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IT was one of sport’s biggest stories – the Rory
McIlroy meltdown in the final round of the US
This week the affable young Irishman admitted it
ended in tears.
“I didn’t actually cry, not until the next morning,”
McIlroy said, according to Reuters.
“I didn’t even speak to Mum and Dad until then.
(There) might have been something they said like
‘It’ll be OK’ but I said ‘No, it won’t be OK.’”
As Rory McIlroy walked off the 18th green at
Augusta National in April, he approached the
clubhouse between two lines of patrons, media
and his closest friends. As he wiped his brow and a
tear from his eye, the last to greet him was now ex-
girlfriend Holly Sweeney with a peck to the cheek.
“At the time I felt it might be the only chance
I had to win and I’ve blown it. I had so many
thoughts and emotions going through my head
that day,” he said.
Two months later, McIlroy became the youngest
U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923 in
a record-setting rout at Congressional. Backed by
his father, McIlroy had something to prove.
“One of the big differences at the U.S. Open
compared to Augusta was having Dad there at
Congressional, and having breakfast with him
on the Sunday,” he said.
“ We talked it through. He said the right things,
saying that I had played so well for three rounds
and to keep doing what you’re doing, and
concentrate on what I can do in... Read more
LAINE CLARK: AAP
NORMAL service resumed on The Shane
Warne Show after the legendary leg-spinner
sparked the Melbourne Stars’ eight-run Big
Bash League win over Brisbane Heat at the
Gabba last night.
Never one to be kept quiet, Warne bounced
back from his underwhelming Big Bash
League debut last weekend to take 1-22 off
his four overs and turn the match.
With TV cameras spending as much time on
fiancée Liz Hurley and the Warne/Hurley
kids in a corporate box, this was glamour
cricket on show.
Commentators dubbed the three Warne kids
and Hurley the “Warne Clan”, airbrushing
from reality Warne’s ex-wife and mother of
The tackiness aside, it was an entertaining
Warne’s accuracy with the ball upstaged Test
quick Ryan Harris’ comeback for the Heat.
Back after a hip injury cut short his Test
tour of South Africa, Harris took 1-31 off
four overs before his unbeaten 55-run eight
wicket stand with Michael Neser gave the
Heat some hope of victory in front of a
record BBL crowd of 29,241.
Needing 20 runs off the last over to win, the
Heat just fell short at 7-169... Read more
Swedish knee man the latest guru
FITNESS camp? Try Arizona. Knee problem? Sweden sounds good.
AFL players are being sent to the corners of the earth as clubs look
to get an edge over their rivals.
Greater Western Sydney is banking on the Swedish expert who
helped extend Michael Gardiner’s AFL career to set young gun
Jonathon Patton on the path to recovery.
If successful, there could be a well-worn path between Australian
airports and Swedish waiting rooms.
GWS’s sports science manager John Quinn has called on Hakan
Alfredson, the expert who operated on Gardiner and earlier this
year worked with the club’s No.2 draft pick Stephen... Read more
McIlroy’s Masters tears
The Shane Warne Show
Port president Brett Duncanson
He called it, bowled it and got it – Warne bowls McCullum around his legs
Channel Nine’s electronic
INDIA has it rejected a last-
minute offer to allow umpires
to use cricket’s electronic eye.
Cricket Australia had
offered Indian officials a
Review System for the four-
Test series, beginning on
Boxing Day at the MCG. They
declined citing concerns with
the accuracy of electronic aids.
Pies players take
to new coach
Collingwood star Scott
Pendlebury says the club has
had its end-of-year gift - a
smooth transition from Mick
Malthouse to Nathan Buckley
Having last week returned
from the Arizona high-altitude
training camp, Pendlebury
said he had only “positive
things to say”...
McIlroy during the final round at Augusta
GWS recruit Jonathan Patton
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