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It's impossible not to like Rory McIlroy, and not just as a golfing prodigy and Masters favorite.
The Irishman entered the interview room Tuesday morning at the Masters, knowing he'd be forced to re-live the worst round of his life in forensic detail, and did so with poise, self-deprecating humor, honesty and a maturity and perspective far beyond his 22 years.
"It wasn't the end of the world. It's only golf. It's not like anyone died out there," he said of last year's final round capitulation.
It's a nice-sounding line but what was more important was that it didn't seem rehearsed. Like everything he says, it comes naturally and you sense that it's what he believes.
McIlroy held a four-shot lead going into last year's final round, only to shoot 80. His dreams of a green jacket came undone firstly with a hooked tee shot on the 10th that led to a triple-bogey, then he three-putted the next for bogey and four-putted the 12th for doub...
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Rory McIlroy grew up wanting to become the next Tiger Woods.
But what the precocious young Irishman does this week at the year's first major, the Masters, will go a long way to revealing whether he's to be the next Tiger, or the next Shark.
As in Greg Norman, who, as McIlroy infamously did last April, imploded with the coveted green jacket beckoning and never really recovered...
August National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne avoided questions about women joining the club.
The Masters tees off tomorrow, with all eyes sure to be on Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson, the three favorites heading into this year’s event.
Sports fans and CBS executives everywhere are salivating at the thought of those three, or at least two of them, being in contention atop the leaderboard on Sunday.
The infographic below provides some unique historical nuggets...
Conventional wisdom has it that big hitters who also can putt have the best chance to win the Masters.
The oddsmakers apparently have bought into that hypothesis, making Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson the favorites for the first major of the year, which starts Thursday at Augusta National.
Woods has earned four Green Jackets, Mickelson three, and the 22-year-old McIlroy...
This could be old news to everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. Apparently they keep it old school at Augusta National — even during the year’s most celebrated golf event. Perhaps the food and beer prices at the Masters are so stunning to me because I attended the Deutsche Bank Championship over the summer and some of the prices were worse than Fenway Park....