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TEE TIMES 3
Can Rory get back his Majors mojo inINSIDE Atlanta?
Reflecting on a marvellous Masters: Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, made us so proud as he played his role in one of the tightest but most gentlemanly showdowns in the history of the event
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Rory: My Green Jacket wedding wish – Page 4
Philip’s second spell as Hants PGA skipper – Page 16
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GEORGIA ON MY MIND WINNER IS. . .
It is out of bounds to describe four-time Major champion Rory McIlroy as stuck in a slump.
True, he has slipped nine places to number 10 in the world. True, he struggled with a recurring rib injury and took a break from competition last year. True, he missed several cuts and went through 2017 without a single tournament win for the first time in nearly 10 NORTH Hants Golf Club in Fleet will have years. But this 28-year-old is still the man who was to find some more space in its Justin the first European to win three of the four Rose Room Finally, a to record the continuing Majors, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods exploits of the county’s favourite place in as the only players to do so by the age of 25. golfing son. the golfing The Green Jacket is the only Major to elude Hall Roomof willFame be found for mementoes of the him, and in April McIlroy will be making his Masters -2017 Page 4 to be placed alongside those fourth attempt to complete the set and a of Rose’s U.S. Open triumph in 2013 and his career Grand Slam. Olympic Golf Gold. And if he finally drapes that famous bit of green material round his shoulders, he will Tiger says: But while Rose was pipped at Augusta by be hunting down Nick Faldo’s record of six From now, Sergio Garcia, the inevitable disappointment Majors. for his fans was counterbalanced by a I’ll be my display of skill and sportsmanship which was He has set out his stall for a run at the own coach Masters by committing himself to play in at a credit to both men, and to a sport which least seven events kin the run-up to Atlanta. - Page 4 still prides itself on honesty and fairness. McIlroy said on his website he would start his Yes, the final round between these two Ryder campaign with two European Tour events in Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Rose the Middle Eas: the Abu Dhabi Championship President was edging his way towards a second Major, pulls off was trying to secure his first on and Garcia athegolfing very day which would have been the 60threbate birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. tax
We meet the 10th tee hell hound Bus Pass Golfer – Page 16
Hampshire Jenny’s hadlifetime been inundated with approaches from potential caddies.–McIlroy accolade Page and 16 Diamond, who
Dedicated to completing the set: McIlroy will have his fourth tilt at winning the iconic Green Jacket and Dubai Desert Classic. He then plans to switch his focus to the PGA Tour, playing in five tournaments in six weeks, starting at Pebble Beach this month. Last year was marked by low points off the course, too, as he split from long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, replacing him with Harry Diamond, who stays at his side for the new campaign. After appointing Diamond on an initial shortterm basis in August, McIlroy said that he
was a top amateur player in Ireland, have been friends for many years. Was this So McIlroy is happy with his caddie and his golf’s clubs, happy with his private life, and happy worst with his recovery from injury. All in all, he injustice has set himself up for the perfect run-in to Georgia. Let the sparks ever? fly again. Rory’s next target: to beat Nick Faldo’s – Page 24 record of six Majors.
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-ButPage 20 emotion for spectators of the overriding the final round was the way these two Europeans fought the fight.
In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals tops off but not opponents, supremely competitive Masterful yet gentlemanly, acknowledging each other’s skills with a knuckle-touch a nod. 12ormonths
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Rory McIlroy is playing down fans’ concerns about his health after a medical check revealed he has a minor heart irregularity.
called a flat or inverted T wave. It’s really not that big of a deal and nothing to worry about, apart from getting an annual check -p, like youmate: should doand anyway. Romsey Golf Club Well played, Masters At the end pagethere 19-22 The former world number one, 28, said in an interview with the on theDaily course, Rose and Garcia werebeen a big reaction to it in the media -which ‘I feel there’s really sporting gentlemen Telegraph that the abnormality is ‘not that big of a deal’ and may be shouldn’t be. I’m fit and healthy.’ linked to a viral infection he contracted 18 months ago. He insists he So McIlroy is turning his attention from medical matters towards an is now fully fit. achievement which would really lift his heart: a career Grand Slam The four-time major winner cut short his 2017 schedule in order to at Augusta. undergo treatment on a rib injury, which he says has now healed. Only five golfers have done the Grand Slam during their careers: ‘Like anything, the deeper you dig the more likely you are to find Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and something,’ he said. Tiger Woods.
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