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McDowell sends McIlroy 'love' text

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10:22 AM ET 04.10 | Rory McIlroy got a laugh in the Masters media room Saturday when he relayed a message from his pal, Graeme McDowell, a fellow countryman from Northern Ireland. "Actually, he just texted me and told me he loves me," McIlroy said. "I don't know if that;s him or the beer talking." McDowell, winner of last summer's U.S. Open, missed the Masters' cut on Friday, but he stuck around to follow McIlroy on Saturday at Augusta National.

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April 10, 2011  07:47 PM ET

Rory was channeling his inner Norman.

April 11, 2011  08:53 AM ET

at least he had something to laugh about on saturday...sunday must have been nothing but tears.

April 11, 2011  12:17 PM ET
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Rory was channeling his inner Norman.

That's a tad harsh Jake.

You know as well as anyone that a 21 year old on the last day has a better than even chance of folding up like a cheap tent than playing as if he didn't feel pressure.

What got me afterword was Brandel Chamblee. He just can't give up his man love for Showboat. Instead of waxing on about winner he, once again, gave all the credit to Tiger Woods for getting young people around the world interested in golf. What did he think, after Jack Nicklaus dies no one will ever take up the game? If Chamblee had his way, he would give Woods credit for balancing the budget, curing cancer and parting the Red Sea.

He needs to get his nose out of Wood's ****. If fact, if TGC got rid of Tilghman and Chamblee they would make the network more compelling and a lot more interesting to watch.

April 11, 2011  12:30 PM ET

Gary Van Sickle needs to curb his man love for Woods also.

Get a life Van Sickle.

The only thing that Tiger proved during the Masters is that he is still a petulant and immature jerk.

And, it doesn't matter if he wins 10 more majors. He's still a rotten, no good philanderer.

So, while the rest of America things he's lower than a centipede, media fools like you still want to shove him down our throats.

Try writing about something other than Tiger, Gary boring Sickle.

April 11, 2011  12:45 PM ET
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Gary Van Sickle needs to curb his man love for Woods also.Get a life Van Sickle. The only thing that Tiger proved during the Masters is that he is still a petulant and immature jerk. And, it doesn't matter if he wins 10 more majors. He's still a rotten, no good philanderer.So, while the rest of America things he's lower than a centipede, media fools like you still want to shove him down our throats. Try writing about something other than Tiger, Gary boring Sickle.

I take your point too much tiger love out there - having said that you sound a little harsh- his 5 under on the fron did make for more interesting TV. What the announcers truly missed was Schwartzel - closing out at the Masters with 4 straight bridies is unbelievable for anyone let alone a first time major winner

April 11, 2011  01:08 PM ET
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That's a tad harsh Jake.You know as well as anyone that a 21 year old on the last day has a better than even chance of folding up like a cheap tent than playing as if he didn't feel pressure.What got me afterword was Brandel Chamblee. He just can't give up his man love for Showboat. Instead of waxing on about winner he, once again, gave all the credit to Tiger Woods for getting young people around the world interested in golf. What did he think, after Jack Nicklaus dies no one will ever take up the game? If Chamblee had his way, he would give Woods credit for balancing the budget, curing cancer and parting the Red Sea.He needs to get his nose out of Wood's ****. If fact, if TGC got rid of Tilghman and Chamblee they would make the network more compelling and a lot more interesting to watch.

You're probably right. He's got plenty of time to win his first major. He'll likely shrug it off and be in the mix at the US Open.

April 11, 2011  01:10 PM ET
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I take your point too much tiger love out there - having said that you sound a little harsh- his 5 under on the fron did make for more interesting TV. What the announcers truly missed was Schwartzel - closing out at the Masters with 4 straight bridies is unbelievable for anyone let alone a first time major winner

That was a historic way to win your first major. I can't seem to shake the feeling that this guy is a one and doner though. However, South Africa has certainly been home to a number of great golfers who have stood the test of time so we'll see if this guy is the latest edition to that august group.

April 11, 2011  04:33 PM ET
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Gary Van Sickle needs to curb his man love for Woods also.Get a life Van Sickle. The only thing that Tiger proved during the Masters is that he is still a petulant and immature jerk. And, it doesn't matter if he wins 10 more majors. He's still a rotten, no good philanderer.So, while the rest of America things he's lower than a centipede, media fools like you still want to shove him down our throats. Try writing about something other than Tiger, Gary boring Sickle.

Jonis, How are you any different. All you do on these threads is vent your Tiger hate. Let it go. This is about McIlroy, why do you have to make it about Tiger?

April 12, 2011  08:06 AM ET
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Jonis, How are you any different. All you do on these threads is vent your Tiger hate. Let it go. This is about McIlroy, why do you have to make it about Tiger?

You're right. I do. I guess I am focused on guys still trying to shove Woods down our throats even though they should know better.

It's just that I'm sick of media writers and broadcasters and all they can think of writing about is: when is Woods coming back, when will he be normal again, the world can't do without him, he is the reason that the world keeps spinning and on and on.

They sound gushing and sophmoric like little kids. You're right, it's time to move on. Can you tell that to the fist full of stupid golf writers and Brandel Chamblee?

April 12, 2011  11:22 AM ET
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You're right. I do. I guess I am focused on guys still trying to shove Woods down our throats even though they should know better.It's just that I'm sick of media writers and broadcasters and all they can think of writing about is: when is Woods coming back, when will he be normal again, the world can't do without him, he is the reason that the world keeps spinning and on and on.They sound gushing and sophmoric like little kids. You're right, it's time to move on. Can you tell that to the fist full of stupid golf writers and Brandel Chamblee?

That's not going to happen Jon. The whole "will he make it back to his prior form" story has legs for years to come. It's an easy story for the media to write and guarantees a large following because Woods is such a polarizing figure. Not too many people are indifferent about Woods, they either love him or hate him. By continuing to write and talk about him, the media is taking the path of least resistance, an unfortunate failing that we all indulge in from time to time :)

April 12, 2011  12:02 PM ET

McIlroy is certainly a class act and a young man with a tremendous future. A 21 year old with limitless talent, humble, articulate.........what's not to like? He said his flop on Sunday was a chance for him to learn. Didn't blame anything on his coach, other players, fans or anybody else. I think he's great and will be pulling for him in the future.

April 12, 2011  02:58 PM ET
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You're right. I do. I guess I am focused on guys still trying to shove Woods down our throats even though they should know better.It's just that I'm sick of media writers and broadcasters and all they can think of writing about is: when is Woods coming back, when will he be normal again, the world can't do without him, he is the reason that the world keeps spinning and on and on.They sound gushing and sophmoric like little kids. You're right, it's time to move on. Can you tell that to the fist full of stupid golf writers and Brandel Chamblee?

What it will take is for McIlroy or maybe Day or some yet unknown to play like Tiger played consistently. These guys all seem to have the potential, but like him or not, Tiger played at an amazing level for a long time, and now that's what the media wants.

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April 13, 2011  09:42 AM ET

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April 13, 2011  09:44 AM ET

April 13, 2011  12:09 PM ET

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April 14, 2011  09:34 AM ET

you know when you're at a nice restaurant having a dinner that includes a nice porterhouse. you're about halfway through and during one bite the piece of steak you're trying to swallow gets lodge sideways in your throat. at first you're not worried thinking it will go down. but then you start to panic when you realize it's not going down any further and you're realizing you can't breathe. you know that sound you start to make when your body tries to dislodge the piece of steak. if i could spell that sound, i'd write it here. it's spelled something like CHOKE.

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