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Rory McIlroy
FedEx Cup Rank
FedExCup Points 0
Avg   70.6
Debut:   2007

Height:   5-9

Born:    5/4/1989
Handedness:   R
Weight:   161
Birthplace:   Northern Ireland
Resides:   Holywood, Northern Ireland

Date Tournament Place By Round Overall Earnings
Feb. 23 - Feb. 27 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
(t)17 Match Play NA $95,000
Mar. 3 - Mar. 6 The Honda Classic
(t)70 73-71-77-75 296 (+16) $11,286
Mar. 10 - Mar. 13 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
(t)10 68-69-69-74 280 (-8) $129,000
Apr. 7 - Apr. 10 The Masters
(t)15 65-69-70-80 284 (-4) $128,000
May 5 - May 8 Wells Fargo Championship
MC 75-72 147 $0
Jun. 2 - Jun. 5 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
5 66-72-71-68 277 (-11) $248,000
Jun. 16 - Jun. 19 U.S. Open Championship
1 65-66-68-69 268 (-16) $1,440,000
Jul. 14 - Jul. 17 The Open Championship
(t)25 71-69-74-73 287 (+7) $62,923
Aug. 4 - Aug. 7 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
(t)6 68-68-67-67 270 (-10) $215,000
Aug. 11 - Aug. 14 PGA Championship
(t)64 70-73-74-74 291 (+11) $15,400

Jim GavinJim GavinNew Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has started to make his mark on the senior squad by cutting Paul Brogan and Ross McConnell from the panel.

Neither was present when he outlined his future plans to a provisional squad of 50 players assembled on Friday, Nov 2nd.

It wasn’t a surprise since McConnell played no part in the last years Championship and Brogan appeared only once as a substitute due to a string of injuries.

This now means that of last year’s squad, the St Oliver Plunkett’s duo, along with Michael Savage, Eamon Fennell, Paul Casey and Thomas Quinn are now surplus to requirements.

However Gavin has a battle on his hand to secure the services of talented dual player Cormac Costello who was at the first meeting but has also attended a similar assembly for the 2013 hurlers.

It’s not yet clear whether Costello will try his hand at both codes or choose hurling instead.

On another note, Dessie Farrell was officially confirmed as the new Dublin U21 football manager at a full meeting of the county board on Monday 5th Nov.

The U21 hurling role has still yet to be decided.

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Mick O'DowdMick O'DowdMeath have a new manager after the unanimous appointment by the county board of Mick O’Dowd. He is the fifth man to manage The Royals since the departure of Sean Boylan seven years ago.

A spokesperson for the board commented that the county’s senior football team had been ‘chopping and changing managers’ for quite a while now and it was time to let the new man get on with the job of bringing some continuity back to Meath.

The fact that there was not one vote against his appointment underlines the fact that the county board think very highly of O’Dowd and the strong backroom team he has assembled.

After a distinguished career at club and at county level as a player for Meath, county board secretary, Cyril Creavin said that they had appointed the right man in O’Dowd.

Trevor Giles and Sean Kelly were also appointed as selectors while Colm Brady looks on course to be the team’s new physical trainer.

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The new GAA President Liam O’Neill has hinted that he would like to see the re-introduction of the controversial ‘sin-bin’ at inter-county level. He was involved in establishing it as an experiment back in 2009 but failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed at the time to make it a permanent rule change.

O’Neill said that he would be putting together a committee to look at and update the 2009 model.

However he stressed that it would be someone else’s job to try and push it through as a rule change.

The Laois official also emphasised that he wanted to see a situation where ‘the person who is wrong pays’.

It’s well known that the new GAA President also has strong beliefs on how the game should be played. O’Neill believes it has become boring with too much defensive play and believes the essence of Gaelic football is physical contact and moving forward.

The problem with that opinion is that physical contact by its very nature will ensure there is wrongdoing on the pitch. To counter this, a strong disciplinary process has to be in place. It’s not at present!


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The warning signs are there for all to see. I mentioned “hangover” time on the benches of the current Dublin squad back in February and that a new gameplan was vital for Dublin to win matches. Up to recently Dublin seemed to have begun to understand that concept, showing once again an aggressive attacking style of play which set them apart last year. The recent game against Armagh showed the team's dominance in front of goal which yielded them four goals. With their ability in defence to smother all comers last Sunday's match against Down should have been a further step up the league table.

But something went wrong with the script on the day and Down matched the incredible physical power of Dublin with controlled and effective forward play. Usually Dublin’s defence system is like a steam roller: strong tackling, swarming an opposing player with immense pressure.

The match against Down caused a few concerns for manager Pat Gilroy, namely the way the opposition half-forwards could find space and freedom to move under Dublin’s defensive system. This was not part of the new gameplan!

Some key players were missing but the rest of the squad, particularly the more experienced players, know only to well what happens when you give top half-forwards room on the ball.

Dublin’s next match is against Donegal and is a must-win if Gilroy's men are to put themselves in contention for a last-four spot.

One positive note from the Down game was how well Johnny Cooper played. The winning 2010 U21 captain certainly understands the senior team's defensive system and handled his duties well against Down.

Is a chink beginning to show in Dublin’s defensive armour? Let’s see if the 2012 gameplan will shine through.

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It’s “hangover” time on the benches of the current Dublin squad right now. Most pundits believe the team can shake this off and deliver more success – with one caveat: last year’s gameplan which helped them win the All Ireland won’t work this year.

People are saying: “Well it’s only the league” – but two losses already don’t make for pretty reading.

The team’s age profile is young but they are going to have to have a very big squad of in-form players to make it all the way again this year.

Dublin want a second All-Ireland back to back and many older players certainly will not be satisfied with the “one hit wonder” tag label.

Manager Pat Gilroy bloodied Craig Dias last week against Kerry and tried out a new combination in midfield but the stats said it all. They lost by eight points against their arch enemies.

Saturday’s match against Mayo in Castlebar will be a big test for Dublin and the emphasis should be on starting to build a bit of momentum now. Winning matches at faraway venues is one way of team-building and also acts as a great morale boster. That’s why this next chapter in Dublin’s 2012 crusade is so important.

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The GAA and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have just signed a sponsorship deal for three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). For both bodies, it represents a potentially lucrative contract for attracting other sponsors.

PwC is the largest professional services firm in Ireland and provides integrated audit, tax and advisory services across all industries in Ireland and internationally.

It is PwC’s first entry into GAA territory and the company has pledged to work with both organisations particularly in the area of player development schemes.

The fact that the deal involves both the GAA and the GPA shows just how far the protocol agreement has progressed since it was first agreed between the parties 12 months ago. GPA chairman Donal Óg Cusack commented that both associations had come a long way in creating mutual respect since then.

GAA president Christy Cooney said the deal’s finer details had still to be worked out such as what specific events would be sponsored. He added: “We also need to work out how we can support them and vice versa.”

The GAA and GPA also stressed their confidence to attract other deals similar in quality to that agreed with PwC. It seems a matter of what quality of brand best fits with the association.

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They may have just hit the jackpot in 2011 but Dublin’s manager, Pat Gilroy, has already told his players that he wants to retain the All-Ireland in 2012. It’s a feat that is rare. Only one team in each of the last three decades has achieved the distinction – Meath in 1988, Cork in 1990 and Kerry in 2007.

Gilroy knows Dublin won last year by a single point. To repeat that victory this year they will have to up the ante significantly to have any chance of success.

The new season really starts off for Dublin in the O’Byrne Cup this Sunday, January 8th, when they are away to Carlow. These fixtures are where the players have to catch the eye of Gilroy.

He doesn’t believe in sacred cows and all the panel of 2011 realise they have to fight to keep their place this year.

Keep an eye out for one new and very talented player who will be pushing hard for a regular place on the 2012 Dublin championship squad, Sean Murray.

Last year he played the O’Byrne Cup and also in the league but never figured once in any part of the All-Ireland squad. He had a great run with his club, St Brigid’s, during the same year so he will be pushing the more senior players for a place this year.

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Westmeath v Antrim;
Laois v Carlow.
Laois/Carlow v Dublin; Westmeath/Antrim v Galway.
Semi-finals: Galway/Westmeath/Antrim v Offaly/Wexford;
Laois/Carlow/Dublin v Kilkenny.
Leinster SFC
First round
Westmeath v Louth,
Longford v Laois,
Meath v Wicklow.
Westmeath/Louth v Dublin, Longford/Laois v Wexford, Meath/Wicklow v Carlow,
Offaly v Kildare.
Westmeath/Louth/Dublin v Longford/Laois/Wexford; Meath/Wicklow/Carlow v Offaly/Kildare.
Munster SHC
Tipperary v Limerick.
Clare v Waterford;
Cork v Tipperary/Limerick.
Munster SFC
Waterford v Limerick;
Kerry v Tipperary
Clare v Waterford/Limerick,
Cork v Kerry/Tipperary.
Connacht SFC
New York v Sligo, Galway v Roscommon;
London v Leitrim.
New York/Sligo v Galway/Roscommon;
Mayo v London/Leitrim.
Ulster SFC
Preliminary round
Cavan v Donegal.
Cavan/Donegal v Derry;
Fermanagh v Down;
Monaghan v Antrim;
Armagh v Tyrone.
Fermanagh/Down v Monaghan/Antrim;
Cavan/Donegal/Derry v Armagh/Tyrone

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