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Nicklaus Says McIlroy Will Be Fine By Masters

Last Updated on Monday, 04 March 2013 01:05 Monday, 04 March 2013 00:45

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus says there's no reason to be alarmed: Rory McIlroy is probably frustrated with his game and his adjustment to new equipment.

McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world and defending champion at the Honda Classic, caused a stir this week when he walked off the course after eight holes at PGA National when he was 7 over for the second round.

He told reporters he was ''not in a good place mentally,'' and an hour later issued a statement attributing his withdrawal to a sore wisdom tooth.

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Thompson 'Finishes Strong' For First PGA Tour Win

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:47 Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:07

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Michael Thompson's dream of winning his first PGA Tour event was walking up the final fairway with a big lead and very little stress.

The reality was much different Sunday in the Honda Classic.

He had a one-shot lead as he stood in the 18th fairway, some 240 yards from the flag with trouble in the way in the shape of a large lake.

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Gulbis Out Of HSBC Champions With Illness

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 22:30 Saturday, 02 March 2013 22:16

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SINGAPORE (AP) -- Natalie Gulbis underwent blood tests Saturday after withdrawing from the HSBC Women's Champions with an unspecified illness her instructor initially suspected could be malaria.

Gulbis pulled out of the $1.4 million event before the second round on Friday with flu-like symptoms.

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McIlroy Feeling Pressures Of Being No. 1

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 March 2013 22:09 Saturday, 02 March 2013 21:06

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In any other sport it wouldn't be an issue.

LeBron James isn't going to forget how to dunk, and Roger Federer won't suddenly lose his forehand smash. Michael Phelps isn't likely to sink to the bottom of the pool, either.

But this is golf, a game so mental it can sometimes seem impossible.
 
And Rory McIlroy is in trouble. Not with the PGA Tour, even though he walked off the course in the middle of his round Friday in the Honda Classic.

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McIlroy, Woods Play Own Version Of Match Play

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:56 Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:50

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida -- Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy faced off Sunday in match play, just like so many golf fans wanted to see.

Only hardly anyone saw them. And it didn't even count.

After both were eliminated in the first round of the Match Play Championship, No. 1 and No. 2 in the world played two rounds Sunday morning at The Medalist.

"We thought we'd play our own Match Play final," McIlroy said Tuesday at the Honda Classic.

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