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McIlroy Sees European & PGA Tours Agreement A Means To Heal Fractures & Build Cohesion.

Four-time Major winning Rory McIlroy returns to competition this week in Abu Dhabi seeing the first step in a bigger picture European Tour and PGA Tour merge as a means of mending current ‘fractures’ in the professional game. The European Tour had announced in late November that the long-time rival PGA Tour had acquired a minority stake in the European Tour’s media production company as part of an alliance. The announcement was seen as a big first step toward developing a more unified ...

McIlroy Backs Woods To Get Back To Full Fitness Following Fifth Back Operation.

Close friend Rory McIlroy admitted he’s confident Tiger Woods will get back to full recovery following a pre-Christmas fifth back operation, and also in time for April’s Masters. The 15-time Major-winning Woods underwent surgery on the 23rd December to remove a pressurised disc fragment after admitting feeling discomfort four days earlier when he and 11-year old son, Charlie finished sevent in the 2020 PNC Father and Son Challenge. Woods issued a statement yesterday (Tuesday, 19th January) ...

Thomas Confesses Left ‘Upset’ By Ralph Lauren Stripping Him Of Clothing Contract.

Justin Thomas admits he was ‘upset’ when clothing giant Ralph Lauren stripped the American of a mult-million dollar clothing contract. Thomas was wearning a plain dark blue shirt when he spoke to the media ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and his first event since the controversy of uttering a homophobic slur during the third round of last fortnight’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. And no sooner had the visiting American settled behind the microphone ...

Thomas Will ‘Be A Better Person’ Says McIlroy Following Controversy.

Good friend Rory McIlroy insists Justin Thomas will respond ‘really, really well and be a better person’ following the controversy resulting from his homophobic slur during the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Both McIlroy and Thomas are competing at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the UAE capital. “I think Justin has already responded really, really well,” said McIlroy. “He realised he made a big mistake as soon as it was brought to him out in Hawaii ...

Lowry Backs JP McManus Pro-Am Shift To 2022

Shane Lowry is fully supportive of JP McManus Pro-Am organisers decision to reschedule the event to July next year. The event had been due to be held on July 5th and 6th, 2021 at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick but will now take place from July 4th and 5th, 2022. The postponement comes amid the continuing uncertainty around large-scale gatherings taking place both in Ireland and across the globe. With over 40,000 attendees expected from many different countries, they and Lowry felt that the smooth and ...

Westwood Excited In Supporting Harrington’s European Ryder Cup Points Revision.

Lee Westwood has come in full support of Padraig Harrington’s revised 2022 European Ryder Cup qualifying points system. Qualifying for Harrington’s European Team restarts after a long break at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship ahead of competition taking place in September. While the USA Ryder Cup qualifying points process has remained in place since the June 11th, 2020 restart after the Covid-19 related lockdown, European Team qualifying was frozen on July 8th, 2020. All ...

Lowry Now Even More Conscious Of On-Course ‘Mic’s’ After Thomas Downfall.

Shane Lowry knows what it’s like to get caught out but he admits he’ll be even more conscious of on-course microphones after Justin Thomas got pinged big-time. Thomas has reported coped a hefty PGA Tour fine and has been stripped by American clothing giant Ralph Loren after a TV microphone picked-up a homophobic slur a fortnight ago in Hawaii. Lowry is returning to competition for the first time in two months since finishing mid-field in November’s RSM Classic and found himself somewhat ...