Rory McIlroy to ride in all-star bike race

World number one Rory McIlroy will join NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward and six-time Olympic track champion Allyson Felix in an all-star spin-bike race.

The 31-year-old’s opposition in the men’s race includes fellow golfers Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson.

Tennis players Victoria Azarenka and Monica Puig join Felix in the women’s race.

The winners of the event will be the riders to register the highest power output over the 20-minute session.

Also in the men’s race are NFL Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and US six-time Olympic swim medallist Matt Grevers, while LPGA golfer Morgan Pressel and Olympic champion gymnast Kyla Ross are in the women’s event.

The event is the latest of a series of made-for-television contests that have attempted to fill the gap in the sporting schedules created by the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the weekend, 5.8 millions US cable viewers tuned in to watch golf stars Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson combine with NFL Super Bowl champion quarter-backs Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a charity golf event.

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Lee Westwood, Marc Leishman, Thomas Bjorn guests on The Golf Show

Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn and Marc Leishman are among the guests in another busy episode of The Golf Show, live on Sky Sports.

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The trio are among the guests in a busy hour from 2pm, bringing you the latest news from the golfing world as we edge closer to the PGA Tour re-starting next month.

Westwood gives his reaction to professional golf resuming in the USA and whether his outlook has changed now the American government has relaxed restrictions on athletes travelling, while Leishman shares his concerns about tournaments returning to the schedule.

Wayne “Radar” Riley reveals how he has been keeping busy during the sporting shutdown and gives his verdict on how golf will look in the months ahead, with Golf Channel’s Damon Hack providing the view from the USA and giving his reaction to Sunday’s charity match involving Tiger Woods.

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NFL sta Brady rips trousers after sinking 110 yard fairway shot

A real hole in one! Tom Brady rips his trousers after sinking an incredible 110-yard shot from the fairway while playing in The Match with Phil Mickelson… but he still loses out to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in £8m charity contest

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NFL star Tom Brady showed his talent was not just exclusive to an NFL pitch by holing a 110-yard shot from the fairway.

But despite sinking the ball for an eagle, it appears he may have also picked up a hold in one, albeit not the kind he was looking for.

Having basked in the glory of his efforts, embarrassment soon set in for the legendary quarter-back as he went to collect his ball from the hole and a massive tear appeared in the rear of his trousers.

Tom Brady reveals the split in his trousers after collecting the ball following his eagle shot

In an attempt to cover up the split, Brady donned a set of waterproof pants instead even with the rain having passed on the course. 

However the shot was a welcome boost to Brady’s day after he had initially struggled alongside Phil Mickelson in an £8million charity game against Tiger Woods and Payton Manning.

That hole secured Brady a par score on the front nine at the Medalist Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.  

Tom Brady holed an incredible shot from 110 yards out during a charity game on Sunday

The NFL icon had endured a rough day as he partnered golf legend Phil Mickelson

But the 42-year-old hooked his opening tee shot, mistimed a chip shot and then shanked another tee shot when NBA icon Charles Barkley offered £40,000 should Brady land his shot on the green.  

Golf star Koepka had pledged that he would donate $100,000 (£80,000) to charity if Brady scored par on the first nine holes. 

Shortly after Brady’s amazing shot, the four-time Major champion tweeted: ‘That’s why you’re the’ followed by a goat emoji.

Despite Brady’s efforts, Woods and Manning emerged victorious in the second edition of The Match which raised £16million for charity 

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka hailed Brady as ‘the goat’ following the shot. The American had said he would donate £80,000 if he scored par on the front nine holes




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Tiger Woods trolls Tom Brady in charity match after disastrous tee shot

Tiger Woods showed no mercy to Tom Brady after the NFL legend struggled off the tee in their $10million round for charity.

Despite bad weather, the eagerly anticipated rematch between Woods and Phil Mickelson got underway at the Medalist Golf Club in Florida.

On this occasion, Woods had Peyton Manning on his team while Mickelson teamed up with Tom Brady.

After a nearly 50-minute delay, the four-ball group got going and the team of Woods and Manning went 1 up on the third hole after the 15-time major champion slotted home a birdie.

Brady’s tee shot on the third went left into the rough and the player microphones caught Woods telling Brady wryly: “That’ll be in the fairway… over on seven.”

Brooks Koepka also jumped in on taking shots at Brady tweeting: “I’ll donate 100k through the @bkcharityfund if @TomBrady makes a par on the front 9.”

While on the fourth hole, NBA icon Charles Barkley, who was a celebrity commentator for the match, offered to donate $50,000 to charity if the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback can hit the green.

Needless to say, Brady’s tee shot went left and Barkley replied brutally: “You know Tom, I should’ve just said if you can keep it on the planet.”

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Before the event, Woods and Mickelson, rivals for over 20 years, took turns to take thinly veiled shots at each other.

“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson told Golfweek.

“Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there because he was insistent that this event is played on his home course.

“Despite everyone else wanting to play it elsewhere. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton.

“There will be no excuses. It’s his home course but Tom and I are going to go down there and put it to them, and we’ll make it that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”

“At the end of the day, our team’s going to win, it’s just a matter of how much we’re going to win by,” Woods replied.

“Do we keep it close, do we blow them out … we don’t want to have viewers turn off if we’re 9-up through nine, that’s probably not going to be good.

“So we’ll just be 8-up through nine — something like that.”

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From enemies to friends, how the Tiger-Phil relationship evolved

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Tiger and Phil. Ryder Cup task force supporters. Business partners. Friends. And now … coronavirus pandemic relief trailblazers.

Hal Sutton must be shaking his head. The long-ago U.S. Ryder Cup captain once, in 2004, tried to make Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson partners, with disastrous results that lingered for years.

And far more recently, this union still would have been all but impossible to envision.

Now, for the second time, they have joined forces for a made-for-TV/streaming event that will undoubtedly attract a slew of eyeballs in a world that is still largely without sports.

The Match: Champions for Charity will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at the Medalist in Hobe Sound, Florida, and also includes NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. It is the second iteration of a partnership that began in 2018 when Woods and Mickelson had a Thanksgiving encounter in Las Vegas, with Lefty prevailing in four extra holes to win $9 million.

Now it’s all for charity — although the idea of such a match was in the works well before COVID-19 altered sports across the world.

How did we get here?

As recently as the 2013 Open at Muirfield, the frostiness was all but apparent. When Mickelson captured what likely was his finest victory — an Open win that saw him come from behind by shooting 66 for his fifth major title — Woods was in no mood to give any props.

Woods was in contention that day, too, and couldn’t get what then was another elusive major title. That Mickelson blew by him to snag the Claret Jug was understandably frustrating but came with little in the way of appreciation, Woods noting only that “the course was gettable” and failing to acknowledge one of golf’s greatest triumphs.

At that time, it would have been impossible to envision Phil driving across the freeway in San Diego to meet Tiger for a charity match. Now he’s flying to South Florida to do so?

Nobody ever said they needed to be friends. Or even friendly. Both were striving for the same things, and Woods, 44, became known as someone who was not going to let his rivals get too close. Mickelson, 49, always played nice, often complimenting Woods for what he meant to the game in general and his competitive influence on Phil in particular.

Although Mickelson had a five-year head start as a pro and had won nine times on the PGA Tour by the time Tiger arrived in 1996, it didn’t take long for the younger phenom to catch up.

And, of course, there was that matter of Woods rattling off eight major championships while Mickelson was stuck on zero.

Grudgingly, there was acceptance from Woods, although he never let on much publicly, always trying to keep that edge.

But as Woods’ injury woes mounted, his own mood and temperament softened. And after taking on a role alongside Mickelson in 2014 as part of the U.S. Ryder Cup effort, he later became a vice captain in 2016 when he missed the entire year because of back problems.

“Our relationship turned around 2016 when we were working together for the Ryder Cup,” Mickelson said recently on the Dan Patrick radio show. “He was an assistant captain. We spent a lot of time on the phone. When we worked together for a common goal, it brought us closer.”

It took until the 2018 Masters for the two golf legends to play a practice round together — some 20 years after they had last done so. And then they were grouped together for the first two rounds of the Players Championship, another rarity.

And Woods noted that he appreciated Mickelson reaching out when he was down.

“When I was trying to deal with the nerve [pain] in my back, trying to come back and trying to play and I wasn’t very good, he always texted me some very encouraging words,” Woods said. “On top of that, when you guys all saw how I was chipping so poorly [in 2015], my nerve and my back was not doing very good and I was flinching a lot, he offered numerous times to help. He’s one hell of a competitor and it’s always a challenge to try to beat him.”

Some of their conciliatory words were no doubt due in part to the plan that was being formulated behind the scenes, one that would see them take part in the big-money, pay-per-view match in Las Vegas. That was never expected to be a one-off, hence this week’s charity match in Florida.

Woods is going to partner with Manning and Mickelson takes Brady in a match that will entail nine holes of best ball followed by nine holes of modified alternate shot.

The four players, along with Warner Media, have pledged $10 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, and all four are taking part in the ALL IN Challenge in which they offer a personal experience for auction to raise more money.

Along the way, this will be an opportunity for Manning and Brady to show off their skills in another sport, while Woods and Mickelson can give us a hint as to the states of their games after all this time away.

The winner, in this case, doesn’t matter, but there are some bragging rights at stake, as Mickelson continues to remind Woods.

“Just a very special day and something I’ll always be appreciative of the opportunity, appreciative of the 25-plus-year career that I’ve had, appreciative of what [Woods has done] to propel the sport from where it was when I started to where it is now,” Mickelson said after winning that Las Vegas match. “And it doesn’t take anything away from the career and everything you’ve accomplished. Just gives me just a little bit something extra to bring up the next time I see you.”

And when Mickelson did just that in a Zoom call recently to promote this event, Woods … had his green jacket for winning the 2019 Masters nearby to push it right back.

But Mickelson came back for more.

“I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down,” Mickelson told Golfweek. “Tiger thinks he has a huge advantage playing there because he was insistent that this event is played on his home course. Despite everyone else wanting to play it elsewhere. That’s fine. We’ll take it to him and Peyton.

“There will be no excuses. It’s his home course but Tom and I are going to go down there and put it to them, and we’ll make it that every time Tiger shows up at his home course, he’ll have a bad memory.”

Laughs and smiles all around.

Who would have thought?

Sunday’s match will raise millions of dollars for charity and give us a much-needed live sporting event to watch.

And rest assured, when the coronavirus pandemic has passed, Tiger and Phil will be there again to put forth another event, in some shape or form.

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Rory McIlroy shines as golf makes TV return with Covid-19 charity fundraiser in Florida

Rory McIlroy is golf’s top ambassador at just the time it most needs one.

Not only is he the sport’s best player, he has fast become a lead character and is a figure of ever growing influence.

The 31-year-old from Northern Ireland was the force behind the return of televised golf last Sunday with the TaylorMade Driving Relief event at Seminole in Florida in aid of Covid-19 charities.

McIlroy hit the winning shot in a tie-breaking nearest-the-pin competition, but that was a side issue. He called it an “awesome day” and added: “All of us were out here for a great cause.

“It was nice to get back on the golf course and get back to some sort of normalcy.”

During a patchy event, the world number one’s personality shone through much more than American team-mate Dustin Johnson and opponents Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff.

It was as though McIlroy was the golfer who most appreciated the reasons for players wearing individual microphones.

Not that his chat was particularly earth shattering, but at least he possessed an appreciation that an audience might be listening. Articulating the charitable aspect, he had the words and ease of delivery to do justice to the multi-million dollar relief project.

But not even he could completely carry a shoestring broadcast that marked professional golf’s return to the global airwaves.

With only six cameras and overhead blimp shots, no crowds and a largely unfamiliar skins format, the event often struggled to capture the imagination.

A bewilderingly lopsided interview with film star Bill Murray was amateurish and added nothing, but other aspects did make it a noteworthy occasion.

The Seminole course was a joy, even if modern driving distances seriously compromise the integrity of the stunning layout, designed by Donald Ross.

On another level, it was interesting to see male players in shorts. Would the golfing world lose much if this became a norm in the men’s game?

Players carrying their own bags was another refreshing dimension, although Johnson clearly struggled to get to grips with the apparent complexities of a double shoulder strap.

The former US Open champion also had problems containing his spitting habit and an early on course interview appeared to ride roughshod over two metre social distancing rules.

But at least we were watching some of the best players in the world. Golf is at the forefront of America’s attempts to return to some kind of sporting normality.

Donald Trump is spurring the PGA Tour return next month and it was little surprise to see the US president appear on the coverage. “We want to get sports back, we miss sports,” he told viewers.

Trump gave a typically upbeat assessment for golf, with the PGA Tour due to resume behind closed doors on 11 June, and three majors to follow with the US PGA scheduled for August, US Open in September and a November date at Augusta National.

“When you have the Masters, we want to have big crowds,” Trump told NBC. “And now, right now, that’s not what they’re planning, but you never know what happens. Things can happen very quickly.”

The president added: “We’re getting it back and it’s going to be fast.”

Despite McIlroy’s denunciation of Trump in last week’s McKellar Golf podcast, it remains a fact that the sport remains firmly wedded to America’s commander in chief.

As a result he could also use the broadcast as a vehicle for unchallenged and blatant electioneering. This might appeal to the typically Republican US country club set but perhaps not to the wider audience golf might be trying to attract.

As a sport that can be played and covered with social distancing in place, golf currently has a real chance to shine at all levels.

Remember, this is a game that only last year felt the need to massively alter its global schedule to avoid being overshadowed by the rest of American sport.

Now, as one of the first pursuits to emerge from lockdown it can take the spotlight. But it has already been pointed out that an opportunity was wasted with last Sunday’s event.

English Solheim Cup player Mel Reid took to social media to point out: “Yet again, we show the disparity between men’s and women’s golf.

“[This] charity event should showcase ‘golf’ not just men’s golf. What an opportunity golf has let slip, once again, to represent equality.”

Reid questions whether golf is “really back” with her reasoned argument and it provides food for thought if the game is genuinely ambitious for growth and diversity.

On a global scale these are tragic times and the prospects of an individual sport are undoubtedly of secondary importance. However fallout from the pandemic creates opportunities for golf that should not be ignored.

Since the lifting of playing restrictions in England last Wednesday courses have reported brisk business. Spare tee times at many courses are as rare as a night at the pub.

There is momentum to be harnessed because this scenario follows recent figures showing a sustained enlargement of participation numbers.

According to Sports Marketing Surveys, 2019 was the second consecutive year of golfing growth in Great Britain, with 70 million rounds played on full length courses last year.

In current circumstances it is one of the few sports that can be played or watched and so there is surely opportunity for further growth.

For that to happen the game must be forward thinking, inclusive and to have heroes worth promoting. McIlroy is setting the standards in that regard.

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McIlroy delivers winner as live golf returns to TV

Rory McIlroy delivered the winning shot Sunday as live golf returned to television for a Skins game that revealed plenty of rust and raised more than $5 million for COVID-19 relief funds.

McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, who had not won a skin since the sixth hole, had a chance to win the final six skins worth $1.1 million on the final hole at Seminole in the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition. Both missed and they returned to the par-3 17th for a closest-to-the-pin contest.

From a forward tee at 120 yards, Matthew Wolff was 18 feet below the hole. His partner, Rickie Fowler, missed the green. Johnson found a bunker. Down to the last shot, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet.

“Air five,” McIlroy said, alluding to the social distancing in place at Juno Beach, Florida.

The final carryover gave McIlroy and Johnson $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation. Fowler, who made seven birdies, and Wolff made $1.15 million for the CDC Foundation.

“I’m proud to be part of an event to entertain people at home on a Sunday afternoon and to raise money for people who need it,” McIlroy said as he played the 18th hole.

Wolff, the 21-year-old Californian with big game and plenty of swagger, earned $450,000 toward relief funds by having the longest drives on two par 5s — 356 yards on No. 2 and 368 yards on No. 14.

Fowler’s seven birdies were worth $270,000 in a separate fund from Farmers Insurance, while McIlroy made four birdies worth $150,000 and Wolff had three birdies for $135,000. Johnson, who showed the most rust, had one birdie for $25,000.

PGA Tour Charities allowed for online donations during the telecast, raising more than $1 million. The donations will continue until Tuesday. When the exhibition ended, more than $5.5 million had been pledged, starting with the $3 million guarantee from UnitedHeath Group.

Players carried their own bags.

In a telephone interview during the match on NBC, President Trump called the return of golf and sports in general “important in terms of the psyche of our country.”

Television had a skeleton crew on the grounds — the play-by-play and analysts were 200 miles away in St. Augustine, Florida, while host Mike Tirico was at his home office in Michigan. The match went over four hours, primarily because players were at times held in place to give the six TV cameras time to get in position on the next hole.

Mark Russell, the PGA Tour’s vice president of of rules and competition, was the only one to handle the flagstick. Bunkers didn’t need to be raked because they were the only match on the course, which closed for the summer last week.

“It was an awesome day,” McIlroy said. “It was nice to get back on the golf course and get back to some sort of normalcy.”

The players wore microphones, though the banter was limited and ended early.

Most of it came from McIlroy, who had to make a short birdie putt on the second hole to match Wolff’s birdie. He rolled it in and said to Wolff, “I think you forget I’ve won two FedEx Cups that total $25 million. That doesn’t faze me, youngster.”

Fowler played the best golf and staked his side to the lead with four birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn, including a 20-footer on No. 11 that was worth two skins at $200,000. He raised his finger and McIlroy said, “Did you hear all those cheers?” There were no fans, and fewer than 50 people were at Seminole. All were tested for the new coronavirus.

That was the start of golf’s return.

The last live competition on TV was March 12, the first round of The Players Championship. It was canceled the next day, along with other tournaments that either were scrapped or postponed.

Next up is another exhibition match on May 24 down the road at Medalist, where Tiger Woods plays when home. Woods and Peyton Manning will face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a match billed as “Champions for Charity” that will raise $10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.

The real show is to return on June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. The tour has said it will not allow fans for at least a month, and perhaps longer depending on it goes. Players will have access to charter flights and a designated hotel.

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McIlroy is back in the swing during £3.3m charity golf showdown

Rory McIlroy is back in the swing as he features in Skins game alongside Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson… and £3.3m charity clash was a treat after 65 long days without golf

  • After 65 long days without golf, the sport made a big return on Sunday night 
  • Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff starred in a match 
  • The £3.3m showdown was for charity and saw McIlroy perform strongly
  • Even without fans and caddies, fans excited over the action in Florida 

Whoever thought golf fans would get so excited over watching a charity Skins game, for heaven’s sake. It just shows what can happen if the heart is allowed to grow fond following a period of absence.

It is the one thing that usually never happens in the Royal and Ancient game, of course. The crammed schedules on the PGA and European Tours mean that as soon as one season finishes, a new one begins the following week, making it difficult to stifle a yawn.

What a contrast with Sunday night. After 65 long days without live golf, the sport’s followers were positively panting with anticipation on social media.

Rory McIlroy is back in the swing of things as live golf made a return on Sunday night

McIlroy played a £3.3m charity game in Juno Beach, Florida in a behind closed doors event

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson v Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff! All four players carrying their own bags! A historic Florida venue we had never seen before! No fans! No grandstands!

My goodness, the excitement levels generated would not have been much greater if the calendar had proceeded without interruption, and we had been watching the final round of the season’s second major, the US PGA Championship from San Francisco.

As you might imagine, this was golf with a wholly different look. Accompanied only by the four players, the club pro introduced the match with more than $4million at stake, and all of it going to charities benefiting Covid-19 relief.

With no fans or caddies, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff carried bags

They began with a trifling $50,000 on offer over each of the first six holes. ‘How do you hit a wedge?’ McIlroy joked, as he stood over a 60-yard approach to the first. It has been a while. The hole was halved, meaning the $50,000 rolled over.

Sponsors TaylorMade had thrown in a $100,000 long driving contest for good measure at the second, where we saw the potential of the newcomer, Wolff. McIlroy smacked his Sunday best, only for 21-year-old Wolff to blow it by him by what appeared a considerable distance.

The Northern Irishman, whose father Gerry is a member at Seminole, was clearly in the mood to make up for the lack of any heckling from fans and throw in some good-natured banter of his own. ‘Good putt,’ he said to Wolff, who left his 15-footer to win the second woefully short.

Over the first couple of holes, Johnson looked as if he had spent the lockdown in a separate house to his golf clubs. ‘Come on, another bad swing,’ he berated himself on the third. At least the rapid American was living up to the brilliant sign that greets all visitors on the first tee: ‘If you play good, play fast. If you play bad, play faster.’

McIlroy and Fowler stand on the green during the unprecedented scenes on Sunday

To be fair, the other three were not exactly leaping out of the blocks, either.

‘Finally, a good wedge shot out of these superstars,’ said an impatient Paul Azinger, following a decent Fowler approach to the third. Finally, a decent shot from Johnson, too, as he claimed the first birdie and with it three skins, worth £150,000.

As for early impressions of the Seminole venue, the aerial view with the Atlantic Ocean hugging one side of the course looked spectacular. Alas, at ground level, it looked like so many Florida venues: flat, wide-open fairways, loads of water. Boring.

Augusta, it ain’t.

Not only in the Sunshine State but Korea, too, there was more evidence the game is taking baby steps back to normality. The ladies Korean tour completed its first event back with a maiden victory for Park Hyun-Kyung, who shot a 67 for a one-stroke triumph.

With no fans to heckle him, the Northern Irishman upped the banter levels with Wolff

She was greeted with a shower of petals from fellow competitors and elbow bumps, which threaten to become every bit as irritating as fist bumps were once.

Interestingly, the all-powerful women’s game in Korea is proceeding while the men remain on the sidelines. Clearly, there is one part of the world in golf where it is the women who hold all the aces, and quite right too given their formidable array of world dominating talent.

Meanwhile, in Wales and Ireland today, club golfers will get the chance to play for the first time since the lockdown, following the example set in England last week. Disappointingly, however, golfers in Wales will only be able to play in singles rather than twoballs, unless playing with someone from their own household.

So much for that good old British common sense the Prime Minister was banging on about. None on show there from the Senedd, was there? As the Florida fourball demonstrated effortlessly, it is the easiest thing in the world for golfers to keep their social distance.




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Golf quiz questions and answers: Test your golf knowledge

Golf returned this week as courses across the UK opened their doors. Professional golf is also close to a return, with the PGA Tour set to resume on June 8. So to coincide with golf’s comeback amid the coronavirus pandemic, why not try your hand at our latest quiz?

Golf quiz questions

1. Who won his only Open Championship at Royal St Georges, Sandwich in 1985?

2. In which country will the 2022 Ryder Cup be held?

3. Which major is Rory McIlroy yet to win?

4. Who became the first European player to score what is now the maximum of five points in a single Ryder Cup in 2018?

5. Who won the Masters in 1986 for a record sixth time?

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6. What is the maximum amount of time allowed to look for a lost ball?

7. What is Tiger Woods’ real first name?

8. Who was the first Englishman to win the US Open after World War II?

9. By what name is the trophy presented to the winner of The Open Championship most commonly known?

10. Under the rules of golf, what’s the maximum number of clubs allowed in a player’s golf bag during a round?

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11. Which two golfers have been world No 1 without winning a major?

12. Which US golfer had 11 successive tournament wins in 1945?

13. True or false – a ball that rests between the flagstick and the cup is considered to be holed?

14. What are the five defined areas of the golf course?

15. Which Swedish golfer, who retired in 2008 with 90 international titles, is widely regarded as the best ever female player?

Golf quiz answers

1. Sandy Lyle

2. Italy

3. The Masters

4. Francesco Molinari

5. Jack Nicklaus

6. Three minutes

7. Eldrick

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8. Tony Jacklin

9. Claret Jug

10. Fourteen

11. Luke Donald and Lee Westwood

12. Byron Nelson

13. True

14. The general area, teeing areas, penalty areas, bunkers and putting greens.

15. Annika Sorenstam

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Rory McIlroy: NI golfer criticises US President Donald Trump over handling of coronavirus crisis

Rory McIlroy has criticised US President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

The Northern Ireland golfer said the President was trying to “politicise” the pandemic, which has led to more than 86,000 deaths in America.

McIlroy was criticised for playing golf with Trump at his International Golf Club in Florida in 2017.

“We’re in the midst of something that’s pretty serious right now,” McIlroy told the McKellar Golf Podcast.

“He’s trying to politicise it and make it a campaign rally, saying that [the US] administers the most tests in the world like it’s a contest.

“It’s just not the way a leader should act and there is a bit of diplomacy that you need to show, and I just don’t think he’s shown that, especially in these times.”

While admitting he enjoyed his 18 holes with the President three years ago, the world number one said it was not something he would do again.

“I don’t know if he’d want to play with me again after what I just said,” he continued.

“I know it’s very self-serving of me to say ‘no’ and, if I don’t, then it means then I’m not putting myself in position to be put under scrutiny and that I’m avoiding that. But I probably wouldn’t, no.

“The day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable. He is very charismatic and was nice to everyone. He obviously has something, or he wouldn’t be in the White House.

“That doesn’t mean I agree with everything – or, in fact, anything – that he says.”

McIlroy will lead golf’s return after a two-month hiatus in a televised charity match in Florida on Sunday, when he will play with Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Woolfe in a $4m skins game in aid of Covid-19 charities.

With the backing of the PGA Tour, this will be seen as a first tentative step since the coronavirus lockdown, with no professional golf having been played since the Players Championship was abandoned after one round on 12 March.

“For us to go out and play a golf match, it’s awesome that we can do that, bring some entertainment to quite a few people but also to help in some way,” McIlroy told the PGA Tour website.

“What we’re doing is a great thing, it’s a very small piece of all this but I’m just happy to be able to help in some way and bring some joy to people, I guess, when they haven’t had anything to really look forward to for a couple of months.”

McIlroy also said he would play in all three PGA Tour events in June when the season resumes.

Competition is set to return behind closed doors at the Charles Schwab Colonial event in Texas on 11 June.

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