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McIlroy Opens Defining Year Seeking First Win in Abu Dhabi

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 08:11 Wednesday, 14 January 2015 08:06

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

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Rory McIlroy isn’t divulging what is on his list of seven goals for 2015 that he jotted down on the back of his boarding pass on a flight to Dubai last week.

Completing a career Grand Slam at the Masters in April? Surely that was No. 1. A court case against his former management company, scheduled for February, is also a defining early year date for the world’s top-ranked player.

Winning this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship may not have been on the list, but it would end years of frustration for McIlroy at what has become his traditional year-opening tournament.

McIlroy has finished second at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in three of the last four years. On two of those occasions, he was hit with rule penalties that ultimately cost him victory.



European Tour Appoints Global Search Firm to Recruit New Chief Executive

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 07:35 Wednesday, 14 January 2015 07:30

European TourThe European Tour has appointed search firm Odgers Berndtson — a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants — to advise and assist on the hiring of a new Chief Executive of The European Tour, following George O’Grady’s recent announcement that he asked the Board of Directors to begin the process to appoint his successor.



2015 Champions Tour Season Starts Next Week at Mitsubishi Electric

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 20:01 Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:57

Bernhard LangerHUALALAI, Hawaii (Champions Tour Staff) — The Golf Writers Association of America recently announced Bernhard Langer as its Senior Player of the Year. Langer, 57, earned 90 percent of the vote. Two major championship wins were amongst the five titles he claimed in 2014. He also won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. Rory McIlroy won Male Player of the Year and Stacy Lewis was voted Female Player of the Year. It marks the second award for each player. The winners will be honored at the 43rd ISPS HANDA GWAA Annual Awards Dinner presented by The PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA on April 8 in Augusta, Ga.



Jiménez to Play Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:56 Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:51

Miguel Angel JimenezCYPRESS, California — Mitsubishi Electric announces its first global, corporate, player sponsorship with the signing of PGA TOUR, European Tour and Champions Tour golfer, Miguel Ángel Jiménez as its brand ambassador.

As part of the agreement, Jiménez, currently the 39th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, will wear the Mitsubishi Electric corporate logo on his golf shirt. He’ll wear the logo for the first time in the United States at the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., a corporate sponsor of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour since 2007, is title sponsor of this annual, season-opening Champions Tour event each January.



2015 Symetra Tour Season Opens in Arizona and California

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:39 Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:32

altDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, is excited to announce that the 2015 season will once again begin with a two-week west coast swing. The first event will be the third annual Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club the week of February 16-22 in Mesa, Arizona. Then, the Tour shifts to Beaumont, California the week of February 23 through March 1 for the Volvik Championship at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon.

Both events are 54-hole stroke play formats beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday.



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