Golf Gossip: McIlroy Masters obsession, Koepka wins gong

Rory McIlroy thinks about the Masters every day, Brooks Koepka Rookie of the Year

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014

Magnolia mania

Rory McIlroy is thinking about the Masters every day, the last major he needs to win to complete the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy said: “It's going to be a great position in a few months' time driving down Magnolia Lane, having the chance of winning my third major in a row and the chance to complete the career grand slam at 25.”

The Northern Irishman is Down Under this week to try and defend his Australian Open crown.

American youngsters dominate Europe

Brooks Keopka has been named the European Tour’s Rookie of the Year, becoming the second American to win the award in as many years following Peter Uihlein’s triumph in 2013.

The 24-year-old won the Turkish Airlines Open this month and finished eighth on the money list.

McIlroy pushing Scott

Adam Scott said he is inspired by Rory McIlroy as the duo prepare to go head-to-head at the Australian Open this week.

The Aussie said: "I think I've found that we've somewhat pushed each other along over the last couple of years, Rory has taken his game up a notch and that's inspired me to work harder.”

Woods' idea to wax lyrical

Tiger Woods’ angry response to Dan Jenkins’ fictional question-and-answer piece appeared on Derek Jeter’s website but the retired baseball star did not solicit the response.

Jeter’s site, the Players’ Tribune, allows athletes a direct channel to fans but it was a strange decision for Woods to utilise it as he has his own site which he often uses.

The friends are both Nike athletes and are represented by Excel Sports which prompted some to point out Woods may have been driving traffic to the new site as a favour.

“The thrust of the piece came from (Woods),” Gary Hoenig, director of Tribune said. “We offer editing advice on all pieces but only at the discretion of the athlete.” 

Faster, higher, stronger

Ernie Els wants to carry the South African flag at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, when the sport makes its comeback after 112-years.

To achieve this, the Big Easy will need to improve on his patchy recent form which has seen him slip from world number 27 to 57th.

The Olympics will have a 60-strong field, with the top 15 in the world automatically qualifying with a limit of four players from each country. 



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