Quantcast

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler shared great tweets after PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy Rickie Fowler

Rory McIlroy played another round of excellent golf on Sunday to hold off Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler for his second PGA Championship and fourth overall major.

Mickelson shot a 5-under 66 to finish second at 15 under for the tournament, while Fowler finished tied for third at 14 under, two shots behind McIlroy.

Sunday marked another close call for Fowler, who finished in the top five of all four majors this year. He finished right behind Rory in the last two majors of the season, leading to this great Twitter exchange from the two:

Even though Fowler did not win a major this year, he joins exclusive company by finishing in the top five of all four in the same season — only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have also accomplished the feat. At least he recognizes what an accomplishment that is:

Like Rory said, with the way Fowler played this year, a major has to be coming soon for him.

Rory McIlroy saves Wanamaker Trophy from falling (Video)

Rory McIlroy continued his domination of the PGA Tour on Sunday with a win at the PGA Championship. The win was McIlroy’s third straight overall and second consecutive major victory. Rory made some timely shots all week to propel his way to another win, but his best save came after he was done playing.

As McIlroy was being handed the coveted Wanamaker Trophy, the presenter accidentally tilted the massive piece of hardware and the cover came off of it. McIlroy was able to grab the lid while holding his hat in his left hand.

Rory-McIlroy-trophy

When you’re locked in, you’re locked in. McIlroy admitted over the weekend that breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki has allowed him to focus more on golf and play better. There’s really no debating that at this point.

GIF via @cjzero

Rory McIlroy says split with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki has helped his game

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy has regained his status as the No. 1 golfer in the world during his incredible run over the past few weeks. McIlroy has a chance to win his third tournament in a row and second-straight major at the PGA Championship on Sunday. Did breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki allow McIlroy to rediscover his game?

The 25-year-old believes calling off his engagement has helped his swing.

“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy told reporters over the weekend, via the Daily Mail. “I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now? I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it’s just my life at the minute.

“I worked pretty hard before but the past couple of months I’ve really just buried myself in my game. It obviously works pretty well, so I am going to have to keep doing it.”

[Related: Caroline Wozniacki takes shot at Rory McIlroy on Instagram]

The results speak for themselves, though I doubt McIlroy would have called off his engagement just days after sending out wedding invitations just because of golf. He didn’t dump Woz for golf, but it was obviously a consideration.

Meanwhile, a certain ex-girlfriend recently started following McIlroy on Twitter again. Maybe one of our all-time favorite golf WAGs had some advice for Rory.

Rory McIlroy’s ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney follows him on Twitter

Rory McIlroy Holly Sweeney

The real reason for Rory McIlroy’s success lately is not because he’s been practicing more and it’s not because he broke up with Caroline Wozniacki. It’s because Holly Sweeney is back in his life.

Holly is Rory’s childhood sweetheart and girlfriend from his early days on tour. Holly is the one he broke up with to get with Woz.

Since Holly is still a favorite WAG here at LBS (current or former — they all count to us), we still follow her on Twitter. She tweeted Saturday about her baby shower — we told you she was pregnant with her current boyfriend’s baby — and we decided to check what she’s been up to lately.

And guess what? She recently started following Rory again.

Holly Sweeney Twitter

Her Twitter activity log shows she began following him between July 27 and Aug. 4.

Look, Holly has a boyfriend — Belfast Giants hockey player Jeff Mason — and is expecting a child, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have some interest in Rory’s life.

[Also see: Model tries hard to get Rory McIlroy's attention]

Rory, by the way, has been following Holly all along and followed her at the same time he followed Kate Upton. That has to be a sign. And it certainly can’t hurt to have Holly back in his corner.

[Related: Model Nadia Forde talks about relationship with Rory]

Nick Faldo: The Tiger Woods era is over

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods did not make the cut at the PGA Championship at Valhalla this week yet he still was a popular topic of discussion Saturday.

CBS golf commentator Nick Faldo stated the obvious about Woods’ play of late and said Tiger’s era of dominance is over.

“Tiger may win again. And we would love to see him win again, wouldn’t we? But the period — the Tiger era — I have to say is over,” Faldo said early during CBS’ coverage Saturday.

If Tiger’s era of dominance is over, does that mean we’re in a new era — perhaps the Rory McIlroy era?

“We are in a new era now. Whether it becomes Rory McIlroy’s era, we don’t quite know yet. He’s sure making a damn good case for it. But there’s such great quality — the quality left and right of Tiger I think is amazing.

“The era of his dominance is over. We’re definitely on a new era now.”

Eldrick’s last major win came in 2008. He’s had 9 top-10 finishes in majors since then, but he’s also been cut three times including this weekend. Between injuries and simply not winning, it’s been obvious that Tiger is no longer the dominant golfer he was. At 25 and already with three majors, it looks like McIlroy is the new world leader.

Report: Dustin Johnson not in rehab, golfing with girlfriend Paulina Gretzky

Dustin-Johnson-Paulina-Gretzky

Dustin Johnson announced last week that he is taking a voluntary leave of absence from golf to “seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced.” Couple that with a report about Johnson being suspended for six months for failing a drug test for cocaine, and many drew the conclusion that Johnson is heading to rehab. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

According to Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, Johnson has been spending time at a golf resort in Northern Idaho with Paulina Gretzky and her family.

“Most thought [the announcement] was a hint that he was going to a treatment center,” Rosaforte said Wednesday. “Instead, he’s been up in Northern Idaho at Gozzer Ranch [Golf and Lake Club], hanging out with the Gretzky family, caddying for Paulina in the club’s ladies’ member-guest, and playing a lot of golf, playing almost every day.”

And apparently DJ’s golf game remains on point.

“He shot 61 this week, could have been a 59,” Rosaforte added.

It should be noted that Johnson could still be meeting with some sort of counselor and spending time with his future in-laws, but he obviously isn’t at any type of overnight rehab center. Remember that report we shared with you about Wayne Gretzky warning Johnson to clean up his act? Maybe The Great One is the therapist.

Tiger Woods drops another F-bomb (Video)

tiger-woodsTiger Woods has not played well since returning from back surgery, and the result has been at least one F-bomb per week. The latest came during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday when Tiger yanked his tee shot on hole No. 2 (his 11th after starting on No. 10) into a hazard.

It sounds like Tiger added a little extra this time. I’m pretty sure that was, “For f—‘s sake!”

Woods, who was able to play at Valhalla despite withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational last week with another back injury, has been particularly irritable lately. He took the Lord’s name in vain at the British Open last month and swore at a camera crew last weekend. He needs a massage or something.

Video via The Big Lead