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

Rory McIlroy ( 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

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012; historical highlights


Today is Monday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.


* On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland; Earhart’s achievement came on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight to France.

* In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.

* In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

* In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

* In 2002, The State Department named seven

nations as sponsors of terror, with Iran at the top of the list. The other countries were Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.


69 HILTON VALENTINE, rock musician with The Animals

64 LEO SAYER, singer of the disco song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

55 JUDGE REINHOLD, actor from the Beverly Hills Cop movies

22 SCOTT LEAVENWORTH, actor from the TV show, 7th Heaven

McIlroy wins Hong Kong event


Rory McIlroy at 2010 PGA Championship (photo by Kompuder Dude via wikipedia commons)

Northern Ireland native Rory McIlroy rallied to win the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. He holed out from a green-side bunker on the final hole for a two-stroke win.

The 22-year-old shot a 5-under-par 65.

McIlroy now has 5 professional wins.

Finishing second was France’s Gregory Havret who finished with a 65.


Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

271st ranked Hoey outduels McIlroy, McDowell to win Dunhill Links title


Michael Hoey of European Tour in 2009 ( photo by PrivatePauline via wikipedia commons)

Being ranked 271st in the world golf rankings meant nothing to Michael Hoey.

The native of Northern Ireland beat fellow countryman  Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell to capture the Dunhill Links Championship by two strokes at St. Andrews, Scotland.

The win continue’s the Northern Ireland recent run of success in world golf.

lost his lead early in the final round but regrouped, birdied three of the last four holes for a 4-under 68. His 22-under-par for the tournament broke the world record.

McIlroy closed with a 65 for second place, two ahead of McDowell at 69 and Scotland’s George Murray (67) who tied for third.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & European Tour

McIlroy’s Major moment wins European Tour Shot of the Month Award


Rory McIlroy (file photo)

22-year-old Rory McIlroy has added another piece of silverware to his trophy cabinet after his famous tee shot at the tenth hole en route to victory in the United States Open Championship was voted by fans as The European Tour Shot of the Month for June.

McIlroy joins the other monthly winners of 2011, Paul Casey in January, Alvaro Quiros for February, David Horsley in March, Matteo Manassero in April and Luke Donald in May.

McIlroy of Northern Ireland had a superb six iron at the 214-yard par three on the final day was inches away from a hole-in-one after the ball pitched five yards beyond the pin before trickling back towards the cup.

The shot was met with a raucous reception on the green and the fans of My European Tour have also given it their approval as it received two thirds of the votes pulled.

The winners of each Shot of the Month will be put forward for the European Tour Shot of the Year, won last season by Graeme McDowell for his unforgetable birdie putt on the 16th green of The Celtic Manor Resort which helped Europe regain The Ryder Cup.


Info courtesy of The European Tour



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