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McIlroy’s father wins big after betting on Rory to win The Open before age of 26

McIlroy’s father wins big after betting on Rory to win The Open before age of 26

Rory McIlroy’s win at Hoylake not only won himself the winner’s cheque at The Open overnight but his Dad had a nice pay-day as well.

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Gerry McIlroy and a few of his friends have won £200,000 after a successfully betting on his son, Rory McIlroy to win The Open by the age of 26.

The best was placed 10 years ago, when McIlroy was just 16-years-old and it is understood that McIlroy snr and his friends placed £400 at 500/1 with a bookie on Rory to win The Open Championship before his 26th birthday.

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McIlroy claims third major with two-shot victory at Hoylake

McIlroy claims third major with two-shot victory at Hoylake

Rory McIlroy grabbed the third leg of a career grand slam overnight by winning the 2014 Open Championship by two strokes.

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McIlroy’s previous two major victories were both by a margin of eight strokes. When Rory wins, he wins big and it looked like the 2014 Open Championship was going the same way as the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland took a commanding six shot lead into the final round.

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“Some golfer!”; when Peter Thomson won at Hoylake: video

“Some golfer!”; when Peter Thomson won at Hoylake: video

Peter Thomson won five Open championships. His third was won at Hoylake.

Ahead of the final round of the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (or Hoylake) I thought it was a good time to remember Peter Thomson’s victory in 1956.

It was Thomson’s third consecutive Open Championship win, something only three Scots had done before: Bob Ferguson, Jamie Anderson and Tom Morris Jr.

Golfers to have won The Open championship at Royal Liverpool:

2006: Tiger Woods (US) 1967: Roberto De Vincenzo (Arg) 1956: Peter Thomson (Aus) 1947: Fred Daly (NIR) 1936: Alf Padgham (Eng) 1930: Bobby Jones (a) (US) 1924: Walter Hagen (US) 1913: JH Taylor (Eng) 1907: Arnaud Massy (Fra) 1902: Sandy Herd (Sco) 1897: Harold Hilton (a) (Eng)

Will Rory McIlroy be next?

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GOLF RULES

McIlroy penalised two-strokes; finishes one-stroke behind Larrazabal at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

McIlroy penalised two-strokes; finishes one-stroke behind Larrazabal at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

A rules infraction cost Rory McIlroy a trophy after not taking ‘full relief’ from GUR.

Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship yesterday by a shot from Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. Larrazabal secured his third European Tour victory with a solid final round 67 but the exploits of Mickelson and McIlroy are dominating discussion.

Mickelson played typically audacious golf but shot himself out of the tournament after attempting to recover from under a bush on the 13th hole at Abu Dhabi GC.

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Rock in a hard place

Rock in a hard place

A bearded Robert Rock The antiquated rules of golf reared its head yesterday when Enagland’s Robert Rock found himself disqualified from the Irish Open after returning an incorrect scorecard. Rock was runner-up in this European Tour event last year and was one of the favourites going into the week before his quick exit. He had just signed off on an opening round 65 when tournament officials noticed Rock had registered a 4 and a 3 on the 14th and 15th holes.

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Zach Johnson breaks the rules and still wins golf tournament

Zach Johnson breaks the rules and still wins golf tournament

In the spirit of reporting on golf news that could potentially affect us all, we bring you another rules reminder courtesy of Crowne Plaza Invitational winner, Zach Johnson.

Zach Johnson won the PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial today (see video below), but the details of his one-stroke victory over Jason Dufner is interesting and a reminder to us all about marking your golf ball correctly.

Also: McDowell penalised for moving his golf ball

Johnson was three shots ahead going into the final hole and a five-foot par putt sat between him and a tournament victory.

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FUN STUFF

Adam Scott and other golfers imitate Ivor Robson: video

Adam Scott and other golfers imitate Ivor Robson: video

Adam Scott and a bunch of other golfers were asked to do their best impressions of the legendary Ivor Robson.

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Playing golf with The Dan Plan in Australia: video

Playing golf with The Dan Plan in Australia: video

Dan has a plan to practice his golf game for 10,000 hours.

Dan McLaughlin of The Dan Plan fame is in Australia and I played a round of golf at Bonnie Doon Golf Club with him on Monday, giving me the time to quiz him on his remarkable ambition to practise his golf game for 10,000 hours.

We’ve featured The Dan Plan here at Aussie Golfer several times before, but in a nutshell Dan is testing the 10,000 hours theory which was most notably publicised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book best-selling book, Outliers and Geoff Colvin’s Talent is Overrated.

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Tour players attempt the Phil Mickelson flop-shot challenge: video

Tour players attempt the Phil Mickelson flop-shot challenge: video

A bunch of European players attempt to lob golf balls over a cut out of Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson is at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club this week competing in the Scottish Open. As part of the European Tour’s continuing series of great videos, they got Phil Mickelson to hit one of his amazing flop-shots over a cut out of himself.

After telling everyone that no one in their right mind would attempt a flop-shot off such a tight lie, he went and then hit one a few feet from the hole.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Gerringong Golf Club: course review

Gerringong Golf Club: course review

This simple golf course brings with it loads of fun and incredible views.

The Gerringong Golf Club lies on a stretch of road joining the towns of Gerringong and Gerroa. If you’re a golfer and you’ve ever taken this road, you must remember the course. Placed in an open valley that stretches down to the ocean, it’s quite a sight. Supreme real estate and a gorgeous place to hit the golf ball around.

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The Royal Adelaide treatment

The Royal Adelaide treatment

Controversy over a proposal to re-design the golf course has done nothing to ruin a day out on the majestic fairways of Royal Adelaide.

I remember the first time I saw the Old Course at St.Andrews on TV. “Oh, they’ve got a road crossing the 18th like Royal Adelaide”, I naively though to myself. This was the sort of opinion one had of Royal Adelaide if you grew up in the City of Churches. It was the holy grail of golf courses, and all others were compared to it, including the oldest.

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Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Nestled right at the base of the Blue Mountains, about an hour drive west of Sydney is the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course. This relatively unknown golf course is a little gem.

Redeveloped in 1993, the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course occupies the lowlands of the homestead clubhouse which sits atop the central hill.

It has done so since it was originally built as a residence for the land owners back in 1824 and you can certainly feel the history that the club has managed to maintain ever since.

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2014 Open Championship: Rory roars around Hoylake as Aussie hopes fade

2014 Open Championship: Rory roars around Hoylake as Aussie hopes fade

July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rain and the threat of thunderstorms couldn’t dampen some fantastic golf on day three at Royal Liverpool.

Despite a frustrating day for Australian golf fans, some hugely entertaining golf was played out at Royal Liverpool that ended with 25-year-old Rory McIlroy holding a commanding XXX-shot lead and staring down his third major championship trophy.

The scores at the end of the third round belied the drama that unfolded during the middle of the day with Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all pushing McIlroy for the lead at different times.

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2014 Open Championshiop: Our favourite photos so far

2014 Open Championshiop: Our favourite photos so far

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Our pick of the best photos taken so far at the 2014 Open Championship from Royal Liverpool, Hoylake where Rory McIlroy currently holds a four shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

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2014 Open Championship: Round 2 video highlights

2014 Open Championship: Round 2 video highlights

July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rory McIlroy leads 2014 British Open by four shots after two rounds.

Rory McIlroy overcame his Friday curse to romp to another 6-under 66 and is four shots ahead of Dustin Johnson going into the weekend at the 2014 Open Championship.

Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are the best Aussies through two rounds but are nine shots behind McIlroy at 3-under par.

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2014 Open Championship: Round one winners and losers

2014 Open Championship: Round one winners and losers

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers after the first round of the 2014 British Open.

WINNERS

Rory McIlroy McIlroy was superb on the opening day at Royal Liverpool. A bogey-free 6-under par 66 gave the Northern Irishman a one stroke lead – thanks largely to a sublime short game. For all the power Rory has in his game, his deft touch around the greens were a pleasure to watch.

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2014 Open Championship: Round 1 highlights video

2014 Open Championship: Round 1 highlights video

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rory McIlroy leads the 2014 Open Championship but Adam Scott and Tiger Woods are among some of those who also got off to decent starts.

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Ernie Els makes careless three-putt after hitting man in face with drive: video

Ernie Els makes careless three-putt after hitting man in face with drive: video

July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ernie Els had a tough opening day at the 2014 Open Championship.

Ernie Els got off to a shocking start at the 2014 British Open. His drive hit a spectator in the face with his opening drive and then produced a putting display more commonly used by weekend hackers.

Els three-putted from inside two feet and admitted later to being rattled after the opening drive.

“There was blood everywhere,” Els said.

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