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Rory McIlroy solid start in Texas Open 2013

He's not out of the woods yet! McIlroy fails to hit top form but posts solid start in Texas in his final preparation ahead of The Masters

, including a
second major at the US PGA Championship.

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Lost ball: Rory McIlroy, looking in the woods for a wayward shot, has had just one top-10 finish in 2013

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

Back in form McIlroy hits his second shot on the 14th in the first round of the Valero Texas Open today

But with caddie JP Fitzgerald advising him that he needed more competitive rounds under his belt, McIlroy travelled to San Antonio and carded an opening level-par 72 to lie five shots behind Matt Bettencourt, who carded a 67 to overtake long-time clubhouse leaders Padraig Harrington and Billy Horschel.

Starting from the 10th on the difficult Oaks Course – the fourth most difficult on the PGA Tour last year – McIlroy opened with four pars before picking up a birdie on the par-five 14th and another on the short par-four 17th.

However, a bogey on the 18th after finding the water was the first of three in succession which dropped him back to one over par, not what the world No 2 was looking for after speaking of the need to cut out 'silly mistakes' in his rounds.

The 23-year-old stopped the rot with pars at the third and fourth and then birdied the next two holes after pitching to five feet each time, but carded his fourth bogey of the day on the ninth.

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

Comeback: McIlroy, chipping onto the 18th green, took part in the Texas Open in a bid to reverse his poor form

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The PGA Tour is back in San Antonio this week for the Texas Open, where Rory McIlroy will be hoping to fine-tune his game ahead of the Masters.

Ben Curtis took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

Three-time major winner Harrington had
also bogeyed his final hole, the 18th; the only blemish on his card
caused by three putts from 35ft.

The 41-year-old won the Open Championship in 2007, successfully defended
it the following year and then won the US PGA Championship a few weeks
later, but has not tasted victory on one of the major tours since – his
last win came on the Asian Tour in 2010.

Harrington admitted he had enjoyed his fair share of good luck in cold
and blustery conditions, with his only bogey caused by three-putting the
18th.

'It was cold and that really does affect the ball,' the Dubliner told
reporters. 'I didn't have a great ball-striking round but my misses were
either in the right places or I got slightly fortunate and then got up
and down.

'I'm not walking away from this round thinking “wow, I hit a number of
pure golf shots”, or anything like that. It was more mental fortitude
than ball striking.

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

Right alongside: McIlroy's playing partner, 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, went round in one under par

'This morning, early on, it was a battle of survival. Last week back in
Ireland it was snowing and I didn't feel this cold. There was a feeling
of “let's just hang in there and stay in the tournament”. Sometimes that
lets you play a little bit more within yourself.'

Anyone winning this week will have to defy the odds if they want to also claim a Green Jacket at the Masters, however.

Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on
to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988
and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006.

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Getting to grips: McIlroy, teeing off at the second hole today, needed to get used to his new Nike equipment

Rory McIlroy can break Jack Nicklaus record before Tiger Woods, says Greg Norman

Rory stands a better chance than Tiger of breaking Nicklaus' record, says Norman

PUBLISHED:

12:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 12 December 2012

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Former world No 1 Greg Norman believes Rory McIlroy is more likely to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships than Tiger Woods.

Woods claimed his 14th major at the 2008 US Open in a dramatic 19-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate, but has not won one since after seeing his career set back by the sex scandal which led to the breakdown of his marriage.

And Norman, speaking on the eve of the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum, would like to see McIlroy – who has two majors to his name – be the man to surpass Nicklaus instead.

Glory boy: Rory McIlroy celebrated his second major success by winning the PGA Championship earlier this year

Glory boy: Rory McIlroy celebrated his second major success by winning the PGA Championship earlier this year

'I don’t think so, no,' Norman said when asked if Woods was capable of winning the five majors he requires to pass Nicklaus.

'Every year that passes by that he hasn’t won a major it just gets that much harder to win a major.

'I don’t care how many you have won, it just becomes more and more difficult He might win one or two more but I don’t think he will win the four or five more that he needs to win to break the record.'

Legend: Jack Nicklaus has won the most majors in the history of golf, with 18 to his name

Legend: Jack Nicklaus has won the most majors in the history of golf, with 18 to his name

Waiting game: Woods won his last major - and 14th - at the US Open in 2008 when he defeat Rocco Mediate in a sudden death play-off at Torrey Pines

Waiting game: Woods won his last major – and 14th – at the US Open in 2008 when he defeat Rocco Mediate in a sudden death play-off at Torrey Pines

McIlroy won the US Open in 2011 and this year’s US PGA Championship and Norman says the sky is the limit for the talented 23-year-old.

'I think if anybody can break Nicklaus’ record I think he could, because he is young, he is ahead of the game, he is ahead of the curve on a lot of things and he has a very balanced life across the board,' Norman said.

'So I will keep my fingers crossed for him because I would love to see that happen. Somebody will do it one day and it could be Rory.

All smiles: Greg Norman has backed McIlroy to continue his success in 2013

All smiles: Greg Norman has backed McIlroy to continue his success in 2013

'I am a big fan of Rory’s, he can be as big as he wants to be.'

Norman was bullish about his chances at this week’s PGA Championship but conceded golf is low down on his list of priorities these days.

Asked his goal for the week, Norman quipped, ‘to do a Peter Senior’, referring to the 53-year-old’s victory at last week’s Australian Open.

David Toms likely to be next US Ryder Cup captain

Toms widely touted to succeed Love and lead US Ryder Cup team

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 11 December 2012

The United States unveil their next Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday with David Toms tipped to get the job.

The 2014 match is at Gleneagles and Europe's captain – almost certainly either Darren Clarke or Paul McGinley – is expected to be named next month.

Toms was not an assistant to previous captain Davis Love III this year, but that may be a point in his favour as the US threw away a 10-4 lead.

Tipped: David Toms has been touted as Davis Love III's successor

Tipped: David Toms has been touted as Davis Love III's successor

'It's one of the highest honours in golf,' the 45-year-old Toms said. 'To captain a US team and somehow get a victory, would be one of the highlights of my career – if not the highlight.'

Toms lost only one of his five games on his Ryder Cup debut at The Belfry in 2002, but scored only one point two years later and did not win a game in 2006.

Jeff Sluman, Scott Verplank, Mike Hulbert and Fred Couples served as vice-captains three months ago, but although Couples would be a hugely popular choice, he is the current Presidents Cup captain.

Meanwhile, the Australian PGA Championship will leave Queensland next year after the Coolum resort put adverts and a replica dinosaur on the course.

The 2012 event starts this week with an eight-metrehigh dinosaur between the ninth and 10th holes.

McGladrey Classic: Live leaderboard

McGladrey Classic leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

The PGA Tour is at Sea Island this week for the McGladrey Classic.

Ben Crane took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Classic performance: Ben Crane with the trophy for the McGladrey last year

Classic performance: Ben Crane with the trophy for the McGladrey last year

BMW Championship: Live leaderboard

BMW Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is at Crooked Stick in Indiana this week for the BMW Championship.

Justin Rose took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Prize guy: Justin Rose was the BMW Championship winner in 2011

Prize guy: Justin Rose was the BMW Championship winner in 2011

Ryder Cup 2012: Martin Kaymer surprised at Brandt Snedeker selection

Kaymer surprised at Snedeker Ryder Cup selection with Mahan and Fowler snubbed

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19:46 GMT, 4 September 2012

European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer expressed surprise at the American selection of rookie Brandt Snedeker ahead of Rickie Fowler or Hunter Mahan for the event later this month.

US captain Davis Love III chose Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Snedeker as picks Tuesday to join the eight automatic qualifiers in his 12-man team for the Ryder Cup from September 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago.

'I expected Dustin and Stricker but also thought Rickie had a good chance because he made a really good impression in Wales two years ago,' Kaymer said of Fowler's 2010 performance in earning a half point as the first PGA Tour rookie to be picked.

Selected: Brandt Snedeker has been called up

Selected: Brandt Snedeker has been called up

'So I thought Rickie would be a strong chance of getting a pick, but then (Jim) Furyk is a good pick because of his experience and he's a guy who has been there many, many times.

'It was a tough decision between Snedeker, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. You could have put those three names in a hat and pick any one of them. It's tough to say who deserved it more as Snedeker will be a rookie, but then Rickie and Hunter have the experience of having played in 2010.'

Kaymer is preparing for the KLM Open, at which he will be play the opening two rounds with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium.

The German, who won the 2010 PGA Championship and then two-and-a-half out of possible four points in Wales, is chasing his first title this year.

Surprised: Martin Kaymer said it must have been a tough choice

Surprised: Martin Kaymer said it must have been a tough choice

'Of course the Ryder Cup will sure come up in conversation, but then the three us also will be focused on trying to capture the KLM Open,' said Kaymer, who has 10 European Tour titles.

'I can't remember the last time I played with Jose Maria, but now that I'm in the team I don't feel as though I will be under sort of pressure as such.'

He was feeling anxiety when sitting out the final European qualifying event late last month. If Colsaerts had finished in the top two at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland then he would have unseated Kaymer for the 10th and final automatic position.

'There were two to three guys playing really well up to the Gleneagles event, with Nicolas having the best chance of making the team,' Kaymer said.

'He played really nicely in America, finishing seventh behind Sergio (Garcia) and then also at the Johnnie Walker.

'But I don't think I have ever looked at tournament leaderboards before without even playing. I was following what Nicolas was doing at Gleneagles almost every hole to see how he was performing. But in the end we both made it and we can be both happy.'

Wyndham Championship: Live leaderboard

Wyndham Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is in Greensboro, North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship.

Webb Simpson took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Prize guy: Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship in 2011

Prize guy: Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship in 2011

US PGA Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy on top as Tiger Woods blown off course

McIlroy joins Singh on top as Woods blown off course at storm-hit Kiawah Island

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 11 August 2012

Rory McIlroy can add to the wave of
sporting euphoria sweeping the nation after upstaging Tiger Woods early
in the third round of the US PGA Championship.

The Northern Irishman shrugged off a
difficult summer with a spectacular front nine featuring not only his
trademark brilliance but also some remarkable feats of escapology.

On the charge: Rory McIlroy

On the charge: Rory McIlroy

The disappointment for McIlroy came when his terrific outward half of 32 shots – joint third-round leader Woods needed three more strokes simply to complete seven holes – was interrupted when play was suspended owing to an approaching thunderstorm.

At that point, McIlroy had moved into a tie for the lead with the remarkable veteran Vijay Singh, one ahead of another making a forward move, Australian Adam Scott, who is doing a wonderful job of getting over his Open meltdown.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell were four off the lead while Padraig Harrington and little-known Englishman David Lynn finished with rounds of 69 and 68 to be five off the pace.

Woods was on the same one under mark after a hopeless seven holes and was glad of nature's interruption. He has still to play an under-par round at the weekend of a major this season.

Few things in golf compare with McIlroy in full flow and he showed it all during a wonderful front nine featuring five birdies and an amazing par at the third.

Struggle: Tiger Woods

Struggle: Tiger Woods

The 23-year-old made the perfect start with birdies at the opening two holes but his tee shot at the par-four next, which appeared destined to leave him with an easy chip to the green, struck the limb of a dead tree and embedded itself.

There followed an anxious few moments as McIlroy looked for the ball until television replays relayed to him showed his tee shot had finished in the tree.

McIlroy identified the ball as his, took a drop under penalty, pitched up to six feet and holed the putt for an amazing par.

Another escape followed at the next before a couple of fabulous iron shots set up birdies at the fifth and eighth. With another birdie at the seventh, McIlroy had established a two-shot lead before running up his first bogey at the ninth.

With Singh holing a 45-foot putt on the seventh, the pair were level.

There's an awfully long way to go but, if McIlroy were to follow up last year's US Open victory and win, he would move ahead of Woods in terms of majors won at the same age.

Lynn has been plying his trade in Europe for 14 years without anyone outside the sport noticing, and moved stealthily into the world top 100 to get into this event. But all sorts of possibilities have opened up for the 38-year-old from Stoke.

US PGA Championship: Live leaderboard

US PGA Championship leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

It's the year's final major this week with the world's best players battling it out for the US PGA Championship.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island is the venue and Keegan Bradley is the defending champion.

You can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Size matters: Keegan Bradley lifted the massive Wanamaker Trophy in 2011

Size matters: Keegan Bradley lifted the massive Wanamaker Trophy in 2011

The Greenbrier Classic: Live leaderboard

The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

The PGA Tour is at White Sulphur Springs this week for the Greenbrier Classic.

Scott Stallings is the defending champion and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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On the prowl: Tiger Woods in action at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs

On the prowl: Tiger Woods in action at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs