer and Jason Day the next. Or was that Dustin Johnson? Perspectives can change like that.
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July 15, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Rory McIlroy said he expected to watch some of the Rio Olympics on television but didn't think golf would be among the sports he chose. "Track and field, swimming, diving . . . the stuff that matters," McIlroy said. McIlroy could be watching the Olympic tournament from tee to green if he wanted, but he, along with a number of top professionals, has elected to skip Rio, which offers neither prize money nor world ranking points. Like most of the other golfers who have declined spots on their country's Olympic roster - including Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Jordan Speith, the other three on golf's current Mount Rushmore - McIlroy cited health fears related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
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June 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
OAKMONT, Pa. - Once upon a time, golf had a "Big Three. " And it was, well, historically significant. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Among them, they won 34 majors. And when "The King" got too old, Lee Trevino assumed the role of third musketeer. He would add six majors, one shy of Arnie. Later, Tom Watson came along and got eight more. Some haul, for an extended era. When Tiger Woods ruled the food chain, his only real rival was chasing the Nicklaus legacy.
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April 10, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It took stiff breezes and slick greens on a cool April day but Augusta National bared her teeth again. How hard was it? Even defending champion Jordan Spieth couldn't shoot par. Shifting, 15-mph winds gusted up to 25 mph and confounded the field in the second round of the 80th Masters. The challenge finally devoured world No. 1 Jason Day and U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, but Spieth and Rory McIlroy survived what they both called U.S. Open-type conditions.
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March 7, 2016
Rory McIlroy went into the Cadillac Championship at Doral insisting that everything about his game was solid, and that his ability to contend rested solely on his mental game. His mind must be right. McIlroy made four birdies and no bogeys Saturday in the third round on the Blue Monster, his 4-under 68 getting him to 12 under and 3 shots ahead of Adam Scott and defending champion Dustin Johnson in Doral, Fla. If he wins Sunday, McIlroy would go over $30 million in career PGA Tour earnings, and could get handed the trophy by course owner and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump , who said he will attend the final round, though it's unclear how visible he will be. Bubba Watson (71)
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June 23, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Jordan and Louie must have putted in their gardens as kids. Rory McIlroy called the greens at Chambers Bay "caulifower" after Henrik Stenson called them "broccoli," and Stenson was leading after the first round of this U.S. Open. Ernie Els called them the "worst" he's seen in his 26-year career, which includes four major titles, two of the U.S. Opens. Charl Schwartzel, who won the 2011 Masters, called them "terrible. " FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel embarked on a self-indulgent rant that sounded like he shot a final-round 77 instead of the 67 he carded.
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April 14, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - If you'd told CBS before the first ball was struck this week that Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods would be going out in the second-to-last group on Masters Sunday, they probably would've signed up. Especially the Tiger part. But who would ever figure that two of the five guys tied for fifth place after the first 54 holes of the season's first major would also be 10 strokes behind the record-setting pace being set by last April's runner-up, who appears to be about as precocious as they were at 21?
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April 13, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Before Jordan Spieth went out for another record-breaking day at the Masters, the hills and dales at Augusta National Golf Club reverberated with roars generated by the contestants who figured to be the two most watched at the start of the week. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who teed off 30 minutes apart in the third round Saturday, both created buzz in the galleries by carding scores of 4-under-par 32 on the front nine. Alas, each came home in 36 for 68. Although tied for fifth at 6-under 210, they will play together in Sunday's final round 10 strokes behind Spieth.
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April 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Is it really possible for the top-ranked golfer, who's only trying to win his third straight major and complete a career Grand Slam a month shy of his 26th birthday, to come into the Masters flying under the radar? Maybe Rory McIlroy doesn't want to be considered the obvious favorite this week. Too bad. No way it can be Tiger Woods, even though his first sighting in 2 months has driven the price of a tournament badge way up. When asked, Rory suggested defending champ Bubba Watson, who also won a green jacket in 2012.
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April 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - So what would be the bigger story this week: Rory McIlroy, golf's next great moving target, winning his third straight major - something only Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods have done in the modern era - and bagging the only one he's hasn't won, or Woods winning his first since 2008 and 15th as a pro, to move within three of all-time leader Jack Nicklaus, his only rival who's ever mattered? Honestly, they're not really in the same solar system. Ask CBS. Heck, if Tiger wins this Masters after doing nothing in last 18 months, it might go down as one of the all-time biggest stories.
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