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Rory McIlroy on 'aggressive' generation, Jimenez explains Bradley bust-up

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Thu, 14 May 2015
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McIlroy on 'aggressive' generation

Rory McIlroy thinks the younger generation of golfers are more aggressive than their predecessors but baulked at the "cut-throat" description offered by Patrick Reed.

The 24-year-old American was talking about how Rickie Fowler closed out the Players Championship, but McIlroy, 26, prefers different terminology. 

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“I would simply say that we’re all not afraid to go out there and win,” said McIlroy, winner of the Quail Hollow event in 2010.

“I would agree that the last few years we have all started playing a lot (more) aggressively than the guys in the past used to, and I feel like it’s a lot more drivers and the younger players today are being  more aggressive in their approach to the game and it’s resulting in more birdies and so on." 

McIlroy says the new generation of twenty-somethings could have the same rivalries as some of golf's greats over the years.

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"We had the Big 3 in Arnie, Jack and Gary Player.  Even years ago we had Phil and Tiger and Vijay, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, that was a pretty good group as well," he said.

"The potential is there. We could be fighting it out for tournaments for the next 15, 20 years.  It should be fun." 

Jimenez explains Bradley spat

Miguel Angel Jimenez said he was trying to “get information” from Keegan Bradley and the  match referee when the pair had their heated confrontation at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

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"As a playing competitor, you need to give explanation or the referee give an explanation," Jimenez said.  “I start to finish a sentence (but) he says please give me a favor and go to your ball. That's what he said the second time, and I said no. Then his caddie started talking."

The incident escalated when the Spaniard told Bradley’s caddie to “shut up”, causing the pair to go nose-to-nose at Harding Park.

"He tell me in my face, 'You never tell my caddie to shut up.' Of course, I don't have to tell that, you have to tell that," Jimenez explained. "I think that we need to have respect to everyone. If I go there and demand that information, just give me the information. Simple. If you don't want to give me it, then let the referee give me it.

"My thing is we need to be honest (with) each other, and be professional as we are. It's not about a rule anymore. It's about the attitude."

Jimenez said the incident was a “pity” and said the players may have been on edge because of the “stress of the match”. 

McIlroy sends letter of apology to Nicklaus

Rory McIlroy sent a letter to Jack Nicklaus to apologise  for missing the Memorial Tournament on 4 June.

He also said sorry in person when he bumped into the 18-time major champion at the Bears Club.

It is the first time the Northern Irishman will miss the event at Muirfield Village, hosted by Nicklaus, since making his debut in 2010. The world number one is taking the week off after playing five events in a row in the lead up to Memorial.

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“I thought it was the right thing to do, given Jack’s stature in the game, to write to him saying I wasn’t playing,” the 26-year-old said. “The first thing he said to me was that he’d received my letter and I said to him that I wanted to write to you rather than phone or just advise the Tour, so he seemed pretty taken back to get my letter and that made me also feel good.

“I have played the Memorial every year since coming over here so he was happy and I told him I’m already looking forward to the event next year.”

Harrington wary of Green Mile

Padraig Harrington is “shocked” by Quail Hollow’s finishing three holes, known as the “Green Mile”.

The stretch comprises of the par-four 16th, par-three 17th and par-four 18th and is one of a number of famous run of holes on the PGA Tour, including Augusta’s “Amen Corner”, Doral’s “Blue Monster”, PGA National's "Bear Trap" and Copperhead’s “Snake Pit”.

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“The last three holes, ‘The Green Mile’, are the toughest on the PGA Tour and I’m shocked at that,” said Harrington.

Scott to use broom-handle until ban

Adam Scott revealed he will stick with the broom-handle putter until it is banned.

Scott switched to a standard length flat stick in anticipation of the 2016 ban on anchored putters, but went back to the long version after three tournaments.

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“I’ll have time again at the end of the year to make a change and probably have a little more or a better understanding of exactly what I want to do with it now that I have at least played a couple of events with the shorter putter,” the 2013 Masters champion said.

 

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