As reigning World Number One, four-time Major Champion and with two previous - and victorious - Ryder Cup caps under his belt, Rory McIlroy will take his place amongst Paul McGinley's European side at Gleneagles as something of a veteran. Fresh from another glittering year which has so far yielded the 25 year old Northern Irishman four highly impressive victories - including a maiden BMW PGA Championship title, a first Claret Jug after a stunning triumph at The Open Championship at Hoylake in July and a second Wanamaker Trophy following a hard-fought victory at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla last month - McIlroy's thoughts will now be turning towards Perthshire, Scotland, and the revered biennial match play contest. "I'm ready to accept the responsibility of being one of the top guys in the team this year," said McIlroy, who made his Ryder Cup bow at Celtic Manor in 2010, winning two points from four matches as a rookie in what was a thrilling 141/2-131/2 win for Colin Montgomerie's men.
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel's wife gave birth to their first child Tuesday night, two days after his Tour Championship victory in Atlanta.
Rick Cloninger advanced to the U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinals Tuesday, beating qualifying medalist Alan Fadel and David Szewczul at Big Canyon. The 57-year-old Cloninger, from Fort Mill, South Carolina, routed Fadel, from Toledo, Ohio, 7 and 6 in the second round, and edged Szewczul, from Farmington, Connecticut, with a birdie on the 19th hole. ''It was a big day,'' said Cloninger, a construction equipment consultant who played baseball and football at Wofford College.
On Sunday, Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup -- and the $10 million bonsus that goes with it. Skylar Lillian Horschel arrived at 8:48 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and Horschel was quick to post a an Instagram photo of his brand-new daughter snuggled in the arms of her mother, Britt. I've never met Britt, but she is already one of my favorite PGA Tour wives.
Former Alabama tennis player Susan West won two matches Tuesday in the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at Hollywood Golf Club. The 50-year-old West, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, beat Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 2 and 1 in the second round, and topped Martha Leach of Hebron, Kentucky, 1 up in the third round. ''This afternoon, I played as solid a round of golf as I have in a long time.'' Leach upset two-time defending champion Ellen Port of St. Louis 3 and 2 in the second round.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy is the Vardon Trophy winner and the PGA of America's player of the year for the second time.
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy won recognition for his stellar campaign on Tuesday when he was named winner of the 2013-14 PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average. For the 25-year-old Northern Irishman, who has two major titles among his four wins worldwide this year, it marked the second time in three seasons that he has captured both awards. McIlroy won consecutive majors at the British Open and PGA Championship, sandwiched around his win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, in the 2013-14 season and finished number one on the tour money list. ...
Tom Watson didn't appear to be kicking himself. On the day after Billy Horschel posted his 12th straight round in the 60s, won his second straight tournament against a world-class field and picked up an additional $10 million bonus as the FedEx Cup champion, Watson was kicking back in his seat at a Kansas City Royals game. The 65-year-old Ryder Cup captain wore a Royals cap and a constant grin as he watched Omar Infante work the count to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. These questions will follow Watson and his American team to Gleneagles next week for the Ryder Cup: Does he wish he could have Horschel on his team?