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MASTERS 2012: Caroline Wozniacki caddying for Rory McIlroy at the Par-3 Contest

Wozniacki caddying for Rory, kids putting… it can only be The Masters' Par-3 Contest! (But don't go and win it… you'll be cursed)

Padraig Harrington, Jonathan , carries his son Ciaran down the first fairway last year

Can you guess what his name is Davis Love III putts watched by his son Davis Love IV in 1999

Can you guess what his name is Davis Love III putts watched by his son Davis Love IV in 1999

Aaron Baddeley with his daughter Jolee last year

Open wide: Australian Aaron Baddeley with his daughter Jolee last year

Happy family: Louis Oosthuizen and his wife Nel-Mare and daughter Jana pose for a photo two years ago

Happy family: Louis Oosthuizen and his wife Nel-Mare and daughter Jana pose for a photo two years ago

Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Rory McIlroy says he can win with any club

World No 1 McIlroy dismisses Faldo's fear, saying: I can win with any club

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22:37 GMT, 20 November 2012

Rory McIlroy laughed in the face of danger; well, he did if you believe Sir Nick Faldo’s opinion that ditching his Titleist clubs is a ‘dangerous’ move.

Here at the season-ending Dubai World Championship, which marks the first time all the winning Ryder Cup team have been in the same place since Medinah, McIlroy will have a last outing with the only brand he has used since he was a teenager.

Speaking for the first time about his impending switch to Nike, the 23-year-old feels sure that there will be no teething problems.

Out in front: Rory McIlroy will end the year as World No 1

Out in front: Rory McIlroy will end the year as World No 1

Play with any club: McIlroy has opted to ditch Titleist clubs in favour of Nike

Play with any club: McIlroy has opted to ditch Titleist clubs in favour of Nike

He breezily dismissed Faldo’s belief it will take time to adjust. Six-time major champ Sir Nick had said: ‘I’d call it a dangerous move because we get a split-second with the ball on the club and you get used to how a ball feels and sounds.’

Final event: McIlroy is playing in the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Final event: McIlroy is playing in the pro-am event prior to the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates

Not so, countered Rory. ‘I think all of the manufacturers make great equipment these days and it is all very similar. A lot of the manufacturers get their clubs made at the same factories.’

With the Race to Dubai wrapped up alongside the American money list and a record-breaking win at the US PGA, McIlroy has had a ‘phenomenal’ year.

‘The highlight was, of course, winning my second major,’ he said. ‘Up to then, it had been a good year but nothing more than that —when you win a major, it changes everything.

The biggest disappointment was the stretch in the middle where I did not play so well and missed the cut in two big tournaments in the PGA at Wentworth and my defence of the US Open.

‘As for my best shot, I will go for my final putt at the PGA at Kiawah to seal the record win. It summed up how the week had gone, and it is a putt I will think about for a long time.’

McIlroy ends the year with almost the same demands on his time as Tiger Woods had when he was in his prime. He knows he will have to be selfish and say no a lot more than he says yes.

He began so yesterday with a none-too-subtle rebuke to Arnold Palmer, of all people. The King joked recently he would break McIlroy’s arm if he gave the Arnold Palmer Invitational a miss next March.

‘My first thought when I read it was that I’d have to play the Masters next year with one arm,’ said McIlroy.

Perhaps his best answer came when he was asked what motivates him now he is, by a long way, the world’s best golfer.

‘Winning, and trying to become the best golfer I can be,’ he said. ‘Trying to win majors. Those are the really big things for me — winning tournaments and trying to win as many majors as possible. That is the benchmark.’

Hong Kong Open: Live leaderboard

Hong Kong Open leaderboard: Keep up with the latest scores

UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 14 November 2012

Rory McIlroy is at Fanling for the defence of his Hong Kong Open title.

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

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

Star names: (l-r) Rory Mcilroy, Paul Lawrie and Matt Kuchar are in Hong Kong

Star names: (l-r) Rory Mcilroy, Paul Lawrie and Matt Kuchar are in Hong Kong

Singapore Open: Live leaderboard

Singapore Open leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 7 November 2012

The European Tour is at the Sentosa Golf Club this week for the Singapore Open.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

World No 1: Rory McIlroy is teeing it up at the Singapore Open

World No 1: Rory McIlroy is teeing it up at the Singapore Open

Rory McIlroy Nike deal cleared to go after Titleist refuse to offer new contract

Rory's 156m deal with Nike cleared to go as Titleist admit they won't renew contract

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22:00 GMT, 30 October 2012

Rory McIlroy's long-mooted switch to Nike moved a step closer when his current club manufacturer Titleist said they would not be renewing his contract.

All the signs are that the 23-year-old world No 1 will now become the new poster boy for a Nike brand keen to improve their image following the Lance Armstrong scandal. McIlroy is expected to sign a 10-year contract that could earn him 156million.

Not everyone is convinced he has made the right move, ditching the only clubs he has used since he was a teenager.

Posterboys: Rory McIlroy (right) looks set to join Tiger Woods (left) at Nike

Posterboys: Rory McIlroy (right) looks set to join Tiger Woods (left) at Nike

‘I’d call it dangerous,’ said six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo. ‘Every manufacturer will tell you we can copy your clubs and tweak the golf ball so it fits you. But there is a feel and sound as well, and there’s confidence.

‘It is easy to go off and do this and it messes you up because it just doesn’t feel quite the same.’

Meanwhile, the prestigious HSBC Championship starts on Thursday in Shenzhen, China, without McIlory and world No 2 Tiger Woods, who played an 18-hole exhibition match just 750 miles away on Monday.

Seven of the world’s top 10 will battle for a 4.3m prize fund, but Giles Morgan, HSBC’s world head of sponsorship, warned that without all the top players available, golf sponsorship will suffer.

Grand Slam of Golf: Live leaderboard

PGA Grand Slam of Golf leaderboard: Keep up to date with the latest scores

A midweek treat for fans is the PGA Grand Slam of Golf with four of the world's top players battling it out over two days in Bermuda.

The event is open to the year's four major winners but Bubba Watson (Masters) and Webb Simpson (US Open) are the only two taking part.

Open champion Ernie Els is injured and Rory McIlroy – the US PGA winner – is defending his BMW Masters title in Shanghai.

Keegan Bradley and Padraig Harrington have stepped in and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Big winner: Keegan Bradley won the Grand Slam of Golf last year

Big winner: Keegan Bradley won the Grand Slam of Golf last year

Tour Championship by Coca-Cola leaderboard: Live scores

LIVE: Tour Championship – keep updated with the latest scores

With just a week to go until the Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and co go head-to-head at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta with the Tour Championship up for grabs.

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

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In it to win it: American Bill Haas was victorious at the Tour Championship last year

In it to win it: American Bill Haas was victorious at the Tour Championship last year

Tiger Woods gives Rory McIlroy The Intimidator nickname

Big Easy, Golden Bear and Great White Shark, now there's… The Intimidator (aka McIlroy)

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15:18 GMT, 19 September 2012

Rory McIlroy has dismissed the idea that he fills Tiger Woods with fear, even though Woods, tongue firmly in cheek, has started calling him 'The Intimidator'.

On the eve of their latest clash – one with a 7million jackpot at the end of it – McIlroy simply laughed when asked about comments by Greg Norman.

Australia's former world number one sparked a debate heading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta by offering the opinion that Woods now realises he is not the best player in golf any more.

The Intimidator McIlroy has laughed-off his new title

The Intimidator McIlroy has laughed-off his new title

'What I'm seeing is that Tiger's really intimidated by Rory,' Norman said in an interview with the foxsports.com website. 'I think he knows his time is up.'

Asked for his reaction, current number one McIlroy, winner of three of his last four events, said: 'No, how can I intimidate Tiger Woods

'I mean, the guy's got 70-whatever PGA Tour wins, 14 majors – he's been the biggest thing ever in our sport.

'How could some little 23-year-old from Northern Ireland with a few wins come up and intimidate him It's just not possible. I don't know where he (Norman) got that from, but it's not true.'

Easy, Tiger: Woods has given rival McIlroy the new name

Easy, Tiger: Woods has given rival McIlroy the new name

McIlroy does not think he has ever been intimidated by Woods either, though.

'I don't think intimidated is the right word – more just in awe of his achievements, but never intimidated.'

The Tour Championship is the last leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs and McIlroy and Woods are paired together again because they are first and second in the points standings.

Tiger Woods could rewrite Rory McIlroy"s story – WORLD OF GOLF

Derek Lawrenson: Now Tiger has the chance to rewrite McIlroy's story

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21:30 GMT, 10 September 2012

What a good idea for Rory McIlroy to spend some time with the New York Knicks basketball team this week. He could do with someone to look up to, couldn’t he

Right now, from the dizzy heights of the summit of the world rankings, he has to look down quite a way before he comes to the No 2, Tiger Woods.

From No 1 to fifth-placed Adam Scott might not sound much but the reality is that McIlroy has amassed more than twice the points average managed by the Australian.

Top two: Tiger Woods may be second to Rory McIlroy, but the gap is a big one

Top two: Tiger Woods may be second to Rory McIlroy, but the gap is a big one

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The really frightening thing for everyone
else, of course, is McIlroy’s age. You have to go all the way down to
55th place in the world rankings and 22-year-old American Bud Cauley
before you come to someone younger than McIlroy.

It is mind-boggling to think that at 23
he now has the same number of wins in America as someone as good as Sir
Nick Faldo mustered in his entire career. Indeed, with four US Tour wins
and two majors, McIlroy has already enjoyed a stellar career and yet he
has still got virtually all his prime time in front of him.

As for Tiger, this is the first time he and Rory have occupied the top two positions at the same time.

The worry is that their rivalry is in danger of becoming the sort Tiger used to enjoy with Phil Mickelson – in other words, not much of a rivalry at all given that one man is clearly better than the other.

However, it will be interesting to see what happens at the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week on a course more suited to Woods than McIlroy.

‘Rory’s putting on quite a show, isn’t he’ said Tiger graciously on Sunday and he is right. The past month has been like watching Woods at his best.

On three courses tailor-made to his gifts, Rory has taken full advantage, as Woods used to on courses that favoured him like Bay Hill, Firestone and Torrey Pines.

At the BMW Championship on Sunday, McIlroy won by two from Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, with Tiger tied fourth. As quality opposition goes, it really doesn’t get any better than that.

Man in form: McIlroy is fulfilling the promise of his youth and is the man to beat on the tour

Man in form: McIlroy is fulfilling the promise of his youth and is the man to beat on the tour

So to the next test in Rory’s education. East Lake next week is one of those courses where he will have to rein in his naturally aggressive instincts. It is a place where Tiger has enjoyed plenty of success.

No handing out the $10million FedEx play-off bonus just yet, then. We will savour the brilliance of McIlroy’s three wins in 30 days but temper it with a note of caution. Let’s see what Tiger has to say next week.

St Andrews snubbed

No Rory McIlroy, no Luke Donald and no Graeme McDowell. All three added a certain lustre to the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews last year, but the trio will be missing, along with Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, when the event is staged the week after the Ryder Cup.

No fewer than six tournaments have been lost on the European Tour this season and while the wretched euro economy bears much of the blame, the difficulties of attracting the world’s best players to compete must also have become a factor.

Not up for this cup: There will be no Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald or Graeme McDowell at the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews the week after the Ryder Cup

Not up for this cup: There will be no Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald or Graeme McDowell at the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews the week after the Ryder Cup

Imagine what this loyal sponsor must be thinking, for example, after putting up another huge prize fund and finding so many of the marquee names are taking the week off.

Europe winning the Ryder Cup would be a cause for great celebration but, with Lee Westwood likely to be the only glamour name on view, the toast at the Home of Golf might well be to absent friends.

Handy: Phil Mickelson

Handy: Phil Mickelson

Bat and golf ball

Being allowed a sneak peek in the players’ lounge during a rain delay at the BMW last Thursday was a real treat, as a couple of pros considered good table-tennis players got to compete against America’s No 1, Timothy Wang.

Watching him take on the best shots of the right-handed Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, before politely swatting them away with spin and guile, reminded me of an evening out earlier this year with Matthew Syed, who competed for Britain in two Olympics at table tennis and is now a sportswriter.

He was waxing lyrical about the table tennis skills of the Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, who practises a lot at home. When he’d finished handing out the compliments, I asked Syed: ‘And how many points would he get against you if you were trying’ ‘Oh, none,’ he replied.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

'Two years ago, there was a bit of big brothering going on, but that will not be the case at Medinah. Not by any stretch of the imagination.'

Graeme McDowell, 33, with characteristic humour and eloquence, describes the changing nature of his Ryder Cup partnership with his boyish Northern Ireland countryman Rory McIlroy, 23.