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Defending Champ McIlroy Shoots Opening 2-Under 69 at Australian Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:33 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:28

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Rory McIlroy's defense of his Australian Open title began with a 2-under 69 on a cool, overcast and often drizzly morning at The Australian Golf Club.

McIlroy, winner of back-to-back majors this year at the British Open and U.S. PGA, began play on the back nine and made the turn at even-par after a birdie and a bogey. He birdied the first hole of his second nine, added another at the par-5 fifth, but made bogey on the seventh.

He finished strongly, hitting his approach on the ninth to less than two feet and making an easy birdie. McIlroy was a stroke behind Australian Aron Price, who was the best of the morning groupings with a 68.

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Rory, Adam Have Contrasting Australian Open Starts

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:28 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:13

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott weren’t paired together for the first two rounds of the Australian Open because organizers wanted to split their marquee players among morning and afternoon groups for the spectators and television.

After the opening round, they’re also at opposite ends of the scoreboard.

McIlroy teed off in overcast conditions and finished with a 2-under 69 just as Scott was beginning his round — and not very well at that.

Scott’s tee shot on the first went into the woods and he made double-bogey as he shot 74 at The Australian Golf Club.

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GAO Announces 2015 Roster for Team Ontario

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 05:39 Thursday, 27 November 2014 05:35

altUXBRIDGE, Ontario (Golf Canada) — The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) is pleased to announce the 2015 roster for Team Ontario.

The announcement comes on the heels of the GAO's recent partnership with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, who will provide Team Ontario athletes with Adidas clothing and access to TaylorMade equipment.

The team, which began training in October, is set for a full winter of work as they prepare for the official start to the competitive season at the GAO Investors Group Junior Spring Classic in May.

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By the Numbers: Champions Tour 2014 Season

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 05:33 Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:51

altDave Senko, Phil Stambaugh, Mark Williams/PGATOUR.COM

For many, golf is a numbers-based sport, one in which statistics are used by players, fans and media to determine who reigns supreme and who might be on the cusp of breaking out. With that, let's take a look back at some impressive and even history-making numbers from the 2014 season.

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UBC Thunderbirds Named Top Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Teams in the Country

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:35 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:20

altOAKVILLE, Ontario (Dave Kaplan/Golf Canada) — The Golf Coaches Association of Canada (GCAC) compiled its annual coaches poll on November 12th, 2015 and the UBC Thunderbirds men's and women's squads were voted as the two top teams in the country.

In the men's poll, the Thunderbirds (92 points) edged the Manitoba Bisons (91 points) and the Waterloo Warriors (87 points) by a narrow margin.

Rounding out the TOP 10 were the Laval Rouge et Or (84 points), Holland Hurricanes (81 points), Victoria Vikes (79 points), Brock Badgers (70 points), Ottawa Gee Gee's (55 points), Fraser Valley Cascades (53 points), and Montreal Carabins (52 points).

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