World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has kept himself busy since missing the cut as host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
McIlroy, as expected, returned to the Royal County Down course on Sunday to present the trophy to new Irish Open winner Soren Kjeldsen.
However he arrived at the course hand-in-hand with new girlfriend Erica Stoll.
Then yesterday the four-time Major winner was spotted training around the shoreline keeping in shape before his next event – the U.S. Open.
Four-time Major winning Ernie Els believes he’s gained an big edge on this month’s U.S. Open field after playing all four rounds of the Irish Open at Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
Els birdied the last hole in a one-over par 72 for a 10-over par tally in continuing bright but windy conditions on the Royal County Down course.
The South African recorded one eagle, eight birdies but also 18 bogeys and a double bogey over the four rounds to complete his play just inside the top-50, and in his first ...
Shane Lowry joked he’s considering putting with a wedge when he tees-up later this month in the U.S. Open.
Lowry ended his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with hardly any discount for his efforts managing just one birdie in a final round 77 for a 10-over par tally.
But then Lowry was not alone finishing just inside the top-50 and tied with the likes of Padraig Harrington (76), Ernie Els (72) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (76) on 10-over while England’s Lee Westwood (76) ended at 12-over par.
Søren Kjeldsen ended his six year wait for a European Tour title after he won a three way playoff at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation.
The Dane birdied the first playoff hole to deny Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and England’s Eddie Pepperell, the latter earning the considerable consolation of a place at St Andrews for the Open Championship in July.
Kjeldsen had begun the day two strokes ahead of the field but tentatively secured his place in the playoff after shooting ...
Taichi Teshima of Japan won the Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open on Sunday, earning a place in the 144thOpen at St Andrews along with Australian Scott Strange and Shinji Tomimura and Tadahiro Takayama of Japan.
A final round three-under-par 69 at JFE Setonaikai Golf Club took Teshima to 15-under-par for the championship and gave him a two shot victory over Strange who finished as runner-up. The victory is the 46-year-old’s eighth win on the Japan Golf Tour and he is now set to make his third appearance ...
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay was heading back to his hotel for a hot bath delighted to now be within three of the lead in posting a 70 for share of fourth at four under par.
Ramsay walked from the course delighted with himself to have again braved all that Royal County Down has thrown at him over three rounds.
He heads to the last day sharing fourth place at four under par and only three shots behind Dane Soren Kjeldsen.
However there was the strange sight of Ramsay running from the scorer’s ...
Søren Kjeldsen’s late slip did not prevent him from taking a handy two stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation.
The 40 year old, who is seeking to become the third Danish-born winner of the event since 2002, was flawless for the majority of a cold, yet bright, day at Royal County Down until he dropped shots on his final two holes.
That ensured the chasing pack remained in touch, led by Maximilian Kieffer after he shot a course record 65 ...