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Rory McIlroy sinks 55 straight putts from 10 feet (Video)

Rory-McIlroy-puttsAnyone who has ever played a round of golf will tell you that putting well on the practice green doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in for a big day. I hit plenty of putts when warming up that I know I’m going to miss after I tee off. That said, I’m pretty confident I could never sink 55 straight putts from 10 feet like Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy, who finished tied for second at the TOUR Championship on Sunday despite entering a day with the share of the lead, appeared to be locked in before his tee time. He drained 55 putts in a row at one point from about 10 feet. As expected, he was a little worse under pressure.

McIlroy three-putted from 20 feet on the 10th hole and allowed FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel to start pulling away. Had he hit that 56th straight putt on the practice green, things may have gone a bit differently.

H/T Deadspin

Rory McIlroy shot ends up in fan’s pocket (Video)

A shot Rory McIlroy hit during the second round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Friday somehow found its way into a spectator’s pocket. Seriously.

McIlroy was allowed to take a drop, reached the green and then two-putted to save par on the par-4 14th hole. Being able to take a drop was a relief for McIlroy.

“I know how sweaty my pockets are. I’m not going into anyone else’s,” he said.

McIlroy is tied with two others for second at two shots behind the leader, Billy Horschel. Hopefully the world No. 1 golfer hooked up the fan with some cool goodies.

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Caroline Wozniacki and ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy dominating since breakup

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy dated for three years and were engaged to be married before calling things off in May. And by calling things off, we mean McIlroy dumped Caro over the phone.

But it turns out their breakup may have been for the best; ever since the two broke up, their athletic careers have taken off.

Woz and McIlroy first began dating around July 2011. They got engaged on New Year’s 2014 and broke up in May. Despite facing criticism that their relationship was negatively affecting them in their respective sports, they remained strong with their love for each other. But now we’re seeing definitive proof that they are much better without each other.

[Related: Rory McIlroy responds to criticism from Nick Faldo]

Prior to them dating, Wozniacki had reached the finals and semifinals of the US Open, the semis of the Australian, and the quarters at the French. A few months after they began dating, Woz made the semis of the US Open and quarters at the Australian in 2012 before falling apart. She never got past the fourth round of a grand slam while dating McIlroy (after the Australian in 2012). That span included two first-round and two second-round exits. She also lost in the first round of the French right after Rory broke up with her.

[Previously: Woz in 2012 said relationship wasn't hurting them on field]

But once she got her head straight, Woz got right back on track.

She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since before she began dating Rory. She won her first title of the year right afterwards when she captured the Istanbul Cup. She reached the quarters of the Rogers Cup and semis of the Western & Southern Open in her next two tournaments. And then she reached the finals of the US Open for the second time in her career.

[Related: Rory McIlroy felt Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his golf game]

Likewise, McIlroy has kicked it into high gear since the two broke up.

McIlroy won two majors after the breakup and took home the title at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He won the PGA Championship for the second time and the British Open for the first time. The win at the PGA Championship was extremely telling; it was his first win on either the PGA or European Tour in 18 months, and it came immediately after he called off the wedding.

Woz and McIlroy were very much in love and seemed to enjoy their time together, so nobody can say they regret the relationship. But what we’ve seen is definitive proof that they’re both better at their sport when they’re not together and able to focus more on training, practicing and their athletic careers.

Michael Jordan tried psyching out Ian Poulter at 2012 Ryder Cup but it didn’t work (Video)

Michael Jordan golfMichael Jordan did his best to psych out Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup, but his efforts didn’t work and the European team wound up winning thanks to an epic comeback, which has been termed the “Miracle at Medina.”

In preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup, NBC and Golf Channel are running some “Road to the Ryder Cup” shows featuring some cool interviews about past events. One of the videos contains an interview with His Airness, who happens to be a huge golf fan and Ryder Cup enthusiast.

Jordan shares how he decided to specifically follow Ian Poulter late in the final day of the event and trash talk the European golfer. MJ trash talked Poulter on holes 15, 17 and who knows what else. None of it worked.

“(Jordan) loves his golf, he loves Ryder Cup. He’s always there. He’s always been a helping hand to the Americans,” Poulter recalled on his SiriusXM show this week via the Chicago Tribune. “He was right there. I was there on 13 and I remember walking off the tee box at 13, looking over and he kind of wagged his – I don’t know if you can call it a finger, it looked like an arm – this big finger comes up and he was wagging it at me pulling a face as if to say, ‘We’ve got you.’ So Rory (McIlroy) holed that massive putt on 13 to start the comeback trail. I holed a nice birdie putt on 15 and there he was, Jordan standing there again, and he’s just looking at me, staring at me. And I’m like, this is amazing, this is what I live for, this is what makes sport great. I’m a little golfer, Ian Poulter, playing golf in the Ryder Cup, and there’s legend basketball player Michael Jordan psyching me out in the Ryder Cup! And you know what? I said, ‘Screw you, I’m gonna hole this putt.’ (laughter) But you know what, he’d done that for so many years on a basketball court, he hit the shot time and time again. I said to myself, ‘I’m not allowing him to get in my space.’ ”

Poulter said Jordan was there at 17 waiting to taunt him, too.

“We’re walking off [16] and there he is, 6-foot-8, however tall he is, Jordan standing right in my space. I’m walking to the 17th tee, this claw hammer of a fist of his, he just keeps it out in front of him and he kind of wags his finger and he gives me a little jab in the chest with his fist. It was like a sledgehammer hitting me! … So I’m not going to tell you what I said to him at that point! (laughs) And that’s a sign of respect in a way. I respect Jordan as a basketball player, as the player that owned that game for so long, watching things unfold, respecting the game of golf. I wasn’t intimidated. I felt privileged to be in that situation, to be in the heat of the moment, the power-packed point under the spotlight with everybody watching. And the pressure to hole putts and the pressure to deliver was immense.”

Sounds like MJ was doing more harm then good. Maybe next time our team captain will tell him to keep his nose out of the game!

Butch Harmon: Tiger Woods doesn’t need a swing coach

tiger-woodsTiger Woods parted ways with his most recent swing coach on Monday when he announced that he and Sean Foley will no longer be working together. Foley was Tiger’s third swing coach since 2002, when Woods last worked with the legendary Butch Harmon. While Woods enjoyed a great deal of success with Harmon from 1993 to 2002, the two will not be reuniting.

Harmon, who works with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, said Monday that he would not work with Tiger again and doesn’t think the 14-time major champion should even hire a new coach.

“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.’”

That is basically the same piece of advice PGA golfer Parker McLachlin, a former Foley student, had for Woods when Tiger struggled at the start of the PGA Championship earlier this month. Tiger won the PGA Player of the Year Award with five wins last season while working with Foley, but obviously something went wrong. Harmon doesn’t blame Foley for that.

“Sean’s had great success. He has nothing to hang his head about,” Harmon said. “I called him and told him that. I told him he worked his tail for this guy. Nothing lasts forever.”

Tiger has not won a major championship since 2008. It once appeared that he was destined to shatter Jack Nicklaus’ record for most major victories, but even winning four more to tie it seems unlikely for Woods at this point. He has worked with every high-profile swing coach in the business. Maybe it’s time for Tiger to stop thinking so much and rely on his natural talent.

Hunter Mahan broke The Barclays trophy

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Hunter Mahan capped off an exciting final round at The Barclays on Sunday when he rattled off three straight birdies on the back nine en route to a victory. His day ended with a broken trophy.

Mahan may have broken the crystal trophy at some point while celebrating with his wife Kandi and adorable daughter Zoe. When he posed with 21-year-old David Finn — a fan who struggles with muscular dystrophy — after the tournament, Mahan placed the trophy down emphatically and noticed that it was in two separate pieces.

“David did it!” Mahan joked, according to John Munson of The-Star Ledger.

You can see more photos of the broken chalice here.

Mahan later joked that he had “no idea” what people were talking about when he was asked about the mishap in the media tent. While Mahan may be atop the FedEx Cup standings for the time being, he clearly isn’t as smooth as Rory McIlroy. Our boy Rory would have saved the trophy.

H/T Eye on Golf

Tiger Woods fires swing coach Sean Foley

Tiger-Woods-Sean-FoleyTiger Woods announced on Monday that he has decided to end his relationship with swing coach Sean Foley.

“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said, via his official website. “Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”

Tiger started working with Foley in 2010. Foley was Woods’ third swing coach after he worked with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney. Tiger, who has battled back injuries this season, had five wins last year and was named the PGA Player of the Year. However, he has not been able to drive the ball consistently for years and many have urged him to part ways with Foley.

[Related: Hank Haney says Tiger works out too much, doesn't practice enough]

PGA golfer Parker McLachlin, a former Foley student, told Tiger to fire Foley at the start of the PGA Championship earlier this month.

Woods announced during the PGA Championship that he has withdrawn from Ryder Cup consideration and is not planning to play again until December.

H/T Golf Digest