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May 23, 2015

Manassero refusing to panic over rankings slide

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Matteo Manassero has endured a frustrating time since winning the BMW PGA Championship two years ago but is refusing to panic because he believes he is performing well enough to turn the corner.

The Italian burst on to the scene in 2010 by landing the Castello Masters title in Spain, becoming the youngest European Tour champion in history at the age of 17 years and 188 days.

May 22, 2015

Molinari keeps motoring but it’s misery for McIlroy

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events.

McIlroy’s back-nine 42 was riddled with errors and a miserable three-putt effort from 20 feet at the last hole meant he plunged to a six-over 78 and a five-over tally of 149.

May 22, 2015

McIlroy misses cut as Molinari keeps Wentworth lead

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari recovered from a shaky start to maintain his lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday while title holder Rory McIlroy missed the cut for only the third time in 45 events.

Birdies were in short supply for world number one McIlroy as he plunged to a 78 that meant he missed the cut on five-over 149.

May 22, 2015

No glory is Rory’s story as McIlroy misses cut

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy missed the cut after ballooning to a six-over-par 78 in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday.

The title holder frittered away stroke after stroke at the European Tour’s flagship event and his five-over total of 149 meant he missed the cut by a considerable margin.

May 22, 2015

Slump means Quiros must handle demons better

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Alvaro Quiros had the golfing world at his feet in 2011 but the big-hitting Spaniard seems a tortured soul these days and it is clear his self belief has been battered by three seasons of toil and pain.

Quiros triumphed six times in a golden spell between 2007 and 2011, the highlight victory coming at the prestigious end-of-season DP World Tour Championship in Dubai four years ago.

May 21, 2015

Ford fights back tears as he remembers bad times

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Matt Ford had to wait a long time to achieve his golfing dreams and the Briton still gets emotional when describing the trials and tribulations he endured before getting his tour card at the age of 36.

Ford twice went close to giving up the game and only six months ago was contemplating the prospect of becoming a postman when he suddenly made the breakthrough he longed for, progressing through Qualifying School at the 10th time of asking.

May 21, 2015

Molinari hits the front at Wentworth while McIlroy toils

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Francesco Molinari has gone three years without a win but his golfing radar was back in good working order as he raced into a two-shot lead with an opening 65 at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Italian crammed seven birdies in a flawless seven-under-par effort at Wentworth while world number one Rory McIlroy could only manage a 71 on a day of unbroken sunshine on the outskirts of London.

May 21, 2015

Frustrated McIlroy settles for one-under at Wentworth

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – British fans, starved of top-notch golf for seven months, turned out in their droves for the BMW PGA Championship first round on Thursday and the main attraction was world number one Rory McIlroy.

The Florida-based Northern Irishman, back on home soil for the first time since October, was less than satisfied with an opening one-under-par 71 and showed his displeasure with the occasional flash of indiscipline.

May 20, 2015

Leaderboard fear factor is a definite plus for McIlroy

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy believes there is something of a fear factor when rival golfers see his name on a leaderboard these days.

The Northern Irishman has already scooped four major victories by the age of 26 and, with three tour wins to his credit this season, he is again on course on dominate the golfing landscape just like he did in 2012 and 2014.

May 20, 2015

Combining Europe with U.S. is tough juggling act: McDowell

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) – Ryder Cup stalwart Graeme McDowell has explained how hard a juggling act it is for the top European players to commit to events on their home circuit and compete in the best tournaments in the U.S.

The European Tour has struggled to find new sponsors and keep tournaments on its schedule in recent years with the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, third-ranked Henrik Stenson and number six Justin Rose spending most of their time in the U.S.

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