Tiger Woods is finishing the month of June by playing in the AT&T National, at Congressional Country Club in Maryland. At the same time, Rory McIlroy is competing in The Irish Open, at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Though they are many miles apart, playing on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, they are each five shots behind the leaders after the first round on Thursday, June 28, 2012.
Tiger Woods: A winner of 14 major championships, currently fourth in the world rankings, Woods bogeyed two holes on the back nine to post a score of 72 at Congressional. Bo Van Pelt, an Indiana native, leads the AT&T with a 4-under par 67, after a round which included two birdies and an eagle in one four hole stretch. Overall, Tiger Woods is tied for 30th position after Thursday's first round.
Rory McIlroy: The 2011 U.S. Open champion, currently ranked #2 in the world, McIlroy bogeyed two of his last three holes to finish with a score of 70 on the Dunluce Links. At the top of the leaderboard, with 7-under par 65s, are Gregory Bourdy of France, and Jeev Milkha Singh of India. Overall, Rory McIlroy is tied for 53rd place after the first 18 holes.
Open Prep: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are using this week's tournaments as preparation for the 2012 Open Championship, which will be played July 19th to 22nd at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, in Lancashire, England. Woods, now age 36, has three Open Championships in his career, the last coming in 2006 at Royal Liverpool. The 23-year-old McIlroy won his first career major at the 2011 U.S. Open, and hopes to make the 2012 Open Championship his first victory in this historic competition, which has been played since 1860.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.sources:
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