WATCH: Rory McIlroy makes mockery of Quail Hollow driving range

Quail Hollow is one of the most dangerous courses in golf and will make for an exciting PGA Championship host. However, it’s not as vicious on the driving range, as two-time PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy hit some ridiculous drives on it.

In the Golf Channel video, you see McIlroy clearing the entire range….with a 3-wood. The combination of McIlroy’s strength and the technology of his Taylormade 3-wood make for a deadly team of brute force.



However, the Quail Hollow range is 10 yards downhill, which will give any ball extra elevation. Regardless, driving over the entire range is absolute insanity and the work of a mad man with a golf club.

Rory has had a ton of success at Quail Hollow. Guess you can add domination of its driving range to his list.

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Rory McIlroy embarrasses Elkington on Twitter

 

Ahh, the wonderful world of Twitter. It’s full of quick news, quick wits, tools, and straight savages. Rory McIlroy is one of those ferocious beasts of the 140 character social media site.

Former PGA Tour player Steve Elkington is never shy to share his feelings on social media. Well, he took a little jab at McIlroy who missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Turns out that was a big mistake, because you don’t mess with Rory McIlroy on Twitter.

And McIlroy can say a lot. When you’re a four-time major champion before the age of thirty, that speaks volumes. Not to mention the insane money he’s made, which he pointed out.

And this isn’t the only time McIlroy went in on Twitter. He’s had a couple of spats with Golf Channel personality, Brandel Chamblee among others.

Just because he’s a nice guy, doesn’t mean he won’t bite you with the poison fangs. Well played Rory. Well played.

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WATCH: You won’t believe what this heckler did to earn $100

A American fan decided to poke fun at Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson during a putting contest for missing several medium length putts. The fan shouted that even he could make the putt.

Well, Henrik Stenson, one of golf’s funniest personalities, grabbed the fan and put him to the test. Justin Rose then placed a $100 bill next to the ball, and the man, David Johnson, was given a putter.

Lining up his putt, looking at the crowd to show him some love, Johnson hit the putt. The ball came off the putter face like a torpedo, and it slammed into the cup.

Johnson and the crowd went wild. He got the $100, as well as hugs from from the European players.

Certainly, anybody from his home state of North Dakota who saw this clip was very pleased indeed. Maybe you and I need to head over there and see how we can putt like that.

You got to love the Ryder Cup.

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Rory McIlroy was upset when he lost PGA Long Drive Contest

The Long Drive contest that takes place before the start of the PGA Championship is one of the cool traditions in the game. At Baltursol, Rory McIlroy looked like he would win the event after bashing a tee shot 345 yards.

Ben An had other plans however. An smashed his shot 347 yards, a measly two yards longer than McIlroy’s shot.

After talking to reporters in the media center, McIlroy received the (sorta) devastating news that he had lost the long drive contest. Apparently, McIlroy was not happy with the result, especially since it was only by two yards.

An meanwhile, not only beat McIlroy, but defeated other heavy hitters such as Brendan Steele and Nicolas Colsaerts. Certainly an upset in a PGA tradition and maybe we’ll see more bombs from An in the near future.

Take a look at this clip of McIlroy’s tee shot and you’ll get a great idea at how hard An hit his. Boom. Bang. Pow.

Now we need a closest to the pin and putting contest in one of the other majors. Make it happen.

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Source: Golf Digest 


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Why people shouldn’t trip over Rory’s “not here to grow the game” comment

Many of the world’s best golfers have dropped out of the Olympics due to the fear of the Zika virus and is totally understandable. But when asked further about not competing, Rory McIlroy stated that he’s not in golf to “help grow the game” but is there to win major championships. 

This comment specifically caused a stir within the golf community whether it’s from fans or golf media, it caused quite a controversy. Many people believe that it is McIlroy’s duty to help grow the game but it’s far from true. 

The best way for guys like McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day to help grow the game, is to play the best golf they can. The cool thing about is that it’s not just one dominant player, it’s multiple guys who are winning week after week. 

This shows how deep the talent is in golf today, and if all of these young talented players continue to play well, that will automatically get a boost. Like with other sports, surely, we have watched a team or a player that was so great that it fueled our passion for that game. 

Michael Jordan certainly helped with the popularization of basketball thanks to his jaw dropping dunks, clutch baskets and shutdown defense. Same with golf as when Tiger Woods was in his prime, many kids wanted to be like him, fist pump and all.

But with the competitive balance that the current PGA Tour has, it makes things that much more interesting. And, in fact, this generation of pros is so deep, that despite the many dropouts from the Olympics, the field is still fairly strong.

Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson alone will get some eyes glued to the TV and ears leaning towards the radio due to their immense popularity. This bring me to my next point and that is, guys like Fowler, like Watson (Hate him or love him), like Spieth and like Henrik Stenson, they all have colorful personalities. 

Fowler has built quite a following on Twitter, reaching well over one million followers because he’s funny and people wonder what he’ll post next. This alone can help “grow the game” because personalities can cause intrigue and the fact that a guy like Fowler is as good a player that he is, it adds to this. 

There are numerous other ways to help grow the game and one of those ways is to televise unique tournaments. For example, the R&A will doing an annual nine-hole amateur tournament each year the week prior to the Open Championship and will be on TV.

It’s a good way to bring people into the game who think 18 holes takes too much time and money (which I agree). The Major Series of Putting is a new tournament that hopes to be televised next year.

The MJOP shows off the simplest and arguably the funnest part of the game which is putting. This is a great way to promote the game as it shows how much skill and fun can be put into just using one club. 

Because let’s face it, we watch in disbelief when someone drills a 30-foot putt on a crazy slope. Especially if it’s on one of the last few holes of a tournament. 

And golf is arguably the most versatile sport in the world which is why it’s so easy to create tournaments like these. Sports like basketball and soccer are so popular because they are extremely accessible.

All you need is a basketball and then find a court. In soccer, all you need is a soccer ball and find a pitch or you can use your imagination.

In golf, really all you need is a sand wedge a few soft golf balls and you can hit the streets and play. Use the world around you to become a golf course designer and build your own track. 

But many of us have this strange mindset that we have to play 18 holes, no questions asked. This mindset needs to change if people want to “grow the game”.

 After all, golf wasn’t always an 18 hole game anyway. The Old Course at St. Andrews wasn’t always an 18-holer and Oakhurst Links in West Virginia is the oldest course in America and it’s a nine hole track. 

So promoting the nine-hole game is also a great way to grow the game and is fitting for those who don’t want to try the unique offerings as mentioned earlier. The last thing I’ll mention is that video games are also good for golf for a couple of reasons.

One of these reasons is that the gaming industry has exploded more than ever before. If a kid or someone in their early to mid 20’s plays a golf game, it may help fuel their interest. 

On a personal note, playing one of the old Tiger Woods games was immensely important in getting me interested in the sport. I’ve never looked back since. 

Especially if it involves motion control where people can take a real golf swing in their house without damaging anything. The good thing about all of this is that there are numerous golf games that are out or will come out soon. 

So many people, golfers and non-golfers alike can enjoy the experience without the high costs of the 18-hole game. Plus, as mentioned, golf can score a ton of new fans this way.

So, for people tripping over Rory McIlroy’s comments, I just gave you many ways that the game is continuing to grow. I can go on and on with more reasons but I’ll just leave it there. 

McIlroy was honest and I think we all can appreciate that. 

So, want the game to grow? Golf is arguably the most versatile sport on the planet, so why not take advantage?


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Rory McIlroy will not participate in the Olympics

 

 

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is just another star athlete who has decided not to participate in the Olympics. Like others, the reason for him not going to Rio is because of the Zika virus which has been a major issue.

Vijay Singh, Marc Lieshman and Adam Scott among others also dropped out. McIlroy is definitely the biggest blow so far.

“My health and my family’s health comes before everything else.” said McIlroy. “Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take,”

It has been over 100 years since golf has been in the Olympics. Now, with its return to the Games, it looks like it will be missing some key players for the event.

That said, golf isn’t the only sport where players are dropping like flies. NBA superstar LeBron James is the latest to say that he will likely miss the Olympics.

Despite the missing players in this year’s Olympics, it’s great to know that golf is back. It’s just horrible timing with the Zika virus and those dropping out are ultimately making the right decision.

Here’s hoping the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020 will be much better.

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You won’t believe who Rory McIlroy’s sponsor will be for the Olympics, it’s not Nike

 

Rory McIlroy has been a Nike golfer for a few years now, but for the Olympics, it’ll be a new brand, and one you probably wouldn’t expect. New Balance will represent McIlroy at the Olympics.

Why the change, you ask? Well, Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey went to the UK Nike headquarters and told them that they may have McIlroy committed to the team.

Nike just dismissed it, that’s when McIlroy agreed to represent New Balance for the Games. According to Hickey, Nike was very upset when they found out that they missed on a chance to represent McIlroy at arguably the biggest stage in sports.

Not to mention, it’s golf’s first time in the Olympic Games in over 100 years, so more eyes may be glued to the old/new Olympic sport. As for New Balance, it’s a golden opportunity to help put the brand back on the map and to expand the popularity of their golf shoes.

So, let this be a lessen kids. If there’s a good opportunity in front of you, put your ego aside and jump on it.

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Rory McIlroy owns Brandel Chamblee after weightlifting comments

Golf Channel broadcaster Brandel Chamblee made some comments about Rory McIlroy’s workout habits and the four-time major champion didn’t hesitate to strike back.

First, the comments from Chamblee:

On his way to the Northern Trust Open at legendary Riviera Country Club, McIlroy made his comeback:

And then there was the final blow:

Well played, @rorymcilroy. Well played. 🏋🏻💪🏻

A video posted by Golf Channel (@golfchannel) on

Chamblee, who is one of Golf Channel’s most popular analysts, has been known to draw controversy, mostly with negative reaction from fans. In this incident, from a superstar golfer.

Golf Channel ended up being a good sport about the whole thing with a “Well played Rory” caption on the above Instagram clip.

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WATCH: Rory McIlroy zip-lines through Dubai skyline

See you on the other side @xdubai

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Rory McIlroy has had a heck of a career winning four major championships but he also injured his ankle playing soccer which caused him to miss last year’s Open Championship.

But that’s not stopping McIlroy from doing something dangerous. He decided to go zip-lining above the Dubai skyline.

Yup, that’s right, it was during the European Tour Omega Desert Classic that McIlroy decided to perform this adventurous stunt. The video caption states “See you on the other side” and well, it’s clear he made it since the video was posted.

What’s the old saying? “Don’t try this at home kids!”.

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Source: GolfDigest.com 


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PHOTO: Rory McIlroy takes silly photo of himself during rehab

Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone…. Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday 👀👍

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Rory McIlroy underwent some laser eye surgery and shared on Instagram a picture with a funny caption on it. In some ways, he looks like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar only McIlroy’s lens’ are larger. He’s expected to return to action at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship next month. McIlroy isn’t the only one who had shared a post operation photo. Henrik Stenson also shared a photo with somewhat of a derpy (If you don’t know what that means, Google or Bing it) face that only Stenson can make.

I guess we’ll see if the hottest new trend will be “post surgical selfies” on Twitter. As long as it’s not your butt then we’re straight.

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Source: GolfDigest.com 


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