McIlroy Drive Golf Industry In Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland economy, Golf is now worth over £2.5m a week it has emerged.

The popularity of the sport here has been boosted  because of the Major-winning successes of Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy. The highlighted fact is a £130m golf industry of Northern Ireland now supports over 2,200 jobs.

A fresh research, which is a first of its kind made by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), highlights a fact. The fact is that the main beneficiary of the funds is club membership, equipment and hospitality.

Nevertheless, it is also important to note that the figures for Northern Ireland, are dwarfed by the Republic, these those people who take golf very seriously. Here the enthusiasts of golf, spend approximately £328m in a year. And the sport is their favorite past-time. The fact is, out of the Republic’s total consumer spending, golf is responsible for 0.4% and the amount is 17% on sport generally.

The study made by the Satellite Account for Golf (SAFG) in the Republic of Ireland revealed that in the country, there were 103,000 golfers present who are adult, while the Republic has approximately 281,000. (more…)


The 2016 calendar for golfing activities is nearing its end and with just a handful of golf tournaments left, here are a few of the golfing funnies that were witnessed in the last 12 months gone by.

At the Nedbank Golf Challenge, a spectator had gotten much more involved in the action on ground that day than he would have wanted to as he tripped over to fall into a hazard in a bid to move out of the line of sight of Thomas Aiken.

At the Honda Classic, Sergio Garcia in an attempt to position himself well for his next shot, he was forced to enter into a hazard full of alligators and snakes. He was able to get his ball back on the fairway after wading into the water, before he quickly came back on to the dry land.

The 2016 had seen Rory McIlroy at the very best of his career, especially as he went on to register an amazing three wins and some quite large earnings, He however sent the social media in a frenzy during the build up to the 145th Open with a moment to remember. (more…)

Rory McIlroy Decompress With Wedding Planning

Unlike most of the golfers who are partying after the end of Ryder Cup, Rory McIlroy is busy with his wedding planning.

According to McIlroy, this is his way of decompressing Ryder Cup sting. He has plans three days for weddings, meetings and he is very excited with that.

McIlroy is getting married to his long time girlfriend Erica Stoll.  Earlier to Stoll, McIlroy was associated with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. They have been in a relationship for a long time and have done their ring ceremony too. In 2014, McIlroy dumped Wozniacki moved out of the relationship.

After the end of McIlroy and Wozniacki, the golf champ was taunted everywhere. However, McIlroy chose to remain silent on comments and so on with his overwhelming performances in golf he cleared off that talk. Speaking about responsibilities shared in wedding preparation, McIlroy said “I like to be part of my wedding ceremony preparation, but I will let Erica to lead the event and manage things” (more…)

McIlroy Heading To Drawing Board

Rory McIlroy was not pleased a wee bit after failing to make it to the cut for the second time in this year’s golfing season.

He felt that his performance in the ongoing US PGA majors in New Jersey was pathetic and needs to visit the drawing board in order to get rid of his poor form at the majors. This is a happy sign for all Rory fans as the golfer is determined to get back his good from and perform well in the majors.

Even after missing to make a single birdie on his opening 74, McIlroy stuck to his task and concentrated hard to reach the last home where a par could have extended his tournament. But, unfortunately he failed miserably at the 18th.

McIlroy, world number 4 player, has decided that he needs to rethink his game and strategy. He has made up his mind to get back into the drawing board and make a few changes in his game that will help him to play better. It is not that his performance was very bad at the US PGA championships, but luck deserted him at the 18th.

Gary Player motivated Rory McIlroy to step up his fitness regime

For a long time, Rory McIlroy has credited Gary Player as how this South African has played a role in his fitness regime.

He used to apply a different treatment for the Northern Irishman by calling him fat. Remember, 7 to 8 years back when McIlroy had hair sticking out at all the places and puppy fat around his belly. He was scrambling with a back complaint.

The South African, pinching McIlroy’s belly, told that ‘You need to get fit Rory, look at that weight you’re carrying. You need to strengthen your core.’

Gary, who might be as popular these days for his commitment to fitness as his 9 major championship victories, then invited Rory to punch him in stomach. As one can could imagine – for who wants to punch a legend deep into his 70s, – Rory’s first few attempts were quite doubtful. (more…)

McIlRoy Admits Defeat To 17-year-old Golfer

McIlRoy might be the #1 golfer at the moment but he recently had to admit defeat to a young 17-year-old golfer Brad Dalke. The two had an arm wrestling session where the teen American golfer beat the world’s No. 1 hands down.

Before Friday, Dalke was a much raved-about junior golfers across the country but his latest with Rory in a completely different game surely rendered one more feather in his cap.

The two met at a Nike event hosted at South Carolina’s Sage Valley Golf Club where McIlRoy agreed to have an arm wrestling session with the teen golfer- which actually proved as a huge mistake for the #1. The teen golfer crushed the world’s numero uno golfer within seconds. What more, he even went to uploading the arm-wrestling video online with “Sorry Rory”.

It was a great surprise appearance for the North Irishman at that Nike clinic where he amazed everybody with some pep talk. However, when it was about strength display, it was Brad Dalke who happened to surpass even the golf legend.

Rory was seemingly impressed with Brad and as both of them were about to start with their elbows on the table, McIlroy raved about Brad’s strong biceps.

“See this”, remarked Rory pointing to Brad’s arm. “No chance.” (more…)