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(Sports) Rory McIlroy makes progress in chase of Adam Scott at Australian Open Golf Tournament

(Sports) Rory McIlroy makes progress in chase of Adam Scott at Australian Open Golf Tournament SYDNEY, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has made a charge early in the second round of Australian Open at the Royal Sydney Golf Club, local media reported on Friday. With three holes to play, McIlroy is now only one back from Australian Adam Scott's lead at the Open. McIlroy's round has included 8 birdies so far, but bogeys on 17 and 4 have slowed his momentum.

Mental pressures taking their toll in sport, says McIlroy

(Reuters) - The pressure to succeed in sport is pushing more and more athletes towards stress-related illnesses, says Rory McIlroy, who is looking to put a troubled year on and off the course behind him at this week's Australian Open. McIlroy, who slipped from the top of the rankings to world number six after a winless 2013, said the mental toll of sport could far outweigh the physical pressures and cases such as that of England cricketer Jonathan Trott were becoming more frequent.

Stenson ready to lead from front in season finale

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Three players enter this week's $8 million DP World Tour Championship knowing victory in Dubai would put them top of the European 2013 money list. Sweden's Henrik Stenson is the current leader, despite a barren year in Europe, with England's Justin Rose and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell - winners of the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2010 respectively - close behind.

Legal worries a distraction in tough 2013, says McIlroy

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Legal problems were a distraction which affected his golf this year, former world number one Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday as he prepared to defend the World Tour Championship title he won in sizzling style last year. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland birdied the final five holes in Dubai 12 months ago to claim his second tour title of the year and finish top of both the European and U.S. money lists. In a barren 2013, however, he has tumbled to sixth in the world rankings.

Golf: Resurgent Rory hails 'great start' in Shanghai

Rory McIlroy is back. At long last. After struggling all year since changing clubs to Nike, the former world number one left a field containing 40 of the world's top 50 in his wake as he shot a seven-under par round of 65 to lead the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai by two shots Thursday. "Yeah, it's a great start," McIlroy told AFP after his round. But he cautioned against getting carried away by a performance at which he outshone in-form playing partner and recent US PGA Champion Jason Dufner by eight shots.

Pundit was out of line with Woods cheat remarks: McIlroy

By Andrew Both SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Golf Channel television pundit Brandel Chamblee was out of order earlier this month when he implied world number one Tiger Woods had cheated, Rory McIlroy said on Thursday. In a column, former U.S. PGA Tour winner Chamblee graded several golfers for their seasons. Of Woods, he wrote: "He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon (Player of the Year) Trophy and ... how shall we say this ... was a little cavalier with the rules".

McIlroy finds form to surge clear of WGC field

By Andrew Both SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy enjoyed one of his best rounds of a disappointing season to storm into a two-shot lead over a star-studded field at the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Thursday. Displaying a deft short game with a new lob wedge, McIlroy reeled off eight birdies en route to a first round seven-under-par 65 at the World Golf Championship event in Sheshan.

Golf: McIlroy says Chamblee 'should be dealt with'

Rory McIlroy says a golf analyst who accused Tiger Woods of bending the rules was completely wrong and "should be dealt with", in comments made in the run-up to the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The two-time major winner, one of the star draws at the $8.5 million tournament, criticised the Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee during a promotional event on Tuesday. World number one Woods broke his silence on the issue Monday, saying it was up to the Golf Channel to deal with Chamblee, who accused the American of being "a little cavalier with the rules".

Improving McIlroy will win by end of year: Woods

By Stefanie McIntyre MACAU (Reuters) - Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy is slowly getting his golf game back on track and predicted on Tuesday that the former world number one would claim a breakthrough first victory of the year by the end of December. McIlroy was on top of the world at the end of 2012, having won the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic, but he has had a turbulent season this year on and off the course.

McIlroy edges out Woods in lucrative shootout

(Reuters) - World number six Rory McIlroy produced some dazzling golf on the back nine to overcome a sniffling Tiger Woods by one shot in their lucrative 'Match at Mission Hills' in China on Monday. The double major-winning Northern Irishman shot a six-under-par 67 to beat the world number one's 68 in the exhibition match which, according to British media reports, earned both men in excess of $1.5 million.
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