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Rory McIlroy Defends LeBron James from Media Criticism

While LeBron James is taking a public beating from fans and the media, he can take comfort in knowing he at least has one supporter. Golfer and fellow sports prodigy, Rory McIlroy, defended the star Heat player to reporters Tuesday.

Speaking at Congressional where the U.S. Open will be held this week, McIlroy said of LeBron “I think he’s been unfairly scrutinized. Everyone is going to have bad days, if it’s on a golf course or on a basketball court. And with sports these days everything is over-analyzed, stats here, stats there, how has your team combined points in the last quarter of the Finals or whatever. It’s just one of those things.”

McIlory continued to put things in perspective. “If people keep talking about having a bad last quarter all the time, it’s going to sort of get to you,” the young golfer said. “But he’s got plenty more chances to win Finals. And I’m sure the Heat will have a chance to win it again next year.”

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Picture: Rory McIlroy Pounds Jagermeister, Continues to Own Golf World

Have I mentioned that I love Rory McIlroy?  Not lately?  Alright, well here’s a refresher.  In an era where we all got to see how much of a dirtbag Tiger Woods really is, this 22-year-old Irishman has done nothing shy of tear the golf world up.  He may have had a meltdown at the Masters last month, but that will happen to a young golfer and he seemed to take it in stride.  On top of that, his girlfriend Holly Sweeney is ridiculously hot and he has even called Tiger out before.  What more could you ask for?  Check out this picture of Rory McIlroy pounding Jagermeister:

Golf people will probably be up in arms about this, but the bottom line is he’s 22 years old (old enough to drink in the U.S.) and likes to have a good time.  Last time I checked that wasn’t a crime.  I love golf, but the stuffiness kills me sometimes.  Having guys like McIlroy around — who like to party without cheating on their wife a million times while they have kids at home — makes the game more entertaining.  It’s also a bonus that he does it without being a fat obnoxious slob like a certain John Daly.  Chest bump to Sports Crackle Pop via The Big Lead for the pic.

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.

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.

Tiger No Longer Intimidating Oponents

As if I needed another reason to respect Rory McIlroy, he has now decided to take a couple of jabs at Tiger Woods.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not Tiger should be asked to play for the U.S. squad in the upcoming Ryder Cup.  With the way he has played lately, he should be left off the team.  Chances are Corey Pavin will select him with one of his four captain’s picks come Sept. 7 because — despite being the center of everyone’s jokes — he’s still Tiger Woods.

McIlroy’s girlfriend, Holly Sweeney, is hot and his golf game is on the rise.  If anyone from the European Ryder Cup team should be talking smack it should probably be him, so I have no problem with it.  Here’s what McIlroy has to say about the prospect of facing Tiger, courtesy of Yahoo! News:

I would love to face [Woods]. Unless his game rapidly improves… I think anyone in the European team would fancy their chances against him.”

“There are a lot of American players playing better than him at the minute but it’s always an advantage to have Tiger Woods in your team,” said McIlroy.

“I think he’ll (Pavin) pick him. I don’t think it would go down too well in the States if he wasn’t picked.”

If Tiger doesn’t step his golf game up — and fast — he’ll have to prove to everyone that he can still be a good person and a good golfer.

Sources:
McIlroy: Tiger would be easy Ryder Cup prey [Out of Bounds]
Tiger easy meat for Ryder Cup team: McIlroy [Yahoo! News]

Rory McIlroy is the Real Deal

A few months back, when 20-year-old Rory McIlroy finished 15-under and dominated the Quail Hollow Championship, we talked less about his golf game and more about his better half. Holly Sweeney, who is Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend, is certainly worthy of the attention. However, now that McIlroy has set an opening round British Open record by shooting a 9-under 63, it’s probably important to remind you that we’re in the process of witnessing something special.

McIlroy’s Quail Hollow performance made him the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger Woods. When he shot a 63 at the British Open, he became only the eighth player to do so in one of the four major tournaments. The last golfer to do it was — you guessed it — Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship in 2007. Picking up on any kind of a pattern here?

The now 21-year-old from Northern Ireland registered an eagle on the ninth after driving the green from 352 yards out and sinking his putt. He then went on to birdie six holes and shoot a 30 on the back nine, which tied a tournament record.

I didn’t get off to a flying start,” McIlroy said. “The eagle on 9 really sort of turned things around for me, and I just got going from there. It was great to get into the rhythm of the round and get into a flow. And yeah, it was a very pleasant round of golf.”

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Rory McIlroy: My New Favorite Golfer

In case you didn’t hear, a 20-year-old golfer named Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland dominated the scene at the Quail Hollow Championship over the weekend, becoming the youngest PGA Tour winner since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat a few years back.  The up-and-coming star finished the event at 15-under and won himself $1.17 million in the process.

Let the gossip begin as pictures of the young star’s girlfriend — Holly Sweeney — have been rapidly surfacing all over the internet.  The two have been dating since they were only in their mid-teens, and good friend Sports By Brooks directed our attention to the heat the now 19-year-old is bringing.  Here’s what McIlroy told the Belfast Telegraph about his girlfriend a few years back:

Holly is quite shy. This is the first time she has been in the media spotlight and she has handled herself really well, but I think she doesn’t want to turn into a typical girlfriend of a sports person, so she likes to take a back seat.”

That’s probably a good idea, Holly.  Sometimes “sports girlfriends” and wives find themselves being cheated on.  Not saying McIlroy has the morals — or lack there of — that Tiger has, but I’m sure girlfriends of golfers are now a bit more worried about their boyfriends cheating on them with porn stars than they were, say, last year. Sweeney doesn’t look to be very shy anymore to me, but that’s just my opinion. In any event, here are some pictures of Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend if you care to have a look at the better half of my new favorite golfer on the Tour:

HOLLY SWEENEY PICTURES

Sources:
Photos of Rory McIlroy’s “Quite Shy” Girlfriend [Sports by Brooks]
Holly doesn’t want to be a typical sports girlfriend [Belfast Telegraph]
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