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Ernie Els cleared of possible rules violation

Ernie Els cleared of possible rules violation

Florida - Four-times major winner Ernie Els was questioned by officials for a possible rules violation before being cleared at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday.

Television showed Els touching his wedge in long grass in a hazard at the par-five sixth hole during the third round at Bay Hill in Florida.

However, tour rules official Steve Rintoul could not determine from watching the video whether the South African grounded his club, which would have resulted in a two-stroke penalty.

McIlroy five shots adrift of leader Hoffman at Palmer tournament post second-round 66

Rory McIlroy

London, Mar 21 - Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy carded a second-round 66 to charge up the leaderboard and is five shots behind leader Morgan Hoffman at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The world number one golfer's first-sub 70 round on this year's PGA Tour included a run of five birdies on his back nine.

Hoffmann added a 65 to his opening round six-under 66, which left him on 13 under and three ahead of holder Matt Every, Henrik Stenson and Harris English, the BBC reported.

McIlroy currently shares sixth with New Zealand's Danny Lee and Sweden's David Lingmerth.

Arnold Palmer claims Woods needs to regain confidence of old for climbing back to top

Arnold Palmer claims Woods needs to regain confidence of old for climbing back t

Johannesburg, Mar 20 : American golf legend Arnold Palmer has claimed that former world number one Tiger Woods needs to regain the confidence he had in his early career days if he wants to find his way back to the top of sport.

Woods is hoping to stage his return to golf at the Masters, and speaking at the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Palmer said that the 14-time major winner needs to practice to rebuild his early confidence.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

'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.

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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