Recent Golf News
Twenty-Three Year Old Northern Ireland golf phenom Rory McIlroy is back on U.S. soil, armed and ready to defend his 2011 U.S. Open title. The young golfer won his first major tournament last year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, putting him on the map and ultimately rocketing him up the PGA’s world golf rankings. It was an emotional scene as McIlroy’s father was on hand to watch his son during one of the most important moments of his professional and personal life. McIlroy hopes to repeat his dominance this year at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
The golf scene was buzzing with action across different continents this past weekend and golfers sporting Oakley eyewear were there to capitalize. The Sybase Match Play Championship took place at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ and saw Spaniard Azahara Munoz claim the title over Taiwan’s Candie Kung. Across the pond, on the European Tour, Nicolas Colsaerts topped Graeme McDowell to win the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain.
It only took a couple of weeks from the last time he slipped out of the top spot, but with his stunning performance at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy is ranked number one in the world, once again. McIlroy has been playing a game of tag with friend Luke Donald, jumping back and forth from the top spot in golf’s world rankings. With Donald idle this past weekend, McIlroy set his eyes on the top ranking, needing only a top seven finish at the North Carolina based tournament to ensure he’d reign supreme once more. By losing in a playoff to fellow 23-year-old Rickie Fowler, McIlroy did that and then some. While McIlroy achieved the world number one ranking, the duo made names for themselves, letting the veterans know there is a crop of youngsters that are quickly becoming the players to beat.