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Devil Ball Golf - Yahoo! Sports
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By Carl Dinnen Tiger Woods says Rory McIlroy, who has just turned 20, is the man most likely to replace him as the world's number one golfer. "It's very flattering, but you can't really let it get into your head. I know I still have a long way to go to...
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On the same day the change in the selection process was announced, 20-year-old rising star Rory mcilroy was quoted as saying that making the 2010 Ryder Cup team is not a priority for him. mcilroy, who won the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year...

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer.

McIlroy was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland, where he attended Sullivan Upper School and was raised as a Catholic. His home golf club is Holywood Golf Club. He started his early training with Michael Bannon, previously the Golf Professional of Holywood Golf Club, also his current coach and dedicated mentor.

McIlroy was a member of Europe's winning 2004 Junior Ryder Cup team. In 2005 he became the youngest ever winner of both the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. He retained the West of Ireland Championship in 2006 and followed that up with back to back wins at the Irish Close Championship. In August 2006 he won the European Amateur Championship at Biella Golf Club, near Milan, Italy. McIlroy won with the score of 274 (65-69-72-68). He won by three strokes over Englishman Stephen Lewton.

In July 2005 he shot a course record 61 on the Dunluce links of Royal Portrush Golf Club. ref>Golfing sensation sets new record, bbc.co.uk, 13 July 2005.</ref> In October 2006 McIlroy represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and the Amateur World Team Championship. On 6 February 2007 he became the second man to top the World Amateur Golf Rankings, though he lost the top spot after just one week.

McIlroy shot an opening round of 3 under par 68 at the 2007 Open Championship at Carnoustie which put him in a tie for third place, three shots off the lead. He was also the only person in the field without a bogey in the first round. He then shot a 5 over par 76 in round two to put him at +2 for the championship, comfortably making the cut. In the third round he shot a 2 over par 73. In the final round he shot a 72 (+1) to finish at T42. He shot +5 overall and was the lowest finishing amateur, winning the silver medal.

McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 2007 Walker Cup. On the first day of the event McIlroy was paired with Jonathan Caldwell for morning foursomes and the match was halved. In the afternoon he faced Billy Horschel in singles but Horschel won 1 up. On the second day McIlroy and Caldwell lost in morning foursomes by the score of 2 & 1. In the afternoon he faced Billy Horschel in singles again and this time he won by the score of 1 up. McIlroy's overall record was (1-2-1) in Win-Loss-Tie format. In the end the United States came out victorious by a score of 12½ to 11½.

McIlroy made his first appearance in a European Tour event a few days after turning sixteen, when he took part in the 2005 British Masters. He made the cut on the European Tour for the first time as a seventeen year old at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic, where he had to forego prize money of over €7,600 due to his amateur status.

McIlroy turned professional on September 19 which was the day before the Quinn Direct British Masters. He signed with International Sports Management, a company that also manages Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and David Howell. At the British Masters, McIlroy shot 290 (+2) which put him in a tie for 42nd place. McIlroy finished in 3rd place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October. He finished 3 strokes behind the winner Nick Dougherty. Due to this performance, McIlroy put himself in position to become the youngest Affiliate Member in the history of The European Tour to earn a tour card. The next week McIlroy secured his card for 2008 by finishing in a tie for 4th place at the Open de Madrid Valle Romano. On the 2007 European Tour season, McIlroy earned €277,255 and finished in 95th place on the Order of Merit list. He was the highest ranked associate member.

McIlroy started his 2008 European Tour season at the UBS Hong Kong Open. He did not make the one-under cut though, missing it by four strokes. He shot a 69 in the 1st round and looked good to make the cut from there. McIlroy slipped up in the 2nd round though and shot a 74. This poor round made him miss his first cut as a professional. McIlroy bounced back by finishing in a tie for 15th at the MasterCard Masters in Australia.

McIlroy entered the top 200 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time on 27 January 2008.

On 7 September 2008, McIlroy took a four shot lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland but finished in a tie for first place with Frenchman Jean-François Lucquin after missing a four foot putt for par at the 18th hole in regulation that would have given him the outright victory. In the sudden-death playoff, both players parred the 18th hole, and in the second go-around, McIlroy missed a 1 1/2 foot par putt, giving Lucquin two putts for the victory. Lucquin subsequently holed his 15 foot birdie putt for the outright playoff victory.

McIlroy finished the 2008 season having established himself in the top 100 of the world rankings and was ranked 36th on the European Tour Order of Merit.

After finishing second in the UBS Hong Kong Open in November 2008, McIlroy attained his highest world ranking position of 50, making him the youngest ever player to make the top 50. He finished the 2008 calendar year at 39th in the world rankings after finishing joint 3rd in the South African Open. This earned him an invitation to U.S. Masters in April 2009, only 18 months after turning pro. His first professional win came when he won the Dubai Desert Classic on 1 February 2009, this win took him to 16th in the world rankings.

In the 2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, McIlroy reached the quarterfinals. In the first round he defeated Louis Oosthuizen 2 & 1, in the second round he beat Hunter Mahan 1-up, and in the third round he beat Tim Clark 4 & 3. He lost to Geoff Ogilvy in the quarterfinals, 2 & 1.

In April 2009, McIlroy appeared at The Masters in his first major tournamnent as a professional. He finished the tournament tied for 20th place, two shots under par for the tournament. Of the players to make the cut, McIlroy achieved the third highest average driving distance, beaten only by Dustin Johnson and Andrés Romero.

LA = Low Amateur DNP = Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland is the only golf club outside of Great Britain which has hosted The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's major championships. It is considered a highly testing course, with a particularly scenic setting. The Dunluce Links course is rated number 4 of "The 100 greatest courses in the British Isles", Golf World 11/96. It was ranked number 12 in the world in Golf Magazine's biennial rankings of the Top 100 Courses in the World, often considered the gold standard of course rankings. Additionally Golf Digest ranks it as the third best course outside the United States.

Situated on the beautiful North Antrim Causeway Coast, Royal Portrush occupies a triangle of giant sand hills with views of the hills of Donegal in the west, the Isle of Islay and Southern Hebrides in the north, with the Giant's Causeway and the Skerries in the east. The course is overlooked by the ruins of 13th century Dunluce Castle and this gives its name to Royal Portrush's famous Dunluce course.

This beautifully natural golf course is one for enthusiasts of the game but it is a difficult challenge for high handicappers and anyone who is liable to stray of the straight and narrow. From June or July on the rough is well named and discretion rather than bravery should be your watchword. Highlights of the course include the famous 14th, Calamity Corner, a Par 3 in excess of 200 yds requiring a full carry to the green over an imposing ravine.

The club was founded in 1888 as "The County Club" it became "The Royal County Club" in 1892 under the patronage of the Duke of York and assumed its present name in 1895 under the patronage of the Prince of Wales. In 1947 club member Fred Daly, became the first Irishman to win The Open Championship until Pádraig Harrington's victory at Carnoustie in 2007. Four years later, when the club hosted the Open, the victor was Englishman Max Faulkner. More recently the course has hosted the Senior British Open Championship in 1995-99 and 2004.

It has an agreement with a second club, Rathmore Golf Club, when members of Portrush can play the Rathmore course, "the Valley", at any time and members of Rathmore may play the Dunluce course at any time.

There is also a driving range, open to members only, where the club professional Gary McNeil and his assistants give lessons.

It is believed that Tiger Woods shot an 81 on this course during a round.

Rory McIlroy holds the course record with a 61.

The Open Championship was staged here only once, and here's the only champion.

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2009 Masters Tournament

The 2009 Masters Tournament was the 73rd Masters Tournament held at Augusta National Golf Club, and was played from April 9-12, 2009. This was the first major championship of the 2009 PGA season.

The Masters has the smallest field of the major championships. Officially the Masters remains an invitation event, but there is now a qualification process. In theory, the club could simply decline to invite a qualified player. This is the list of all 96 players who qualified to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament.

Greg Norman, Gary Player, and Fuzzy Zoeller are expected to be playing their final Masters event.

The annual par 3 contest was held on Wednesday, April 8. Tim Clark won with a score of -5 (22), two shots better than José María Olazábal and Jack Newman. Three players shot a hole-in-one: John Merrick on the second hole, Greg Norman on the sixth, and Clark on the ninth.

The Masters Tournament is played over four days with an 18-hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds and a par-three contest on the neighboring par-three course. Everyone outside the top 44 and ties or outside ten strokes of the leader was "cut" after two rounds.

The first round weather conditions were sunny and calm. Chad Campbell, scored a 7 under par 65, which included five straight birdies in the first five holes. Campbell finished the day with a one stroke lead over Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Larry Mize shot a five under par 67 to be two strokes behind. Mahan led the field in total birdies with 9 in the first round.

Chad Campbell continued his strong play with a 2 under par 70 to remain in the lead. Kenny Perry shot a bogey-free 5 under par 67 to tie the lead with Campbell. The day included Fuzzy Zoeller and Gary Player completing their final rounds at Augusta. Zoeller was the 1979 Masters champion. Anthony Kim shot the day's low round with a 65, which included a new record for most birdies in a round with eleven.

The cut, of the top 44 players and ties, was at +1, 50 players made the cut. In all, 25 players shot sub-par rounds for the day and the scoring average was 73.74. For the tournament, 32 players were under par, and the scoring average was 72.99.

Kenny Perry shot a two under par 70 to remain in the lead at 11 under. Ángel Cabrera shot a three under par 69 to tie Perry for the lead. Chad Campbell was leading for most of the day until a double-bogey on the 16th hole. Campbell shot a 72 and was two strokes back. Jim Furyk finished another stroke back of Campbell. Five players shot the day's low round of 4 under par 68. Those players were: Jim Furyk -8, Steve Stricker -7, Sean O'Hair -4, Ian Poulter -4, and Steve Flesch -3.

Phil Mickelson birdied six holes on the front nine to score 30, tying a tournament record held by Johnny Miller, Greg Norman and K. J. Choi. Kenny Perry was leading for most of the day until he finished with bogies at 17 and 18. Perry finished tied with Ángel Cabrera and Chad Campbell, leading to a three way playoff. Campbell was eliminated on the first playoff hole after failing to make his par putt. When Perry failed to get up and down from left of the green on the second playoff hole, Cabrera two putted from 15 feet to par and win. Cabrera became the first Argentinian to win the Masters.

Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was involved in a controversial incident during the second round. In sixth place on the leaderboard with three holes left to play, McIlroy had double-bogeyed the 16th hole before hitting his approach shot into a bunker on the 18th hole. He failed with his first attempt to get the ball out of the bunker and kicked out at the sand, which is an offense because it is deemed to be testing the condition of the hazard. He finished his round at 4:15 p.m. local time and at 8:40 p.m. was called to the clubhouse to view footage of the incident. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, as a player is allowed to smooth over the sand provided that it does nothing to improve the position of the ball with regard to the next shot.

Also during the second round, while putting for birdie on the 15th green, Pádraig Harrington had stepped up to his ball and addressed it, but a gust of wind caused him to step away. The ball then moved, but since he had grounded his club previously, he was deemed to have caused it to move and was penalized one stroke. He completed the hole with a par 5.

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2007 Open Championship

Pádraig Harrington at the 2007 Open Championship

The 2007 Open Championship was the 136th Open Championship, played from July 19 to July 22, 2007 at Carnoustie Golf Links. Pádraig Harrington defeated Sergio García in a playoff to take the title. 156 players participated in this year's Championship. The purse was £4,200,000 (an increase of £200,000 over 2006), and the winner received £750,000 (an increase of £30,000 over 2006). Using conversion rates at the time of the tournament, the purse was €6,158,474 for the European Tour's Order of Merit rankings and $8,637,720 for the PGA Tour's money list.

Carnoustie first hosted The Open Championship in 1931 and the 2007 Open was the 7th to be held at Carnoustie. Carnoustie's prestige in the golf community is irrefutable as the list of champions includes Tommy Armour (1931), Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975) and Paul Lawrie (1999). The 1999 championship was nicknamed "Carnastie" due to how difficult the course was. Frenchmen Jean Van de Velde went into the 18th hole needing only a double-bogey to win the championship. He triple-bogeyed the hole and went to a playoff with Lawrie and Justin Leonard. Lawrie won the Open after a four hole playoff.

Sergio García led the field after the first round. When the Open was last held at Carnoustie in 1999, García shot a first round 89 and went on to miss the cut. Amateur Rory McIlroy shot the only bogey-free round on the day, finishing with a 68 (-3). McIlroy qualified for the Open by winning the European Amateur Championship for 2006. Tiger Woods began his campaign for his third straight Open Championship by shooting a 69 (-2), including an eagle at Hogan’s Alley, the famous 6th hole at Carnoustie. Paul McGinley shot a bogey-free round through 14 but then went on to bogey the 15th and 16th hole. John Daly suffered an incredible swoon, scoring -5 after three birdies and an eagle on 11, only to get a double bogey on 12, triple bogey on 14, and three more bogeys on the way to a 74 (+3) for the round and eventually missing the cut. The scoring average on the day was 73.72 (+2.72).

Day 1 leader Sergio García shot a 71 (E) today to stay at −6 and led by 2 strokes. Amateur Rory McIlroy was the story of day 1 and shot a 76 (+5) to drop to +2 which put him in a tie for 31st going into the weekend. Paul McGinley shot a 75 (+4) to drop to even par. The Irishmen finished in second place on day 1. Tiger Woods shot a disappointing 74 (+3) including a double bogey on the 1st hole. Mike Weir shot the best round of the day with a 68 (-3). That moved him into a tie for 3rd place going into the weekend. The cut was at +4. Late in the day it fluctuated between +4 and +5 until it settled at +4. The scoring average on the day was 74.10 (+3.10).

Sergio García shot a 68 (-3) to extend his lead to three strokes and was now at −9. Paul McGinley rebounded from his day 2 round of 75 to shoot a 68 (-3). He was now at −3 on the tournament, in a tie for third place with six other players going into the final round. Tiger Woods shot a 69 (-2) which put him at −1 going into the weekend. At 8 strokes behind the leader it appeared that his quest for a third straight Open Championship would fall short. Tiger had never won a major when trailing after 54 holes. The best round on the day was an amazing 64 (-7) by Steve Stricker, which was the lowest ever for an Open Championship round at Carnoustie, and also tied the course record (Alan Tait scored 64 during a pro-am in 1994, and Colin Montgomerie scored the same during the Scottish Open in 1995). Stricker birdied five of the first seven holes en route to a bogey-free round with 7 birdies. Stricker was at +1 going into the day and ended the day in second alone, 3 strokes behind García. Chris DiMarco scored a 66 (-5) to move into the group tied for third at −3, six shots behind. García has never won a major championship, and for the first time in his career held the lead at a major championship heading into the final round. The only Spaniard to win the Open is Hall of Famer Seve Ballesteros, who has won it three times. The scoring average on the day was 71.61 (+0.61).

Another wild final round had numerous lead changes, and it came down to Sergio García and Pádraig Harrington in the final holes. García struggled at times during his only over-par round of the tournament, but was still at -8 (+1 for the day) entering the last couple of holes. Harrington meanwhile had four birdies followed by an eagle at 14 to move to -9 for the tournament, and went to the 18th hole with a one-shot lead. Harrington went into the burn twice, but salvaged a double-bogey 6 to finish with a round of 67 (-4), -7 for the tournament. García, who now had a one-shot lead himself on the 72nd hole, found a greenside bunker with his approach shot. He left himself a ten footer for par and the title, but the putt lipped out and he had to settle for a playoff, scoring a 73 (+2) for the round.

Andrés Romero shot par or better in every round, and had ten birdies Sunday. He got to -9 late in the day, but was done in by a double bogey, bogey finish to end his round one shot out of the playoff. The best round of the day was by Richard Green who shot a 64 (-7). The Australian equaled the course record during an Open set the previous day by American Steve Stricker, and set the target in the clubhouse on 279. He began the day at +2 and his round put him in a tie for 4th. The scoring average on the day was 72.79 (+1.79).

The first 10 players, plus ties, are invited to the 2008 Open Championship.

Pádraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win the Open Championship in 60 years, defeating Sergio García in a playoff. The four-hole playoff included holes 1, 16, 17, and 18. Harrington birdied the first hole while García bogeyed, giving Harrington a two-stroke edge. The two players each parred the next two holes (García hit the pin on the par-3 16th but his ball rolled a distance away), and Harrington still lead by two strokes heading into 18. Harrington played the hole more cautiously this time, reaching the green in three shots. García gave himself a chance by reaching the green in two, but his birdie putt burned the left edge. Harrington then made his short bogey putt for the win. He was the first European winner of a major since Briton Paul Lawrie triumphed at Carnoustie in 1999, and the win moved his ranking up to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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Lin Wen-tang

Lin Wen-tang (born 28 June 1974) is a Taiwanese golfer. He comes from a golfing family, with his father and uncle both being professionals and two brothers who play with him on the Asian Tour.

Lin turned professional in 1996, and won for the first time as at the 1998 Hsin Fong Open, a non-tour event in his home country. He has played on the Asian Tour since 1998 and has won four titles, his first coming in 2006 at the Taiwan Open. His second Asian Tour victory came in 2007 at the Brunei Open, and in 2008 he won the inaugural Asian Tour International in Thailand.

In April 2008, Lin reached the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings, and then in November, he recorded the biggest win of his career at the UBS Hong Kong Open, a European Tour co-sanctioned event, defeating Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari in a playoff. The win earned Lin a two year exemption on the European Tour.

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Jean-François Lucquin

Jean-François Lucquin (born 25 December 1978) is a French professional golfer.

Having played on the Challenge Tour for four seasons, Lucquin finally gained his place on the European Tour for 2003 by finishing second in the 2002 Challenge Tour rankings, winning the Panalpina Banque Commerciale du Maroc Classic along the way.

After struggling in his first season on the European Tour, Lucquin regained his card for the following season at the qualifying school, since when he has steadily improved his standing each year. In 2008 he won his first European Tour title at the Omega European Masters, defeating Rory McIlroy in a playoff, and went on to finish the season ranked 52nd on the Order of Merit.

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