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Good news for McIlroy then. It seems he prefers to do other things than play golf these days so he'll be able to have another few weeks off!
@37 Don247:Dustin vs John final for me.I think Ross's performance this week has got him in the field for Augusta.He's played well there before when he regularly got in the field.
@36Indeed, Ross has done it ... with a 4&3 win over Gerry Lester Jnr. (Who would have bet their bottom dollar on that result?) Poor ol' boy (cry-me-a-river) Bubba must have "hit the wall" due to his sugar-free diet (... which doesn't auger well for the hilly terrain at Augusta).Plus, "Phil the Thrill" is giving everyone a real thrill down Austin, Texas, way. FIGJAM reappraisal anyone?
Gerry showing some form? I hope he doesn't cry, win or lose!Hopefully Ross - who has really improved of late, can do it.
@Don247: His book has had mixed reviews. However, I do wish he'd open up a bit more. Bamburger's review was good.FWIW, Eldrick has got the right. That's why he can say 'Jack'.... he's in that league!
@33 "Inconsequential" in the sense that my focus was more on the golf and those taking part in Austin not on the presentation of a "ghost-written book" in NY, mostly of interest to you committed TW fans.FYI, of the 42 holes FIGJAMier's played in the first three rounds, he's led after 41 of those holes; so maybe PM's not so jammy after all.Anyway Ross Fisher's through and now faces Gerry.
@31 Don247:Yes, but Winkler is incredibly FIGJAM-ier lately!PS: I don't see that book as "inconsequential"....I haven't read it. Point is, it is still the biggest margin of victory at Augusta, and that was in his first try as a pro!
The latest "words of wisdom" from the "golfing brainbox" that is Rory McIlroy are just in:"I feel like I’ve worked a lot on my short game. If anything, I feel like that part of my game is as sharp as it has been ever going into Augusta so that’s a good thing. ... Mentally going in there and not being drained is a good thing as well.”Good luck then, on Augusta's infamously tricky greens.
@30 I agree. TW would have stuck it in close and nailed the putt!Hopefully, you've also noted that while the "oldest 41-year-old in golf" was busy signing autographs at some inconsequential book launch in NY, FIGJAM (now 46 years old) was advancing majestically (with that loping gait of his, big smile on his face) to the quarterfinals in Austin with three fresh scalps hanging from his belt.
@27 Don247: My boy would never of done that! Ah well, nice to see him get out of bed and go and sign his book..... Oh, and win a 'putting competition.'
@28 amiller36: I agree, 36-holes for every match until at least the semi-final stage. This group thing has a bit of a flaw to it.
The event should be straight knock-out over 36 holes which would eliminate luck in most matches! Fewer players should qualify to participate!
@26McIlroy's "obscene/horrendous" last-hole bogey at the Arnold Palmer Invitational just highlights your point and his main failings, i.e. he launches a booming drive to Position A, hits a poor 9-iron approach to 35 feet, raps it 5 feet past on firm, fast greens, misses the return and turns a possible 'W' into an ignominious defeat. Such ineptitude "doesn't leave a great taste in my mouth".
24. Posted by BantamBen.Hmm - I actually think RM puts so much pressure on his putting because his approach play is not as good as his rankings. Look this guy is probably the best driver of a golf ball. However, with so many short second shots he does not get it close enough for my liking and I truly think that is his demise. You will struggle to putt if your birdies are all from 15 - 20 feet.
.Is McIlroy the most overrated golfer of all time?Golf clearly is going to pieces without Tiger.
@22 willie : It depends on the level of form prior to the tournament and Mcilroy has stated he is surprised how well he is hitting the ball after his injury so his game is ok. If he putts well he will be very close to winning it. The other problem if your putting is below average is that it makes you try to hit it too close and take on too much. Mcilroy needs a chat with Nicklaus prior to play.
13. Posted by AustereTiger - Agree , more and more golf fans are starting to wake up and understand that RM is a loudmouth upstart. His comments on Muirfield were stupid, If he feels that strongly about the members and the club then BOYCOTT playing there course Rory. Will he - Will he heck there is a major and a shed load of money at stake..
17. Posted by BantamBen Sorry for my speeling mistake..! as you take great pleasure in pointing ouuut..Of course RM is bothered, he really wanted to win this - If he is not then he should not have entered.He really needs to show some form for the Masters 'the one he wants to win' I personally think he has a much change as Tiger which is ZERO.BBC - Speel check pleeease
@20 maddy : I watched Clarke closely ( no ropes ) through 36 holes of Open Championship Qualifying at Sunningdale in 2010. He is/was one of the best ball strikers I have seen and would put him way ahead ability wise of some Open Champions, Hamilton,Curtis for example.
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