SOUTHAMPTON: Rory McIlroy says the United States of America can thank the influence of Tiger Woods for the current dominance of American golfers all over the world – which he’ll be trying to disrupt at the US Open.
The four-time major-winner from Northern Ireland looked slightly taken aback on Wednesday when was reminded that Americans have won the last four major championships, and currently hold the trophies from the professional and amateur team competitions the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup.
“That’s a lot of pressure,” McIlroy said, drawing a laugh as he addressed the press at Shinnecock Hills on the eve of the 118th United States Open.
“They’ve had a great run,” he said of the Americans but added: “Look, these things go in cycles. European golf was very healthy a few years ago for a long time. It seemed every major someone from the island of Ireland turned up to we were winning it. It doesn’t seem that long ago.”
With the Ryder Cup looming in September this year at Le Golf National southwest of Paris, European and United States golfers are already sizing each other up.
McIlroy said the current crop of US stars – including world number one Dustin Johnson, second-ranked Justin Thomas, reigning British Open champion Jordan Spieth, defending the United States Open champion Brooks Koepka and recently crowned Masters champ Patrick Reed – have been inspired by 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. The 42-year-old superstar has now become a mentor to younger players.
Even as he was sidelined by back trouble last year Tiger Woods served as an assistant captain on the United States Presidents Cup team that demolished the International team in New Jersey.
Now that he’s back on tour, younger players are still benefitting from the guidance of a more mellow Tiger Woods, McIlroy said.
60-million-to-one shot! Club golfer bags two holes-in-one
MELBOURNE: An Australian club golfer has defied odds of more than 60-million-to-one to shoot two holes-in-one in a single round on a course in Melbourne, local media reported today.
Jim Grant said he missed seeing his first ace go in on the 11th at the Green Acres Golf Club in the suburb of Kew because he was chatting with playing partners, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
“I hit a lovely 8-iron up and I thought the ball was getting close and I turned to the fellas to say ‘I think this is going to go close’ and they were all jumping up and down,” he told the ABC. “I kind of missed it going in.”
But he had another bite of the cherry just six holes later at the 17th, a 180-meter (196-yard) par three with a bunker guarding the front left of the green.
“We jumped for joy and whooped a bit. It was quite amazing,” he said, adding that he had used a 5-iron. The odds of an amateur golfer carding a hole-in-one are around 12,500-1, according to insurance companies. And the odds of two holes-in-one in the same round are quoted at roughly 67-million-to-one, though mathematicians can disagree on the exact figure because of the variables involved.
It is not clear whether Grant bought two rounds of drinks for everyone at the clubhouse afterward – one for each of his aces.
Ronaldo denies attack accusation, calls rape ‘abominable crime’
LAS VEGAS: Cristiano Ronaldo today categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to wait with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added.
Las Vegas police reopen investigation into Kathryn Mayorga's 2009 rape accusation against Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now issued a formal statement.
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Gold: Woods says enormity of victory not sunk in yet!
SaintQuentinenYvelines: Tiger Woods said on Tuesday that he hasn’t had the chance to “soak in” the significance of his first title since 2013 as he prepares for the Ryder Cup in France.
The former world number one produced a dominant performance last weekend to secure the Tour Championship by two shots and cap off a remarkable comeback season after spinal fusion surgery. The scenes which saw hundreds of jubilant fans follow him down the 18th fairway at East Lake have been given plenty of air time, but Woods said he is yet to look back on last Sunday. The 42-year-old arrived in France ahead of the start of the 42nd Ryder Cup on Friday, and played a practice round Tuesday alongside Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. “I really haven’t looked online and read any articles about it yet because, one, after I finished, I had a big media tour I had to do there at East Lake,” he told reporters at Le Golf National.
“Got that all out of the way and then hopped on the flight, over here, training, and then playing a practice round. “I haven’t really had a lot of time to soak it in. I will post-Ryder Cup. “I’ll take a look back and reflect on it. “I haven’t seen any videos… I saw a couple of them on some French news channel… the people rushing behind me, but I haven’t sat down and watched it yet. I still have this event to do.” Woods, a 14-time major champion, is hoping to win the Ryder Cup this week for only the second time in eight appearances as a player.