Speed up Golf says Rory McIlroy

After his second place finish at the Sports Personality of the Year Awards on Sunday, Rory McIlroy is after speeding up the game of golf, to attract more youngsters into golf.

Living in a time pressed society, it is very true that people don’t have 5 or 6 hours to spend on the course each week.

In fact Sport England figures show that the number of 16-25-year-olds playing the game regularly almost halved between 2009-10 and 2012-13.

Here is an analysis from the BBC’s golf correspondent Iain Carter – we totally agree a shorter course or shorter rounds does reduce the time looking for lost balls and getting closer to the hole.

BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter reviews the sport of Golf
How should golf change to appeal to young people?

McIlroy, who famously appeared on television to chip golf balls into a washing machine at the age of nine, wants young people to follow his example and take up the sport early in life.

Clubs should now be encouraging nine-hole courses in family friendly environments such as 9 hole pitch and putt or minigolf greens.  This is where the art of the sport is developed, particularly as putting is such an important part of most players game.

Let’s get Rory McIlroy playing crazy golf!  What do you think?

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Source: Speed up Golf to attract more youngsters by BBC News

McIlroy hits hole in one in spectators pocket

A shot from Rory McIlroy over the weekend made headlines as the ball hit a tree and somehow managed to land inside the trouser pocket of a fan who was watching his round.  An interesting hole in one!

The spectator then stood still until McIlroy could make his way to him. After a brief conversation and bringing in the nearest rules official, McIlroy dropped the ball beneath the pocket of the fan and then found the green and managed to make par. The fan got to shake hands with the world’s No. 1 player, but sadly didn’t get to keep the ball as a souvenir.

A good-natured McIlroy later spoke to reporters about the incident.

Rory's hole in one shot goes into spectators pocket
McIlroy's conference after hole in one shot goes into spectator's pocket

What is your funniest shot?  Have you made a spectacular hole in one shot like this before?