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McIlroy set to snub PGA Tour

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Speculation from a number of sources yesterday had 20-year-old phenom Rory McIlroy playing full-time on the PGA Tour next year. It now appears if those rumours were premature. The youngster from Northern Ireland confirmed to Sky Sports after the second round of the Portugal Masters that he’ll most likely stay on the European Tour for another season.

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he is likely to remained based on the European Tour next season.

There has been speculation that the 20-year-old, who currently leads the Race to Dubai standings, had planned to join America’s PGA Tour next year.

However, McIlroy admitted after his second round at this week’s Portugal Masters in Vilamoura that he is “leaning towards” remaining a European Tour member for at least one more season.

In all honesty, I don’t think this is the right move. You’ve got to beat the best to be the best. However, McIlroy is still young, and from the looks of it he’s still got a long career ahead. Who knows, maybe another year in the friendly confines of Europe will do him good. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

10/16/2009 at 8:55 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy

Road Hole at St. Andrews gets longer

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The 17th hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews will be undergoing some major changes later this year in an effort to get the hole ready for the 2010 British Open. The Royal and Ancient announced earlier today that the course will be adding an additional 35 yards to the hole, stretching it to a beefy 490 yards.

“The 17th was played at the same yardage in 1900 as it was in 2005 and this fueled our belief that the formidable challenge of this iconic hole should be returned for the Open Championship,” Dawson told the BBC. “Over the years, we have seen the threat from the road behind the green, and to a lesser extent the Road Bunker, diminished as players have been hitting shorter irons for their approach shots, allowing them to avoid these hazards more easily. This change will ensure that the hole plays as it was originally intended.”

It’s been more than 100 years since the hole has been lengthened, according to Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A.

Written by Jonathan Wall

10/16/2009 at 8:47 pm

It’s time to axe the Fall Finish from the PGA Tour schedule

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It’s been a while — 2006, to be exact — since we last saw a PGA Tour season that ended in a month that didn’t start with a “D” and end in “ecember.” With the implementation of the Fall Finish to the PGA Tour schedule, there are now only two weeks out of the year (the last week in December and the first in January) where professional golf isn’t played.

Golf has officially become a year-round sport.

With a group of glorified private contractors walking the lush fairways each week, tournaments have to fight tooth-and-nail to land a Woods or a Mickelson in their field. Without one of the other, a tournament becomes a total success or an utter failure in the span of four days.

Have a tournament in the Fall Finish? Good luck getting a player ranked in the top 30 in the World Golf Rankings, let alone Tiger or Phil to play in your event. Last week’s event at Turning Stone Resort didn’t event draw a single player from the top 30.

This week’s Justin Timberlake event at the TPC at Summerlin is probably the only exception to the Fall Finish’s current MO. The event boasts four of the top 30 in the world, including Anthony Kim, who currently ranks eighth. But I think we all know the event draws a great field due to Timberlake’s persona and his ability to get guys to his event. He’s a younger version of Bing Crosby, and that really works to his advantage. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

10/16/2009 at 12:00 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Tiger Woods