Found November 24, 2012 on
No, it wasn’t Tiger Woods playing another 18 holes on one leg to win a major. But Rory McIlroy did have a health concern of his own in his most recent tournament, making it the rare instance in golf where a player has to fight through pain to compete in his sport.
McIlroy was reportedly dealing with sunstroke Friday during the second round of the DP World Tour Championship when he shot a 5-under 67. He is now in a three-way tie for the lead going into the weekend.
“I had a bit of a sore head last night,” he said Friday.
McIlroy said he thought the change in location — he was playing in the Dubai desert — may have had something to do with him suddenly feeling flush.
“I guess it’s just us Irish and the skin not used to this sort of sun,” he said. “I didn’t feel great last night but was much better this morning and felt almost 100 percent out there on the course.”
It looks like no one has to worry about McIlroy being a fair-weather golfer.
BEST OF MAXIM
Nike has made Rory McIlroy an offer he can’t refuse, and the world’s No. 1 golfer is reportedly going to announce that he has accepted it in the coming weeks. In addition to guaranteeing him $250 million in the coming years, the endorsement deal will also make McIlroy the next Tiger Woods — the face of golf. But will it affect his play? Nick Faldo is concerned that McIlroy...
Rory McIlroy is right where he belongs -- in a league of his own.
That's the way it has always been.
McIlroy concluded his 2012 season Sunday at Dubai with a victory in the European Tour finale. He is the top-ranked player in the world and the reigning money champion on both the Euro and PGA tours.
I first saw McIlroy play in the 2003 British Boys Championship at Royal Liverpool...
Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.
The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to finish at 6-under 66 for a total 23-under 265 at the season...
Rory McIlroy moved to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-under 67 Friday in the second round of the Dubai World Championship.
The top-ranked golfer, who missed several makeable putts on the front nine and then saw an eagle putt roll past the hole on 14, tied Luke Donald (68) and Marc Warren (67) at 11-under 133.
''I continued driving the ball well today and gave myself...
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th to join Luke Donald at the top of the leaderboard and three shots clear of the star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship on Saturday.
The two-time major champion, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several...
What an end to the European Tour season. Chief executive George O'Grady couldn't have asked for anything better than the world and European No. 1 player Rory McIlroy signing off the season by winning the DP World Tour Championship.
McIlroy fired a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to clear the hard-charging Justin Rose (a 10-under 62 to finish) by two shots.
Here are Five Things...
Just when top-ranked Rory McIlroy thought he had avoided the tough questions about his first round in Dubai, his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki turned up at the news conference.
She waited her turn at the back of the room on Thursday before pouncing. She first asked about the support the PGA Championship winner had received - hoping for a compliment - before demanding to know what...
Stephen Gallacher shot a hole-in-one Sunday to find himself on the leaderboard at the Dubai World Championship.
The 103rd ranked Scotsman, tied for 26th after the third round, got off to a blazing start in his bid for a first European Tour win this season with three birdies on his first three holes.
Then, he sank his ace on the par-3, 4th, hitting a five iron 214 yards to the hole...