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Olazabal Joins McIlroy in the UBS Hong Kong Open

UBS Hong Kong Open 2012
Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, together with his winning Ryder Cup team, will go and play in the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling from November 15 to 18. Vice-captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, World number 1 Rory McIlroy and Paul Laurie will join him in the trip after their group miraculously won the Race to Dubai tournament held in Medinah.

Northern Irishman McIlroy won last year’s UBS Hong Kong Open and is coming back to defend his title. The Europeans were the top scorers in the same event which happened on December, last year. This year’s tournament, which is co-sanctioned by both the European and Asian tours, will give away prize money of $2 million.

American golfer Matt Kuchar is joining the Hong Kong Open for the first time and is anticipated to be a strong competitor in the tournament. He said, “I’m very excited about making my debut at the Hong Kong Open, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the tournament and the city, so I look forward to finding out for myself what all the buzz is about.”

“The strength of the field is impressive and Rory’s record in the tournament is even more impressive, so it’s going to be tough to win my first European Tour title but I’m certainly going to give it my best shot,” Kuchar added.

“It’s a great tournament in a fantastic city, so it’s a fun week on and off the course. My record in the event isn’t quite as good as I would like, but the way I’ve been playing this year I feel very confident of giving a good account of myself,” says Laurie who looks forward going to Hong Kong for the competition.

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Rory and Tiger Lose in Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

The world two highest ranking golfers Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both lost in the opening round of the recently held Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. Matt Kuchar won over McIlroy who hasn’t held a golf club since the Ryder Cup while Woods, on the other hand, lost to 2011 Masters Champion Charl Shwartzel by just a single shot.

World number one McIlroy fell from two-under to five-over after going triple bogey, double bogey, double bogey in the 15th to the 17th holes. The event was a medal match play where the lowest scorer in the strokeplay succeeds with a point. Though Kuchar also had bad shots, he was still able to close out the round with a score of one-under 70 leading by six strokes.

McIlroy, who had not seen the course prior to the match said, “I was playing pretty well until the 15th, then hit a loose tee shot there and was messing about in the trees and making seven. Then I hit it into the hazard on 16 and was just trying to get the round done. I lost a bit of concentration, went a few behind and gave up a bit.”

Woods, however, gave Schwartzel a tough fight after throwing birdies at the 16th and 17th holes but had a hard time in a bunker near the 18th hole where he recorded a bogey five. The game ended with a 69 to 70, in favor of Schwartzel. Woods, McIlroy, Kuchar and Schwartzel comprise the tournament’s Group One. Group Two is composed of Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Lee Westwood and Webb Simpson. Whoever emerges as Group One’s winner will eventually meet the Runner Up of Group Two in the semi-finals and vice versa.

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McIlroy Goes to BMW Masters, Misses Bermuda Grand Slam

Northern Ireland’s world number one Rory McIlroy will miss this year’s Grand Slam of Golf due of a prior commitment with the European Tour’s BMW Masters. The event is set to happen at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China come October this year.

The two prominent golf tournaments have overlapping schedules forcing McIlroy to give up one for the other. The Grand Slam brings together the four winners of the year’s major tournaments to compete for a 36-hole stroke play.

McIlroy who won this year’s USPGA Championship will be replaced by Keegan Bradley who is last year’s Grand Slam winner. This year’s event will be held at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda. The tournament was held in Hawaii from 1991 to 2006 then moved to Bermuda in 2007.

The rest of the elite competitors include Bubba Watson who won the 2012 Masters, Webb Simpson after winning this year’s US Open and Ernie Els who won the recent Open at Lytham. Els is from South Africa while the rest are all from the United States.

McIlroy will also skip the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which is his first absence after going professional. He is joining Tiger Woods for Turkish Airlines World Golf Final scheduled on October 9 to 12 of this year.

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Unavoidable Comparisons between Woods and McIlroy

Hearing the great names of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy of the golf world playing together will not prevent any golf enthusiast from comparing one to the other. This thing is predictable and unavoidable since these two men involved in The Barclays Bethpage Black event are golf’s long-reigning king and its prince.

The 23-year-old Rory and the 36-year-old Tiger both have mutual respects toward each other. Tiger speaks of Rory as, “There are a few guys that I’ve actually grown up playing against that once they get rolling, they get rolling… … … And I think that Rory has that ability, once he gets rolling, he just makes birdie after birdie after birdie — not afraid to keep trying to push it, to try to shoot lower scores.”

While the Rory on the other hand describes the Tiger as, “It really focuses you from the get-go, a pairing like that. I feel every time I’ve played with Tiger, he’s sort of brought the best out of me. I really feel focused and obviously want to play well.”

When Tiger was younger, he has that innate charm to make a complicated golf game look simple. McIlroy is turning out to be the same based on how he performed at the 2011 US Open in the Congressional and another in the recent PGA Championship held at the Kiawah Island.

Though tagged as each other’s rival, both are looking forward to play good golf with each other. One will surely score better than the other but whatever happens, Tiger is Tiger while Rory is Rory.

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