Winners of the U.S. Kids Golf National Players of the Year Award for the 2012 season are Yujeong Son, 11, of Norman, Okla., and Michael Thorbjornsen, 10, of Wellesley, Mass.
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Rory McIlroy has put his house in Northern Ireland up for sale, likely to help pave the way for him to relocate more permanently to the United States.
McIlroy’s house in Moneyreagh, a suburb in the hills above Belfast, has been listed for £2 million (about $2.5 million), according to a story by the Press Association, Britain’s newswire.
"I would say interest in the house will be extremely good, both locally and potentially worldwide," Michael Rodgers, a partner in the real estate firm handling the sale, told the Press Association. "We will have to wait and see."
The five-bedroom house, situated on 14 acres, also includes a gym in an adjoining refurbished stone barn as well as an extensive practice area with a putting green and driving range.
"I have really enjoyed living here. It is a really special place which has allowed me to relax and unwind -- when I get time," McIlroy was quoted in the house’s sales brochure. "With the privacy and seclusion of the location it is hard to believe the house is only 25 minutes from Belfast city centre and City airport.
"The space the house offers is bright and airy and there are views over the gardens and the pond from most rooms. The house has always been busy with friends and family and has suited us on all occasions."
McIlroy has said little about his future plans, but has been renting a house in Florida. His parents still live in his hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup next week or anytime soon. But we can have a little bit of the Ryder Cup with us out on the course (or hanging up in our offices) with either of a couple of sporty Ryder Cup-themed towels from Devant.
The Official 2012 Commemorative Artwork towel showcases the Medinah clubhouse in a brilliantly colored image created by famed sports artist LeRoy Nieman that is also featured on posters, prints and other products. The graphics are applied with Devant’s patented Hi-Def digital technology, which allows Devant to reproduce the detailed artwork while keeping the towel soft and ready to use. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, it measures 16-by-24 inches and retails for $24.95.
If you’d rather have a towel with the Ryder Cup logo, there is one that features the logo with "Medinah 2012" in the background. Like the clubhouse towel, this one measures 16-by-24 inches, is made of cotton-polyester blend and features graphics applied in such a way as to make the image especially sharp while keeping the towel soft and functional. This one retails for $19.95.
Sure, Europe’s Justin Rose shot 4 under on Thursday to share the lead at the Tour Championship, and Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy slipped into the top 12 at 1 under, but Team America put on a show.
Tiger Woods also shot 4 under to lead while Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar finished the day a shot back at 3 under. Not only did Stricker and Kuchar play well, perhaps more importantly to Captain Love, they putted great. Kuchar said afterward, “It was a fantastic putting performance. I didn’t hit it my best, but thankfully my short game was great, and putting, in particular, was really strong.”
Brandt Snedeker also putted like a fiend to shoot 2 under, while Phil Mickelson hit some of the best iron shots of his life en route to shooting 1 under. “I’m hitting my irons really, really well,” Phil told me behind the East Lake clubhouse after Thursday’s round. “I only hit one bad putt all day, but I misread a lot of them. Hopefully I can get that corrected, because I’m hitting them on the line I want.”
Zach Johnson finished the day birdie-birdie to shoot 2 under, while Bubba Watson shot 33 on the back nine to get in at minus-1 along with Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson.
The only American Ryder Cupper to shoot over par on Thursday was Webb Simpson. But Simpson had five birdies in his 1-over round.
Again, it’s a long week and an even longer time until the first shot of the matches. But if being hot matters going in, the Americans have to like what they see.