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Rory shoots 80 in opening round of the Irish Open

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Rory McIlroy made nine bogeys and no birdies to shoot 80 (9-over par) in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by The Rory Foundation on Thursday.

After missing the cut at last week’s BMW PGA Championship, the world No. 1 currently sits T138, tied for last place, staring down another MC this week.

The cold, windy and rainy conditions at Royal County Down made scoring difficult — the low score of the day is currently 69 (2-under) — as golfers wore winter mittens between shots to keep their hands warm.

McIlroy didn’t use the weather as an excuse for his disastrous start, however.

[quote_center]”It was not quite as difficult as I made it look,” McIlroy said.[/quote_center]

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Playing partner Rickie Fowler managed to shoot a level-par 71 with four birdies and four bogeys in his opening round, currently sitting in T20.

The Rickie-Rory pairing was pegged as the group to watch this week, but McIlroy will have to fight on Friday just to keep from missing his second-straight cut. Fowler, on the other hand, is only two-strokes back of the leaders and in prime position to make a move.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Golf Pro

    May 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Well….they did say Rory is the next Tiger Woods. Looks like he’s getting close.

  2. MHendon

    May 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Makes me feel a little better about the 80 I shot last saturday. lol

  3. RobG

    May 28, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Looks like Rory STILL doesn’t know how to handle wet and windy conditions. Learn to hit the low ball son!

  4. Golfraven

    May 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Oh Danny Boy!

  5. John Krug

    May 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    It was the shoes!

  6. LorenRobertsFan

    May 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Nike never thought he’d only need 2 pairs of customized kicks! I feel bad for the 2 kids who designed the Saturday/Sunday shoes and won’t see him wear them

  7. timbleking

    May 28, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Probably due to the club he threw last week…

  8. H

    May 28, 2015 at 11:04 am

    It’s them silly kid-designed shoes! They threw him off, having to stare at them all day

    • Mike honcho

      May 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I don’t think it was the shoes designed by the KID cancer patients dip tard

  9. Tom

    May 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Oppps!

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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