McGinley and McIlroy Part their Ways

Graeme McDowell believes European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley made the right call by not pairing him up with compatriot Rory McIlroy. There was a lot of talk before the event that the two compatriots would not be paired up together for the first time in three Ryder Cups and in the end Paul McGinley decided that it would be better to break up the pairing.

And McDowell believes this was the right call as the two of them did not have a record that was overwhelmingly brilliant over the past two editions of the event and at best, the two of them could have played a couple of foursomes. He also hailed the decision making of McGinley throughout the event and considers the win for Team Europe as a testimony to his skills as a skipper.

There was a lot of talk prior to the event about how Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell would deal with being paired together considering the litigation that the world number one filed against the sports management company that the two of them had set up a few years back. And although both the players had openly said that they had patched their differences up, McGinley decided it was in the best interest of the team to not pair them up.

Rory McIlroy was paired thrice with Sergio Garcia and once with Ian Poulter and his record of 1-1-2 was quite impressive while G-Mac was teamed with Victor Dubuisson.

McDowell also mentioned that over the last four editons of the tournament, he has been quite lucky in terms of his partners, having had played Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ian Poulter and his compatriot McIlroy and he believes those are quite the partners in crime and he is lucky and proud to have been able to play with them.

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Rory McIlroy ready to embrace hype ahead of Masters

World number one Rory McIlroy says that he will soak the pressure as he attempts to secure his career Grand Slam at The Masters next year at Augusta National.

The Northern Irishman won The Open Championship this year, completing the third major win of his career before going on to secure victory at the US PGA Championship a few weeks later.

And speaking to BBC, the 25 year old said that he knows there will be a lot of hype as he attempts to secure the Augusta Masters next year. He added that he knows the world media will focus all their attention on him but he doesn’t mind the spotlight.

McIlroy led the race for the title back in 2011 as he opened up a four stroke lead before a closing round score of 80 saw him fall down the leader board. He made up for that by winning the US Open title a few months later and also secured his second title with his win at the US PGA title.

Rory McIlroy added that he realises a win at the Augusta National next year will set him up with a chance to secure victories in four successive major events at the US Open a couple of months later and he wants to be able to have a crack at that.

He said that it all lies in the preparation and he wants to do everything right so that when he goes to the Augusta National in April next year, everything will be ready to go.

According to Rory McIlroy, if he does win at Augusta, there will be even more hype for the US Open but he doesn’t mind that and he will be hoping that he is able to hold all four majors at the same time.

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Jim Furyk

Jim Michael Furyk, an American professional golfer who plies his trade on the PGA Tour. He was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania and learnt the game at the primary level from his father who was head pro at Uniontown Country Club.  He graduated from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County in 1988 where he became the state champion golfer. He also played golf for the college team at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he was an All-American twice, and led the Wildcats to their first and only NCAA title in 1992.

Furyk turned professional 1992 and won the NIKE Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic on the Nike Tour in 1993. He joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and won a minimum of one tournament between 1998 to 2003. His biggest major win was at the U.S. Open in 2003 which was also his first major championship.

Furyk remained three months out of playing due to cartilage damage in his wrist and participated in just fourteen events that season. Jim Furyk again regained his form in 2005 winning a single tournament and later went on to win two tournaments in 2006. In 2010 he had his most successful season winning three tournaments with wins at Transitions Championship, the Verizon Heritage, and the season-ending Tour Championship. His accomplishments awarded him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year for the first time.

Jim Furyk led theled by one stroke going into the final day over Jason Dufner at PGA Championship in 2013 but eventually lost the lead to finish runners up. In 2014 also he after 54-hole at the RBC Canadian Open but nearest competitor Tim Clark produced five birdies in his last eight holes to claim the title. He remained at the top-10 ranking for over 360 weeks between 1999 and 2014.

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