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McIlroy hoping to put strong display at first Palmer tournament ahead of Masters

McIlroy hoping to put strong display at first Palmer tournament ahead of Masters

Johannesburg, Mar 20 : Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy is hoping to put up a strong display at his first Arnold Palmer Invitational before he looks to complete a career Grand Slam at the Masters next month.

McIlroy got off to a strong start in 2015with a runner-up finish on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi followed by a win in Dubai, but he missed the cut at the Honda Classic and finished equal ninth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, in his first two US PGA Tour starts of the year.

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Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson claims McIlroy will face more pressure at Augusta National

Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson claims McIlroy will face more pressure at Au

Johannesburg, Mar 18 : Double United States Masters champion Bubba Watson has claimed that world number one Rory McIlroy would face more pressure at the Augusta National next month, the year's first major.

Watson could join the elite company of Jack Nicklaus , Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods if his bid to defend his title at the Augusta National next month is successful, as he would then be amongst the only players to win consecutive green jackets. He could also join the likes of Sam Snead and Gary Player by becoming the sixth three-times Major winner. Nicklaus holds the record with six.

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McIlroy replaces Woods as new face of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf franchise

McIlroy replaces Woods as new face of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf franchise

London, Mar 17 : World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has replaced legendary American golfer Tiger Woods as the new cover star of EA Sports' PGA Tour golf video game.

The Northern Irishman, a four-time Major winner, said that he was very proud and humbled to see his face and name on EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR, adding that it was a great honor, and something he couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport, the Mirror reported.

The game is scheduled to be released in June 2015, when EA Sports release it for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (ANI)

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McGinley believes Woods' return would help Mcllroy at Masters

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley

London, Mar 17 - Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes that the return of Tiger Woods at next month's Masters may help Rory Mcilroy as it would divert some of the spotlight from the world number one.

McGinley, who guided Europe to the Ryder Cup last year, said that at the US PGA last year, Rory was favourite but all the expectation focused on Tiger, adding that Rory didn't sneak in the back door, but he was able to go about his business, the BBC reported.

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John Daly slams 'not so random' drug testing on PGA Tour

John Daly slams 'not so random' drug testing on PGA Tour

Johannesburg, Mar 14 : American professional golfer John Daly has slammed the drug testing on the PGA Tour, claiming that it was not so random.

Ahead of this week's Valspar Championship, Daly was asked by golf show host Patrick Meagher whether drug testing on the PGA Tour was random. And he replied that it was not so at all.

Daly claimed that he was going to play at 1:50 on Friday so they were going to get him about 6:52, 7 o'clock. He added that this would be the fifth or sixth year in a row that he is going to get drug tested at this event, Sport24 reported.

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'Determined' Woods hopeful of Masters return despite taking 'indefinite break'

Tiger Woods

London, Mar 14 - Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has said that he is hoping to make a comeback at the Masters, admitting that he would be missing next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 14-times major champion withdrew from last month's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, his second start of the season, because of tightness in his back , stating that he was taking an indefinite break from the professional game.

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Morten Orum Madsen fires hole-in-one to share lead with first-round 63 at Tshwane Open in SA

Morten Orum Madsen

London, Mar 13 - Danish professional golfer Morten Orum Madsen claimed a share of the lead with a hole-in-one in an eagle-eagle finish to card a first-round 63 at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Madsen got his ace on the eighth, his 17th, in Waterkloof and was the 20th on the European Tour this season, the BBC reported.

The Dane said that he couldn't have hit it better, adding that it was only his second hole-in-one and claimed that it is really special to have one on the European Tour.

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Kiran retains lead; Smriti sets a new Tour record

Kiran retains lead; Smriti sets a new Tour record

Gurgaon: Kiran Matharu fired a sizzling six-under 66 on the second day to retain a one-stroke lead over veteran Smriti Mehra in the eighth leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour here.

Smriti carded seven-under 65 on the day to take her total score to 134 after the second round and set the stage for an exciting finish.

Smriti rewrote WGAI's record books by registering the lowest single round score on the Tour, bettering her own record of six-under 72 at Clover Greens in 2013.

She also established a new course record by a lady golfer at the Classic Golf & Country Club.

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Padraig Harrington looking forward to 'fifth Major' Irish Open

Padraig Harrington looking forward to 'fifth Major' Irish Open

Johannesburg, Mar 11 : Irish professional golfer Padraig Harrington has claimed that he is really looking forward to perform at the Irish Open at Royal County Down, which gets underway in May, and he has branded the tournament as his 'fifth Major'.

Following a nearly seven year win drought, the Irishman finally got back to winning ways at the Honda Open last week. Before the watershed victory, Harrington's last win came at the 2008 PGA Championships .

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PGA Tour commissioner insists tournament will be `fine` despite Woods' hiatus from golf

Tiger Woods

Johannesburg, Mar 10 - PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has claimed that the tournament is going to be fine despite former world number one golfer Tiger Woods' hiatus from the sport, although he insists that the American's legacy is on solid grounds.

Finchem caimed that he doesn't know when the 14-time major winner would play next but he compared Woods' latest hiatus to Michael Jordan leaving the NBA to try his luck at professional baseball.

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