Truth & Rumors: R&A boss says Rory McIlroy is the new Tiger

Sean Foley's not going to like this. Peter Dawson, who as chief of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club oversees the game everywhere in the world except for the United States and Mexico, said that Rory McIlroy will take over Tiger Woods's position as golf's major star, according to the BBC.

Rory McIlroy will replace Tiger Woods as the big golfing star, according to Peter Dawson, chief executive of the sport's governing body.
McIlroy, 23, is world number one while eighth-placed Woods, 36, struggles to regain his best form.
"You're really seeing the old guard in Tiger, he's only mid-30s, isn't he, and the young Rory," said the Royal and Ancient Club's Dawson. "Every generation has its stars and Rory is going to be this one."
Still, we're not sure if anyone would pay $10,000 for a seat in a "Rory Poker Night" tournament...  Mickelson will still play Houston in 2013 despite schedule change, still hates rough The Shell Houston Open has carved out a niche with its week-before-the-Masters spot in the PGA Tour schedule by setting the course up to be similar to Augusta National. Because of a scheduling quirk, Houston will be two weeks before the Masters next year, but Phil Mickelson says the tournament will still be his No. 1 Masters tune-up, according to My Fox Houston.
"I think this tournament has found a very good niche. A lot of players really enjoy coming here and getting ready for the Masters, because the superintendent does such a great job of setting the course up as close as possible to what we'll see the following week at Augusta."
The Valero Texas Open is the tournament that replaced the SHO next year in the week prior to the Masters.
"I think next year it's actually tougher for the players, because the course now in San Antonio is so different than Augusta, that I don't know if guys will still go there," Mickelson said. "I think they'll still come to Houston, because of the way the course is set up.
"I'm certainly planning on it, yes. I don't know why I wouldn't. I've played well here now the last couple of years, and again I think that it's a great way to prepare for the Masters because of what the setup is.
"Now listen, the fact there there's no rough really, it's first cut much like Augusta, anytime I see that sign me up."
Myanmar proves that golf and military dictatorships can co-exist Looking for a long shot in your 2016 Olympic golf pool? You couldn't find a darker horse than Myanmar. According to, golf is very popular in the Southeast Asian country, which has been under military rule since 1962.
After decades in the shadows, Myanmar's sudden opening-up to the outside is shining a new light on the country -- and revealing, amongst other things, one of Asia's most vibrant golf communities.
Behind Myanmar's "bamboo curtain", golf, a relic of British colonialism, has been an enduring pastime with scores of public courses -- often with green fees as low as US$5 -- and a dozen driving ranges in Yangon alone.
According to Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han, a highly successful Myanmar golfer who first represented his country at the 1980 World Cup, many visitors are taken aback when they see the extent of the country's facilities.
"People don't realise how popular golf is in Myanmar. They don't know that we already have such a strong golf culture," Han told AFP. 
Caroline Wozniacki makes music video (without Rory McIlroy)Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, one-half of the sports power couple known unfortunately as Wozzilroy, has a new music video. We wish Rory McIlroy would have appeared in the video, if only to see the tweets from Lee Westwood.

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