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Posts Tagged ‘Match Play Championship.’

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

Lee Westwood rejoining PGA Tour

 

Lee Westwood in 2010 (photo by Eugene Goh via wikipedia commons)

Lee Westwood will be re-joining the PGA Tour.

It will be the first time the English star has taken up PGA Tour membership since the 2008 season. The move requires Westwood to compete in 15 tournaments, which includes the four majors and World Golf Championships.

The 38-year-old, who is from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, has 35 pro wins.

Westwood started the 2011 season at #1 in the golfing world but since has slipped to third.

He says he’ll start his 2012 American schedule at the Match Play Championship in Arizona, which will count towards PGA & European Tours.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & PGA Tour news

Time off the course helps Woods; leads the Australian Open

 

Tiger Woods (file photo)

Tiger Woods kept saying that all he needed to do to resurrect his golf game was to take time off to work on every facet, putting, driving, chipping and distance.

Well, it must have worked.

Woods left the golf course on Friday seeing his name atop the leaderboard in the Australian Open.

Looking like the Tiger of old, he put together his best back-to-back rounds of the year with a 5-under-par 67 that put him ahead of the pack with a one-shot lead going into the weekend at The Lakes.

Woods is at 9-under-par 135, one shot ahead of an old nemesis, Peter O’Malley. A member of The Lakes, O’Malley finished the day with a 66, and is best remembered by golf fans for beating Woods in the opening round of the Match Play Championship at La Costa in 2002.

This is the first time Woods has led a tournament since the third round of the Chevron World Challenge in 2010, and the first time against a full field since his last victory two years ago in the Australian Masters tournament. Also, Woods did tie for the lead at The Barclays last year after the first round.

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour, Radio & TV news

Donald beats Kaymer in Match Play

Luke Donald (file photo)

Luke Donald outplayed the world’s new #1 top golfer in the world, Martin Kaymer.

Donald won the Match Play Championship with such a dominating performance, that he never played the 18th hole all week.

It was a bizarre day in Maranza, Arizona, which started out with snow covering the fairways, Donald pulled ahead for good with a birdie on the par-5 11th and a par on the next hole, eventually closing out Kaymer on the 16th hole for a 3-and-2 win.

The victory was Donald’s first win in the United States in five years, and only his second win worldwide since he won the 2006 Honda Classic.

compiled from TV, radio & various golf news