Rory McIlroy: I Had to Beg to Get Holly Sweeney Back

It takes a real man to admit his mistakes, especially when that man is a 22-year-old superstar who already has more money than he knows what to do with.  Even the most chauvinistic bro who has seen Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend probably would be not upset with Northern Ireland’s finest taking an extremely humble stance when talking about his better half.  If talking about having to beg to get his girlfriend back makes McIlroy sound a little soft, he clearly doesn’t care.

That’s right — the same confident and arrogant golfer who won the U.S. Open less than a month ago and turned the trophy into his own personal cocktail glass admitted in a recent documentary that getting Holly Sweeney back after a brief hiatus was one of the more difficult tasks he’s ever had to tackle.

At the start of the year I wanted to take a break and just focus on my game,’ McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland, via Mail Online, in a documentary entitled Rory’s Major Breakthrough.

“But I realized pretty quickly I had made a huge mistake, and I had to do a lot of begging and grovelling to get her back. Holly (left, with McIlroy) is fantastic. I have known her for six years and for someone my age that is a huge chunk of my life. She keeps my feet on the ground and knows the things to say to me. She has been such a great support. She takes my mind off golf and everything else that is going on.”

Oh yeah, and she’s one of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends for those of you who weren’t aware.  This isn’t the first time Rory has credited Sweeney for keeping him grounded, so our boy is obviously just comfortable in his own skin.  Got a problem with that?

Thomas Levet Breaks Shin Celebrating French Open Win (Video)

Golfer Thomas Levet won his sixth European Tour event Sunday when he became the second Frenchman to win the French Open. He decided to celebrate in the most logical way possible — by jumping into the water after the 18th hole. Hey honey, look at me, I’m hang-gliding. Take a good picture!

What an idiot! They totally jumped about 10 feet in on a water hazard that only appeared to be a few feet deep. Where was the caddy on that one? I thought they’re supposed to have the course all measured up and be recommending proper advice? And how about the dude being unable to pull himself out of the pond like he were in a wading pool? Pretty sad, huh?

No surprise, Levet is out of the Scottish Open after breaking his shin. What is a surprise is that he’s not the first athlete to be injured while celebrating. Check out the full list of athletes hurt while celebrating and try not to shake your head too many times.

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Tiger Woods Featured in Japanese Heat Rub Commercial (Video)

Once upon a time, Tiger Woods was a great pitchman.  He may never have been as good as the goofballs of the world like Greg Oden, but his popularity made him a heck of a salesman.  Then a certain sex scandal arose and most companies wanted nothing to do with Tiger.  Sponsors dropped the world’s greatest golfer as though the well-being of their businesses depended on it.  As it turns out, he’s still huge in Japan — no pun intended.  Check out the Tiger Woods Japanese heat rub commercial:

I can think of a lot of other things that have to do with heat and rubbing that Tiger would probably make a better pitchman for, but that’s neither here nor there.  The fact that he has become such an off-limits marketing tool in the U.S. makes this commercial 100 times funnier than it normally would be.  Does this heat rub ad mean he’s more versatile than the great Peyton Manning?  It’s definitely up there with this Aroldis Chapman commercial, but nowhere near as hilarious as Danilo Gallinari’s commercial which could be the funniest marketing campaign we’ve ever seen.  Could Tiger be on his way to a Michael Vick-like comeback in the coming months?  Time will tell.

H/T to Black Sports Online

Rory McIlroy Has a Four Hole Practice Facility in his Backyard

One of the sweetest backyard courses you’ll find belongs to Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The 22-year-old U.S. Open winner has a state-of-the-art mini-course at his Country Down home in Northern Ireland that features four full-sized holes. McIlroy spent hundreds of thousands of pounds constructing the course, but he says it’s already paid dividends.

“To have a practice facility at the back of my own house is incredible, it was done as an investment in my future,” McIlroy told BBC Northern Ireland.

“Since I got it built I have won my first major, so it has paid for itself already. It is a long-term commitment to Northern Ireland, I see myself always living here.”

Ready for a few details on the mini-course? It has U.S. Open as well as links-style rough, and a replica of the infamous Road Hole Bunker at St. Andrews golf course, but with Portrush sand. McIlroy has a team of greenkeepers who maintain the course, and he has it fine-tuned each week depending on how the course at the tournament is supposed to play.

Here are a few more shots of his backyard practice course:

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Rory McIlroy Says Confidence, Arrogance Are Important for Success

A 22-year old kid from Northern Ireland is officially on top of the golf world.  We don’t want to brag or anything, but we told you this day was coming nearly a year ago when Rory McIlroy dominated at Quail Hollow.  While many will argue it is too early to call him the next Tiger Woods, McIlroy is on his way to becoming just that.  He has the skill of Woods with youth on his side.  More importantly, he has the benefit of being able to learn from Tiger’s mistakes.

As a personality, McIlroy is refreshing for the sport of golf.  In a sport where you would be reprimanded for clapping too loudly, along came a kid who tweets pictures of himself pounding booze and isn’t afraid to treat the U.S. Open trophy like it’s the Stanley Cup.  There are a couple reasons no one has a problem with McIlroy’s wild side: he’s 22 years old and probably the most skilled golfer on the planet — it’s harmless fun. Also, if you saw Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, the thought of him cheating on her probably wouldn’t cross your mind either.

On Wednesday, McIlroy involuntarily shed some light upon the demise of Tiger Woods.  The 22-year-old spoke with Yahoo! Sports about his recent success and the importance of maintaining a certain arrogance in order to remain successful.

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Robert Garrigus Says He and Other Golfers Smoked Weed Between Holes

Robert Garrigus impressed with his strong performance at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, a tournament in which he shot below par every single round. Only eight men have accomplished that feat including him. Garrigus is also known for having the tiniest putter on tour. He’ll also be known for being a past John Daly disciple.

In an interview with Golf Digest via FOXSports.com, Garrigus talked about his past addiction to marijuana that led to a stint in rehab. He has cleaned up since then and become a much more consistent player, but these stories are still pretty shocking. Take it away, Robert.

On his time at Scottsdale Community College, Garrigus says “It was all golf and partying. I never did hard drugs. I never did coke or LSD. It was just smoking and drinking and hanging out with friends. It was just a change for me, but the smoking got to be habitual: five, 10, maybe 20 times a day. I didn’t keep track of how much. I constantly needed to be high. And I took it to the max. Every single day. Mostly just smoking, smoking, smoking.”

Now if you think Garrigus saying he was on the Charles Rogers path is bad, wait til you hear this.

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Martin Kaymer Makes Trick Shot (Video)

Trick shot videos became popular when UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee filmed one in February that was viewed nearly six million times on YouTube. Monmouth QB Alex Tanney tried out his own, and long snapper Zach Enyeart showcased his skills in one too. We even posted an awesome soccer trick shot video too. But one thing we haven’t seen is a golf trick shot video. Now we have, thanks to Devil Ball Golf.

Check out German golfer Martin Kaymer doing his thing:

Golf balls are so tiny it’s impossible to follow them, so filming a trick shot video is just too easy. Still, I have to give him credit for coming up with creative stunts. Can’t really beat shooting from a helicopter, right?