Let’s backtrack a little. The Turkish Airlines Open was scheduled to go as planned as late as Oct 27.
However, officials of the European Tour were all set to cancel it last week due to unprecedented scenario. The terrorist activity we saw earlier this year has played its part. Naturally, players are scared. So, it’s really a big deal to know that a tournament is going on. It’s nothing short of a miracle.
The decisions were made last minute. It was indeed a dramatic behind the scene scenario. The CEO of the European Tour made a last minute trip to Turkey and met with the Foreign Affairs minister and the British Consulate before announcing that the tournament will be on as planned. They gained the confidence literally on the last day.
As far as the safety of the players was concerned, they arranged 2 charter flights that kept the players safe. The Ataturk Airport in Turkey was the site of the terrorist attack in June, which killed 36 people. The players were safely moved to a private terminal in Antalya via another plane. Read more »
Rory Mcilroy knows that his putting has been a big let down in the last week at the US PGA Championship event in New Jersey.
It was his poor putting skills that prevented him from making the cut at the PGA Championship. Rory was not at his best when playing his favorite major and this has made him decide to take a couple of weeks off to hone some of his golfing skills.
The golfer will be in France next week to attend his manager Sean O’Flaherty’s wedding. He will then take a two week break from the game before competing in the following five tournaments that are scheduled to take place in six weeks. The last one will be the Ryder Cup team event. Rory said that even though he has been taking a break for a couple of weeks, he will still be practicing and trying to improve his putting. He is sure that he needs to do something drastic about his putting so that he competes with the top guns on his return to the golfing arena in 2 weeks. Read more »
Rory McIlroy will hop the Masters Par-3 Contest in the coming week in the expectations that it would serve him end off the career Grand Slam at the Augusta National.
Speaking to several media houses, he told that he is not going to play the Par-3 Contest in 2016 as this is just too much dogfight and this is a bit of a beguilement.
Rory, who has played in Masters a total of 7 times with a 4th spot finish previous year his best result, missed the pre-tournament event just only one time. In that year, i.e.in 2011, Northern Irishman went to the back 9 on Sunday in the search for that green jacket, just to fall into a tie for fifteenth after a final-round 80.
He showed that break down as the reason he reuturn in his next major, the U.S. Open 2011, just to claim his 1st Grand Slam win at the Congressional Country Club. At the Par-3 event in the year 2015, Rory made waves when he had Niall Horan, One Direction star, caddy for him. The year before that, Rory’s former fiancée, Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, caddied for him.
Since the inception of Par-3 Contest in the year 1960, no one has ever won this and the Masters in that very same year.
Not only Rory McIlroy has reached up to the much coveted #1 position in golf, staying invincible in 4 majors & counting- the Irish hero is also the richest sportsman of his country at the moment, with 52 million Euros.
The year 2014 was quite a phenomenal one for Rory in his professional front as he stayed invincible in both Britis Open & US Open. Moreover, he helped Europe to grab victory on Ryder Cup that further cemented his position as the best golfer of the world. Accompanied by such remarkable success, Rory has also bagged a grand sponsorship deal with Nike that heightened his net wealth to as much as 52 million Euros, a 14 mn Euros increment on the last twelve months.
Such a vast amount comes in spite Rory’s tiff with his erstwhile management agency that led to a whooping settlement fee worth 25 million Euros. Read more »