Posted October 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
Rory McIlroy sounded a warning to his rivals in his BMW Masters title defense with a flashy 7-under-par 65 on day two Friday. McIlroy notched seven birdies to be at 12 under for the tournament, two strokes behind Ryder Cup teammate Peter Hanson of Sweden, who shot an 8-under 64 to move to 14 under. Hanson's countryman Robert Karlsson carded 64 to lie third, five strokes off the pace at Lake Malaren. Another stroke back was a group of four including Ireland's Shane Lowry (64), Justin Rose (68), Sweden's Alexander Noren (68), and first-round leader Welshman Jamie Donaldson (74). McIlroy's fifth round of 65 this season was capped by three birdies in succession from the 13th hole. ''When I did need to make a par here or there, I was able to save those, and I'm in a great position going into the weekend,'' he said. McIlroy hasn't won a regular European Tour event since last year's Hong Kong Open. Of his four wins this year, all in America...

Hanson takes 1-shot lead over McIlroy

Peter Hanson shot a 2-under 70 to lead Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by one stroke after the third round of the inaugural BMW Masters on Saturday. Hanson, who won the KLM Open last month, was at 15-under 200 at the Lake Malaren Course. He's wary of McIlroy, who shot a 69. ''I feel myself very lucky to be in this position and hopefully I can stay ahead of him because...

Sweden's Hanson wins Shanghai title

Sweden's Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters on Sunday for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by a stroke. Hanson finished at 21-under 267 on The Masters Course at Lake Malaren and earned $1,166,600 in the European Tour's richest regular event. He won the KLM Open last month in the Netherlands and...

Spondo to stream Woods/McIlroy Showdown of the Century

Stuck in America and longing to watch Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the Showdown of the Century?  Spondo has you covered. Australian-based Spondo is a start-up company that provides a proprietary platform that allows people to publish and syndicate their content across various digital networks.  Spondo and its distribution partner will stream the one-day golf event...

Donaldson sets course record with 62

Jamie Donaldson of Wales set a course record of 10-under par 62 on the opening day of the BMW Masters on Thursday. Donaldson produced two bogey-free nines of 31 at Lake Malaren, putting just 24 times to break the record of 63 set by Noh Seung-yul of South Korea last year. The Welshman earned a four-stroke lead over a field including four of the world's top five players. The...

McDowell calls on IOC to settle Oly country debate

North Ireland's Graeme McDowell says the International Olympic Committee should step in to resolve the growing debate over whether he and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy should represent Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics. McIlroy in particular has found himself drawn into the controversy as to which nation he should compete for when golf returns to the Olympic program at Rio...
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