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Rory McIlroy Tweets Picture with Charl Schwartzel in Green Jacket

Rory McIlroy continued his tour of class and positive public relations Monday by tweeting out a picture of himself with Masters winner Charl Schwartzel:

McIlroy’s words accompanying the tweet said “Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!” Like I said, pure class. Between his mature interview after blowing the Masters Sunday to this, it’s hard not to root for Rory in the future. And if you’re wondering why they were sharing a plane to Malaysia, it’s because they’re headed for the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur which is the next stop on the Asian Tour. I don’t know if Rory has a green jacket in his future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he won several majors during his career.

Charl Schwartzel Was Simply On Sunday

Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters with a final round rally on Sunday in which he shot a 66 to win by two strokes. Schwartzel didn’t just luck into the win thanks to Rory McIlroy’s disappointing collapse, he seized the day.

The 26-year-old South African birdied the final four holes of the round and sunk his last putt to seal the Green Jacket when he could have easily two-putted to victory. But that was only part of what made his final round so impressive.

Perhaps his most amazing shot of the day came on three when he eagled the hole with perfect spin on his iron from 108 yards away. Even before that, you could tell it was Schwartzel’s day when he sunk his birdie putt on the first hole making it from the rough. Here are both of those shots in case you missed em:

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Tara Sullivan Denied Access to Locker Room at Masters, Augusta Apologizes

On a day that Charl Schwartzel stole the show at the Masters and Rory McIlroy had a historic collapse, the outdated set of gender rules at Augusta National managed to take over golf headlines.

Tara Sullivan, a columnist for The Bergen Record of New Jersey, changed the conversation when she tweeted that she wasn’t allowed in the locker room for an interview. “Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong,” she wrote.

The tweet quickly spread throughout the twitterverse and turned into an Associated Press story.

It was no matter that the officials at Augusta apologized for the mistake as soon as they heard about the problem. It was no matter that they paged Sullivan to address the matter immediately.

As soon as her tweet spread throughout the media, the damage had already been done.

What’s most interesting about the story is that it was actually a female security guard who stopped Sullivan to say she wasn’t allowed in the locker room. The security guard was persistent with the policy according to Sullivan, and it sure seems like she was mistaken with her rules. But if the Masters is so biased as gender biased club, wouldn’t it have been a male security guard denying Sullivan access? I would think so, and this just further confirms it was a mistake.

I just hope people don’t use this story as an excuse to explore Augusta National’s male-only membership policy. As a club, they have the right to restrict membership to males, just as female clubs can do the same. Take this for what it was — a mistake, and nothing more. Too bad Charl Schwartzel’s win will likely be overshadowed because of it.

Rory McIlroy Handles Post-Masters Interview with Class, Maturity

Rory McIlroy led the 2011 Masters after 54 holes, but he ended up tied for 15th after a disastrous back nine in the final round. Despite the epic collapse, McIlroy showed class and maturity following the disappointing finish. Conducting what could have been an incredibly uncomfortable interview with CBS’ Peter Kostis, the youngster described his tournament as a learning experience.

“I thought I hung in pretty well in the front line, I was leading the tournament going into the back nine,” said McIlroy. “Just hit a poor tee shot on 10 and sort of unraveled from there. Just sort of lost it 10, 11, 12, and couldn’t really get it back. It’s one of those things, I’m very disappointed at the minute and I’m sure I will be for the next few days, but I’ll get over it. I have to take the positives and the positives are I led this golf tournament for 63 holes. I’ll have plenty more chances, I know that. It’s very disappointing what happened today and hopefully it will build a little bit of character in me as well.”

It could not have been easy to talk about blowing the tournament, but McIlroy did it graciously. Think about it: McIlroy entered with a four-stroke lead, triple-bogeyed on 10, and finished with a final round 80 — 10 strokes behind Charl Schwartzel. It was an epic collapse, but based on his character, it looks like McIlroy will be able to leave it in the past.

McIlroy is only 21 years old so we have little doubt he will be back. Hopefully next time he’ll be able to hold on for the win when he’s leading a major on Sunday.

Jason Day’s Wife Ellie Harvey Captures Audience at Masters

Much like Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, Ellie Harvey, the wife of golfer Jason Day, got a lot of attention from fans watching the Masters on CBS.

Ellie Harvey and Jason Day were married in the fall of 2009, and there’s a great story about Day nailing a hole-in-one at her request in 2008. Day is Australian while Harvey is from Ohio, but the two met through Day’s coach and caddie, Col Swatton, according to the PGA’s site. Jason Sobel has more info on the couple, saying “they met five years ago when she was waitressing at a restaurant in Twinsburg, Ohio, but didn’t start seriously dating until coincidentally running into each other a few years later.”

Even though Day came up short in the Masters, there is little doubt many fans now have a new favorite golfer, thanks to his wife, Ellie Day. Day is the latest addition to the long list of our smokin hot sports girlfriends, go here to see them all.

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John Daly Ex Says Golfers Paid for Sexual Favors at TPC Southwind in Memphis

When the fourth ex-wife of John Daly decides to speak out, one would assume her goal is to throw golf’s notorious bad boy under the bus. While that may be true to some extent, Sherrie Daly seems to be targeting the entire PGA in her memoir, “Teed Off: My Life as a Player’s Wife on the PGA Tour.” Of course, Sherrie is the ex-wife of a wacky clothes-wearing, chain-smoking party animal, so her stories are bound to be colorful.

While Sherrie talks about everything from fighting off strippers and Hooters girls to finding her husband in bed with other women, Deadspin called our attention to one particularly entertaining claim she made about the 16th hole at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

I’d been told by many men in Memphis, including my banker, that there was a girl who’d give golfers [oral sex] when they got to the sixteenth hole . . . Apparently, all they had to do was pay $300 when they got there, and she’d take them into the bushes.”

I don’t watch a ton of golf, but I play quite a bit.  It has to be assumed that Sherrie is talking about practice rounds, because I don’t see how someone would have enough time to receive a sexual favor between holes 16 and 17 during a tournament.  Not to mention, the cameramen would probably be wondering where the golfers have been disappearing to after they sink their puts on the 16th green.  If this practice is going on during tournaments and no one has caught on, the price should probably be steeper than $300. Just saying.

Billy Mayfair Wears Pat Tillman Jersey as Tribute During Phoenix Open (Pictures)

Golfer Billy Mayfair is from Phoenix and lives in Scottsdale — a born-and-bred Arizona native. He went to college at Arizona State, so he decided to use his second round Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as an opportunity to pay tribute to Pat Tillman.

Tillman is a former Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for Arizona State who played for the Arizona Cardinals but left them to join the Army Rangers. Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan and is widely considered to be a hero and role model.

Mayfair put the jersey on for the 16th hole and his drive hit the pin, lipping out in what was nearly a hole in one. He ended up with a birdie on the hole. Mayfair is several strokes off the lead, but no doubt he’s the fan favorite after that tribute.