Nov 25, 2014 | 08:48 am

Rory's Biggest Fan

If there is any animosity lingering from Rory McIlroy's lawsuit against his former manager Horizon (where Graeme McDowell is a partner) it was not evident in McDowell’s recent season-ending column for the BBC. Calling McIlroy’s Open Championship win “the best moment of the year” McDowell went on to predict that his countryman would dominate the game until the end of the decade.  "I think we are witnessing at least a five-year spell as world number one,” said McDowell. "I think he is going to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did in the early 2000s.” Asked how many major championships McIlroy might win, McDowell was equally effusive. “If Rory continues to play the way he is doing, he could win three, four or maybe five more majors in that time. He could then be close to 10 in total and whether he wants to go beyond that is entirely up to him."

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Nov 24, 2014 | 10:46 am

Women's Weekend

Heading into the Thanksgiving holiday, we can think of a few women with a lot to be thankful for coming out of the past weekend. Start with Lydia Ko (above), the 17-year-old LPGA sensation who won her third tournament of the year yesterday—the CME Group Tour Championship, which came with $500,000 first prize—and with it a $1 million bonus in the tour’s inaugural year-long “Race to the CME Globe.” also, Stacy Lewis may have only finished T9 yesterday but became the first American player in 21 years to win the LPGA’s three major awards: Player of the Year, money title, and Vare Trophy (for lowest scoring average). And Inbee Park finished as the top-ranked women’s player in the world for the second straight year. Meanwhile, Suzy Whaley, a teaching pro from Connecticut, on Saturday was elected secretary of the PGA of America, making her a near shoo-in to become the association’s first female president in 2018. And this isn’t Whaley’s first “first”: In 2003, she became the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event, playing in that year’s 2003 Hartford Open.

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Nov 21, 2014 | 10:33 am

Tiger Talks—And Then Some

Just the other day in this space we remarked how Tiger Woods had remained fairly quiet the last few months while rehabbing his back injury. Most of the Tiger news before this week was second-hand. Well, the moratorium has ended and Tiger has come out swinging, taking aim at Dan Jenkins for his mock interview with Woods in the current Golf Digest. Tiger didn’t find Jenkins’ parody funny and used a new website, The Players’ Tribune—founded by Tiger-buddy Derek Jeter—to label it “a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.” We’re going to take the high ground here and let you decide for yourself if the piece is funny, fair, nasty, not worth reading, or all of the above. Also worth noting is news from the Tiger Woods Foundation that its namesake will be making his official return to golf on December 3-7 at the Hero World Challenge, a four-round event at Isleworth G&CC in Florida that supports the foundation and other Orlando-area charities. Besides Woods, the field includes Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Bubba Watson, and is a rare opportunity for the public to get inside the gates of the exclusive Isleworth, where many Tour players live. Personally, we can't wait for Tiger's first press conference.

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Nov 20, 2014 | 03:08 pm

Metropolitan Masters

The Sandbelt region just south of Melbourne is loaded with superb courses. You may have heard of Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath. Less well-known worldwide but of equal stature for many is Metropolitan Golf Club, a layout known for superior conditions, which hosts the Bet Easy Australian Masters this week. You can see it for yourself on the Golf Channel from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (EST) through Saturday night. One of the three Americans in the field likes it. A lot. “It's one of the top ten golf courses I've ever teed it up on,” said Boo Weekley. Don’t believe Boo? Then how about Adam Scott, who said, “I find it difficult to separate Royal Melbourne’s Composite Course, Kingston Heath and Metropolitan in terms of choosing Australia’s best layout.” He’s won this event the past two years, when it was played at, ahem, Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath. Of course Boo also took the time to sample an Aussie delicacy. "Best thing I've eaten is one of them meat pies," he said. If he thought that was good, he should try a Lamington or two for dessert.  

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