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Posts Tagged ‘Abu Dhabi.’

Bad start to 2013 by McIlroy continues with withdrawal from Honda Classic; Guthrie leads after two rounds

Rory McIlroy (Megasportsnews.com photo)

Northern Ireland golf star Rory McIlroy has not had the start to the PGA Tour season that would suit his taste.

In three tournaments, the 23-year-old fan favorite, missed the cut in Abu Dhabi, lost in the first round of the Match Play Championship and in a bizarre twist on Friday, withdrew from the Honda Classic after 26 holes.

Conflicting stories from the tournament said that McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked golfer, mentally was not ready to play golf or he had a tooth ache.

But the fact is, he walked off the course in the middle of the second round at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

McIlroy was a stunning 7-over-par through eight holes when his second shot went into the water on the 18th hole. He gave his golf club to his caddy, shook hands with his playing partners, turned in the scorecard and walked to the parking lot.

An hour later, his management company issued a statement saying McIlroy was bothered by a sore wisdom tooth.

(courtesy Honda Classic)

In other news from the classic, Luke Guthrie shot a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead at the halfway point. Guthrie, a University of Illinois product, is at 9-under 131 after two rounds, ahead of Michael Thompson who is second after shooting a 65 on Saturday.

Tiger Woods is nine shots off the lead after shooting his second straight 70 and barely made the cut with a late charge.

Camilo Villegas, the first-round leader, shot a 77 and missed the cut.

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour & Honda Classic

ATP star Rafael Nadal expects to be in shape by March

Rafael Nadal (photo by Alex Lee via wikipedia commons)

11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal says that his knee is still not 100 percent. He is planning to ease back into tennis slowly.

The Spaniard is expecting to be back in full tennis fitness when the Masters tennis event in Indian Wells, California takes place in March.

In five days, the 26-year-old will return to action after missing six months due to a knee injury.

Nadal will be playing in Abu Dhabi, the ATP Tour event in the United Arab Emirates.

 

Info compiled from ATP Tour, Radio & TV news

Nadal readies himself for return to Tennis at Abu Dhabi

 

Rafael Nadal in 2011 (photo by Christopher Johnson of Globalife via wikipedia commons)

Rafael Nadal is back on the tennis court getting ready to play competively again.

The 26-year-old has confirmed in media reports that he will play in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on December 27 after a six-month healing period recovering from a knee injury.

Nadal started his workouts in late November to play in the six-man field that will also include #1 Novak Djokovic and #3 Andy Murray.

Nadal has won over $50 million in prize earnings and that is second all-time in tennis.

 

Info compiled from ATP Tour, Radio & TV news reports

Woods’ 2012 PGA Tour debut to be at Pebble Beach

 

Pebble Beach Golf Links 7th hole in Monterey , Calif. (photo by Metallion via wikipedia commons)

Tiger Woods smiling (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

Tiger Woods will make his 2012 PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time in 10 years.

The tournament is sponsored by AT&T, which also sponsors Tiger Woods’ Foundation PGA Tour event.

The former number-1 golfer will first play in the January 26-29 event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Woods made the announcement on his website on Monday.

The Pebble Beach event will be February 9-12.

 

Info compiled from Tiger Woods website, PGA Tour, Radio & TV news

Djokovic is still the man to beat in tennis; dumps Ferrer

 

Novak Djokovic (megasportsnews.com photo)

Novak Djokovic was the top tennis player in 2011 and seems like it’ll be the same way in 2012.

He routed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 over the weekend to win the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament.

The title was the first Abu Dhabi title for #1 ranked Djokovic, who earlier had beaten Gael Monfils and swept past Roger Federer on his way to the finals.

Fifth-ranked Ferrer had upset #2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

 

Info compiled fromRadio, TV & ATP news

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