Jul 01, 2013 | 09:28 AM

Rory Vs The Robot


Rory McIlroy may be having trouble with his game--he missed the cut at last week's Irish Open and hasn't had many rounds to brag about this year--but he's kept his sense of humor. It's evident in a video he made for the European Tour that pits the two-time major champion against a golf-ball-hitting robot. The Euros went to some trouble and expense to make this video, which is much funnier than is much cleverer than most YouTube golf fare. And it even makes you confident that McIlroy will find his way out of his current clump, even if just by laughing through it.



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Jun 28, 2013 | 05:52 AM

Rappin’ In The Rough

Wondering where the next generation of golfers is coming from? At least one of them is already here. Five-year-old Caleb Corsa, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is the star of a YouTube video that professes his love for golf.  In “I Love Golf,” made with the help of his dad, little rapper “Caleb C” sports the turned-around hat and staccato-singing style common to other music videos as he rhymes his way from tee to green and beyond. In little more than a week, the video has nearly 25,000 views—and a growing fan club. Watch out, Justin Bieber!

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Jun 27, 2013 | 09:44 AM

June Gloom in the Hamptons

Is the USGA jinxed? After the biblical rains at Merion, thunderstorms are expected through Sunday at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., where the U.S. Women’s Open gets underway today. The air is sticky—humidity is 99%—but there is virtually no wind. That may change. “We’re only one mile from the Atlantic, and right on the water at Peconic Bay,” said superintendent Garret Bodington in a Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) interview. “If it blows 10 to 15 miles per hour, you’ll probably see about even par win it. If it doesn’t blow like that, 2- to 4-under could be the winning score. But if it really blows, which will make it even harder, 4- to 6-over might be what we’ll get.” Brisk winds coupled with Sebonack’s slick, undulating greens will make for great theater in the Hamptons for the duration of this keenly anticipated championship. 

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Jun 26, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Weighty Concerns

Rory McIlroy was at Wimbledon for girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki’s first-round match but he’s since departed to play in the Irish Open at Carton House Golf Club near Dublin. Now Wozniacki, the 9th seed, can join him at his tournament after losing in the second round to Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic who’s ranked 196th in the world. But before McIlroy left there was a minor controversy involving another attractive sporting couple, Maria Kirilenko and NHL star Alexnder Ovechkin. Kirilenko, who also had an early exit from Wimbledon, reportedly complained about McIlroy getting to use the players’ gym at the All England Club while Ovechkin was denied entry. A spokesman said Ovechkin would have been allowed in had he had the proper credentials. McIlroy will be competing in his seventh Irish Open and his second at Carton House, having played it in his first Irish Open there at age 16.

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