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Defending champion Rory McIlroy thrashed a superb 7-under-par 32-33=65 for a 15-under 273 total that earned him T6 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The world number two has understandably high ambitions so the fact that this result was his 11th top six finish in his last 13 starts in the United Arab Emirates will matter less to him than the fact it was the second event of the Desert Swing in which he rued the what-ifs and maybes. He said: "It's sort of a week of what could have been. There was a lot of really good golf in there. I played a lot of great shots and made a lot of birdies, but just made a few too many mistakes, as well. I'll rue the two front nines that I played on Friday and Saturday. Played the combined front nine five over par there and if I had not of done that, things could have been different." Almost the same words he uttered after finishing T3 in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. He saved par just 7 times from 15 missed greens all week and was particularly poor from the bunkers, making par just 3 times from the 8 greenside traps he found. He posted 8 birdies and 1 bogey in his final round 65. Feb 7 - 9:19 AM

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Rory McIlroy opened his title defense at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a bogey-6 but recovered to post a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round one.

That's just one swing off the clubhouse lead held by Brett Rumford and Trevor Fisher, Jr. and, once more, puts the Northern Irishman in contention at an event he's won twice before. After stumbling at the opening par-5 10th, McIlroy settled into his round and picked up shots at 13 and 14. He also looked to have made a mess of the par-5 18th after finding water off the tee but took a penalty drop, smashed his third onto the green and holed the birdie putt. He had another hiccup at 2 but responded to that bogey with par breakers at 3, 5 and 6 to take up his familiar place on the leaderboard. By way of comparison, the four-time major winner opened with a 64 when winning in 2009 and carded a first-round 66 last year so he has a little more work to do over the next 54 holes. This was the ninth time in a row he's started with a round in the 60s at the Emirates GC. On the stats, McIlroy hit 7 (of 14) fairways but found 14 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. He was 0-for-2 in sand saves.
Feb 4 - 3:58 AM

Rory McIlroy won last year's Omega Dubai Desert Classic and returns to try and win the title for the third time.

This was the scene of the Northern Irishman's first European Tour victory in 2009 and he hasn't finished outside the top 10 in five subsequent appearances. That run includes his three-shot win last year when he posted 22-under. McIlroy's putter held him back when he finished third behind Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago and he'll be incredibly hard to stop here if he performs better on the greens. The 12-time European Tour winner will tee off from the 10th hole in round one alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Henrik Stenson.
Feb 3 - 2:28 PM

Rory McIlroy completed a grandstand finish for his 4-under-par 37-31=68 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, to finish T3 on 14-under 274.

It was yet another case of what-if for the Northern Irishman in Abu Dhabi - his sixth top three finish there in his last seven visits (in contrast he has four wins in Dubai). For the second time in the week he eagled the final hole, this time landing a 35-feet putt which vaulted him, albeit briefly, into the clubhouse lead. Afterwards he told Sky Sports: "I had an average 18 hole period at the end of round one and through round two. That cost me. But a lot of positives." He finished two shots shy of eventual winner Rickie Fowler.
Jan 24 - 8:19 AM

Rory McIlroy signed off his second round in stunning style to complete a 2-under-par 37-33=70 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, good enough for a 36 hole 8-under 136 total and T2 at the conclusion of his protracted second round.

On Friday McIlroy made 12 pars (with a single bogey on nine) as his challenge stalled somewhat. The round was cut short after an earlier fog delay and there was a repeat on Saturday with another hold-up. When they did resume the Northern Irishman continued to plug away with pars, missing a good look at birdie on 16, but then made up for it by nearly holing out for eagle on 17. After the ball lipped out from 100 yards, he tapped in for birdie. Incredibly, on the par-5 18, his 268-yard 5-wood second shot threatened to find the hole, but didn't drop for albatross. He made the eagle putt to seal a superb finish which left him two shy of overnight leader Andy Sullivan. His strength this week has been hitting the dance floor - he's missed just 5 greens in regulation through the first 36 holes.
Jan 23 - 3:50 AM

Rory McIlroy outshone playing partners Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler with a first-round 6-under-par 33-33=66 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Thursday morning.

After admitting he didn't pick up a club for seven weeks over the Festive period, McIlroy did what he usually does when starting his season at this event; he hit the ground running. The Northern Irishman, a four-time runner-up at Abu Dhabi GC, started out with birdies at 10 and 11 and made further gains at 14, 15 and 18. He also swallowed bogeys at 13 and 17 to keep his momentum in check but continued his climb with birdies at 1, 3 and 8. That was two shots better than Spieth, four better than Fowler and, on the live leaderboard, puts him two shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy missed just two greens in regulation after splitting 10 (of 14) fairways. He took 28 putts.
Jan 21 - 5:27 AM

Rory McIlroy has opted out of next week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions as he sticks to the scheduling plan that has worked so well in the past.

The Northern Irishman qualified through victories at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship as well as the Wells Fargo Championship. It's not unusual for McIlroy to skip the trip to Maui as he generally makes his first start of the new year overseas at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Gamers should expect to see the superstar make his first U.S. appearance in late February at The Honda Classic.
Jan 2 - 2:47 PM

Rory McIlroy used Instagram to announce that he had laser eye surgery on Wednesday.

McIlroy wrote the following caption for the photo (which you can view at the link below): "Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone.... Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday." He remained No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking following his triumph at the DP World Tour Championship and currently sits just 0.0502 points behind the No. 2, Jason Day. He's scheduled to open 2016 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan. 21-24. It's the perfect launchpad given he's finished second in four of the last five editions.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 02:02:00 AM

Rory McIlroy was crowned Europe's No. 1 again after shooting a 6-under-par 33-33=66 to capture the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by a shot from Andy Sullivan.

Winning his third Race to Dubai in four years and 12th European Tour title didn't come easy. Three behind at one stage in the final round, McIlroy found an extra gear with birdies at 11, 12, 14 and 15 to go two in front before, inexplicably, dumping his tee-shot into water at 17. But like a true champion he drained a 30-foot putt for bogey to stay in front and sealed victory with a two-putt par at 18. At 21-under 267, the Northern Irishman edged out Sullivan by a shot while it was a full five strokes further back to third-placed Branden Grace on 15-under. McIlroy piped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation today while he finished top five in both putting categories over the week. "It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me," said McIlroy after playing his final 36 holes in 13-under.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 07:13:00 AM

Rory McIlroy kept in pole position to win the Race to Dubai after a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in round two of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

He hasn't had his best stuff so far but two rounds of 68 have taken the Northern Irishman to 8-under 136 at the midpoint and that's just three swings behind current clubhouse leader Emiliano Grillo, who partnered McIlroy today. The four-time major winner, who spends a couple of months a year in Dubai after purchasing a property there, birdied No. 2 but had to settle for par 5s on the Earth course's other long holes at 7, 14 and 18. He also picked up shots at 5, 10, 13 and 15 whilst dropping his only shot of the day at 6. McIlroy split 9 (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. He'll enter the weekend a shot in front of his main Race to Dubai rival Danny Willett.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 07:07:00 AM

Rory McIlroy holed his bunker shot at the final hole to turn a potential bogey into a birdie and shoot an opening 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of the DP World Tour Championship.

That's just two swings behind leaders Marcus Fraser, Ian Poulter, Andy Sullivan and Martin Kaymer but, more importantly, level with Danny Willett. The Englishman can pip McIlroy to the Race to Dubai title this week if he finishes in front of him and the pair enjoyed a ding-dong battle at the Earth course today after teeing off in the final group together. McIlroy didn't have his best stuff but made birdies at 2, 6, 11 and 12 against a single bogey at 10. After saving par from 12 feet at 17, he twice found sand up the last before splashing out of a greenside bunker and producing the loudest roar of the day as his ball disappeared into the cup. The 26-year-old split just 7 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and was 4-for-5 in scrambling.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 07:55:00 AM

Rory McIlroy heads the points race going into the final event of the European Tour season, the DP World Tour Championship at the Earth course in Dubai.

It's not been a vintage year for the Northern Irishman by his own very high standards but two wins, a second place and four other top 10s from just 11 starts have put him in pole position to end the year as Europe's No. 1 for the third time in four seasons. His first task this week is to finish in front of second-placed Danny Willett (his playing partner in round one) but, even if he manages that, there are another five players who could still knock him off top spot. In McIlroy's favor is that he has a superb record at the Earth course with a win in 2012 and four other top fives in his six starts. He hasn't been firing on all cylinders since coming back from the ankle injury which kept him out of this summer's Open Championship but he's still managed to post T6 in Turkey and T11 in the WGC-HSBC Champions in his last two starts.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:48:00 AM

Rory McIlroy concluded his week at Sheshan International Golf Club with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 and came to rest at 14-under 274 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

OK. We suggested before the tournament that you'd see headlines capturing the proverbial about bewaring the sick golfer, but McIlroy adopted the street definition of the modifier. Indeed, to lose 10 pounds after battling food poisoning and wrap up a WGC inside the top 10 on the final leaderboard as the tournament winds down is sick. He was T6 when he signed his card. Coincidentally, this comes on the heels of a T6 in Turkey and he placed T6 in his last trip to Shanghai in 2013.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 01:32:00 AM

Rory McIlroy had to settle for an even-par 34=38=72 in round two of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and is 4-under 140 at the midpoint.

That's 10 swings behind leader Kevin Kisner but, with only three players in double digits under par, the Northern Irishman isn't a busted flush just yet. McIlroy picked off birdies today at 3, 5, 8 and 12 but swallowed bogeys at 7, 11, 13 and 16 to slip 11 places on the leaderboard to T27. The 26-year-old improved his fairways hit count to 9 (out of 14) after splitting just 7 in round one. He hit 15 greens in regulation for the second day running but needed 33 putts at Sheshan International Golf Club today.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:53:00 AM

Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 on day one of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

Just getting to the start line was the Northern Irishman's first achievement of the day after he'd been struck down in the build-up, forcing him to pull out of Wednesday's pro-am and forego a practice round. Unshaven and lacking the usual spring in his step, it was certainly a battle for McIlroy today but a double bogey-6 at 15 was the only time he might have felt the world was still against him. Before that, he'd circled birdies at 10 and 14 and he recovered from his blip with further par breakers at 16 and 18. The four-time major winner, who has never finished outside the top six here in four previous visits, added further birdies at 2 and 3 but couldn't take advantage of several other good opportunities after that. He hit 15 greens in regulation and came to rest five shots behind leader Branden Grace.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 03:31:00 AM