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Rory McIlroy shares his thoughts on the shortened major season, and how he feels entering the FedEx Cup playoffs on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s “On Course”

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Earlier this week, Rory McIlroy sat down with Brian Crowell and Frank Darby on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio’s “On Course” and discussed a range of subjects including his thoughts on the shortened major season, and how he feels about his game ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Speaking on the new condensed major season, McIlroy stated that while he’s not sure that the “small window” is the best thing for the game in terms of exposure, the new schedule now gives players a higher chance of having a very successful season.

“It felt to me as if I blinked and the major season was over…Whether that’s a good thing for the game in terms of exposure I’m not too sure. 

You know, I think it’s a good thing for the players because if you get hot and you’re able to sustain a really good run of golf from April through to the middle of the summer you could have a really successful season. 

The Ulsterman kicks off his FedEx Cup campaign at this week’s Northern Trust, and speaking to Crowell and Darby, McIlroy discussed his consistent play and how he is having the best putting year of his career thus far.

“My game feels good. You know, if you look at my stats all year I’m number one in a bunch of different categories. Number one in scoring average. I’m putting it the best I ever have, I’m top 30 in putting for the first time in my career. So everything’s in the right place.”

The 30-year-old has two victories to his name in 2019 but he believes that number could and should be higher, and stated his intent to end the season with a second FedEx Cup title.

“You know, I wish I could have capitalized on that good golf a little bit more and had a couple more wins this season but I’ve had a bunch of final rounds and in contention so it would be nice to knock a couple other tournaments off by the end of this little stretch. 

So I’m second in the FedEx Cup right now. I want to really give it a good go over the next few weeks and try to win another FedEx Cup. That would be a nice way to end the year.”

“On Course” with Brian Crowell and Frank Darby airs Wednesday’s at 8 PM ET on the SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio channel.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Ryan

    Aug 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    At first I wasn’t sure how I would like the change of the PGA to May. After the first season, I think it was a smart move. I think it gives the FedEx Cup a better stage and gets more of the top players to play the first three events (eligible).

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Check out the betting markets for the potential Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson “The Match” Part 2

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“The Match” Part 2 may have only just been teased by Phil Mickelson this week on his social media account, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from pricing up some exciting betting markets for the potential showdown.

BetOnline.ag have chalked up Woods as favorite to exact revenge on Lefty, but the company have also priced up markets on the total curse words used between the two, the number of Tiger twirls we will potentially see, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the betting markets BetOnline.ag have created ahead of the potential Woods-Mickelson “The Match” Part 2:

How many holes will be conceded?

  • Under 2½ holes 4/11
  • Over 2½ holes 2/1

Match Winner

  • Tiger Woods 20/33
  • Phil Mickelson 5/4

Number of 3-putts recorded by Tiger and Phil

  • Under ½ 3-putts 5/12
  • Over ½ 3-putts 33/20

Which pairing will win Tiger vs Phil II?

  • Tiger Woods / Peyton Manning 5/9
  • Tiger Woods / Tom Brady 2/3
  • Phil Mickelson / Peyton Manning 11/10
  • Phil Mickelson / Tom Brady 7/5

Which player will make the most birdies?

  • Tiger Woods 10/13
  • Phil Mickelson 10/11

Will a Play Off be needed to decide the winner?

  • No 1/3
  • Yes 5/2

Will Hole No. 18 be played?

  • Yes 10/13
  • No 10/11

Will there be a Hole In One?

  • No 2/55
  • Yes 17/2

Will Tiger Woods wear a red shirt?

  • Yes 2/5
  • No 17/10
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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.1.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Beautiful custom work on these Mizuno MP64’s from The Golf Garage.

‘Sweet Swingin’ Strawberry’ headcovers added to Bettinardi’s Thursday release!

One of the most underrated irons of all time says our Ryan Barath.

‘Lightly Seasoned’

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Fancy looking long neck lefty flat-stick from SGC Putters.

Colorful Squareback Scotty.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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14 players disqualified from mini-tour event for playing from the wrong tees

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Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there is still golf being played in some regions of the US in mini-tour events, and Tuesday during an event on the Outlaw Tour saw a significant rules controversy.

Per Ryan French (Twitter’s Monday Q Info), 14 players during round one of the Outlaw Tour’s Verrado Founders Championship were DQ’d from the event after playing from the wrong set of tees on one hole.

Despite the 14-men playing from a distance longer than they should have, there is no dispensation from the rule despite it being clear there was no intent to gain an advantage on their competitors.

Following the opening round, tournament director Jesse Burghart released a statement on Facebook where he defiantly stuck by his decision to disqualify the 14 players.

“I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game and the Rules of Golf…Penalty for breach of rules is disqualification. It’s very black and white and one of the most important rules to follow.

I’ve heard all the name calling and peanut gallery remarks. At the end of the day we are supposed to be professional golfers. Ultimately it’s your decision to be one or not.

Sheriff Out”

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One of the players DQ’d because of the error was James Feutz who backed the Tour’s decision on his social media, but explained how he feels some compensation should be given “considering how many people made the same mistake and the current world situation.”

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