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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Rory McIlroy
British Open champion Rory McIlroy was so impressed with Augustan Jeff Knox’s putting in the third round of April’s Masters Tournament that he sent him a letter saying he’d like to play “a couple of practice rounds” with him at Augusta National Golf Club before the 2015 event, Knox said Tuesday.
Another close call on golf's highest stage, but there were no tears or regrets this time. "Everyone looks at a second (place) and they want to make it a negative. Not at all," Garcia said. "I did almost everything I could."
The BBC said McIlroy's father and three of Gerry's friends placed a combined bet of 400 pounds (now $680) in 2004 on McIlroy winning the British Open before he turned 26. McIlroy was 15 at the time of the wager.
With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam.
Rory McIlroy finished 17-under 271 to win the British Open, the third major championship of his career. His father also cashed in on a decade-old bet.
Woods began the British Open with five birdies in a six-hole stretch for a 69 that put him only three shots behind Rory McIlroy. He walked off Royal Liverpool on Saturday with another round over par, leaving him 19 shots out of the lead.
His six-shot lead on Rickie Fowler was the largest at The Open since Tiger Woods led by six at St. Andrews in 2000. Even so, McIlroy was doing his best to preach caution entering Sunday.
Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.
As his tee shot curled farther and farther away from the 17th fairway, heading toward all sorts of trouble, Tiger Woods simply stuffed his club in the bag.
Both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are off to good starts at the 2014 British Open.
After a shaky start to the British Open, Woods ripped through Royal Liverpool on Thursday much like he did eight years ago, when he won the claret jug for the third time. Five birdies in six holes carried Woods to a 3-under 69, leaving him just three shots behind McIlroy.
For a major championship that began 154 years ago, no one ever knows what to expect at the British Open.
This year, McIlroy has played the opening round at a cumulative 49-under par. On the weekends, he's a combined 39 under. But on Fridays, for some reason, he's at 15 over.
He became only the seventh player in 114 years of the U.S. Open to go wire-to-wire, and no one ever had a chance. Kaymer led by at least four shots for the final 48 holes of this U.S. Open.
Too bad the Fox Sports contract to televise the U.S. Open doesn't start until next year. Greg Norman would probably have a lot to say about the difficulty of playing with a big lead on the weekend at a major championship.