Tuesday 16 January 2018

TrackIng McIlroy's 2012 highs and lows


Dec 31: Very humbled to receive an MBE in the Queen's new year honours list. What a great way to end an incredible year! Thank you to all the people who have helped and supported me so far in my career. Hopefully the best is still yet to come!

Dec 31 (Thailand): Hope 2012 is a great year for everyone!

McIlroy then Re-Tweets greeting from @CaroWozniacki: Happy New Year from @McIlroyRory and me in Thailand)


Jan 5 (Moneyreagh): Had a great time in Thailand over New Year. Now home for a week to get ready for the start of the 2012 season! #bringiton

(On Jan 9, Caroline Wozniacki Tweets: Some people have told me I am picking up a bit of an Irish accent when I talk ... Uh oh not good!)

Jan 9: Rory McIlroy replies: Hey!!! What's wrong with that accent!?

Jan 13 (Dubai): Massive night for @UlsterRugby!! I'm standing up in Dubai for the Ulster Men! #SUFTUM

Jan 16: Unfortunately not in Melbourne as I'm getting ready for my season in Dubai. Looks like @CaroWozniacki's doing just fine without me! #number1

Jan 17: Gym time with @haza136 (Harry Diamond). Time to get his stick arms a bit bigger ??

Jan 19: The European Tour Tweets: @McIlroyRory's sublime teeshot at the 10th in final rd of US Open Champs is voted 2011 European Tour Shot of the Year)

Jan 21: Wired up doing some TPI 3D testing today in Dubai. Unbelievable amount of information available these days!

Jan 22: Myself and @haza136 (Harry Diamond) took great pleasure in taking the money off @shanelowrygolf and Neil Manchip this morning! ???

Jan 24 (Abu Dhabi): Good 9 holes with @tigerwoods today... Looking forward to playing with him and @LukeDonald in rounds 1&2! Great way to kick off 2012!

Jan 26 (Abu Dhabi, Rd 1, 67): Solid start to the season! But more importantly big congrats to my manager Conor Ridge and his wife Emma on the birth of their first child!

Jan 27 (Rd 2, 72): Apparently I missed an unbelievable tennis match today! Was busy making birdies, bogeys and others!! Need to limit mistakes at the weekend!

Jan 29 (Rd 4, 69, finished 2nd one behind R Rock): 2 shot penalty on Friday cost me in the end ... still, not a bad way to start the 2012 season. Congrats to Rocky, very solid down the stretch.


Feb 1 (Dubai): On my way to pick @CaroWozniacki up from the airport. Haven't seen her in a month! #excited

Feb 3: Great practice session this morning! #flushingit #happyboy.

Feb 5: Come on Ireland!!! (Playing Wales in Six Nations).

Feb 6: Cinema tonight with @CaroWozniacki :) #goodtimes

Feb 8 (Wednesday, Dubai Desert Classic): Productive day at the course, feeling good about this week! Now off to be ball boy at @CaroWozniacki's practice session.... ????????

Feb 9 (Dubai Rd 1, 66) After a slow start -7 for the last 10 holes was pretty nice! Need to keep it going early tomorrow morning!

Feb 10 (Rd 2 65): Another great day in Dubai! Exciting weekend ahead.... Now for an afternoon nap! ??????

Feb 11 (Rd 3 72): Bit of a scrappy day on the course but only 2 back going into tomorrow! On the upside, Man U doing a job on Liverpool! :)) @CaroWozniacki

Feb 12 (Rd 4 71, T5 behind Rafael Cabrera-Bello): No Tweets.

Feb 14: Hope everyone has a great valentines day! I just had a lovely dinner with my valentine @CaroWozniacki :)

Feb 19: Excited to be flying out to play my first event in the US this year. 20hr trip to Arizona from Dubai! 24 (DVD) and two books should keep me busy!

Feb 22 (Accenture Match Play): Gym time! Up at 5.30 for a 12.25 tee time. Need to do something to get the morning in! #jetlag

Feb 22 (Rd 1, bt G Coetzee, 2 up): Somehow fell over the line today! Tough for George to finish the way he did.

Feb 23 (Rd 2, bt A Hansen 3/2): Glad to be thru to the 3rd round. Need to cut out the mistakes to keep progressing! #4moretogo

Feb 24 (Rd 3, bt MA Jimenez 3/1): Great to be thru to the quarter finals tomorrow! Played well for the most part. Exciting weekend ahead! #3moretogo

Feb 25 (Rd 4, bt SM Bae 3/2): Happy with how my game has progressed since Wednesday. Will need to step it up another notch against Lee tomorrow morning!

Feb 26 (semi-final bt L Westwood 3/1, final lost to H Mahan 2/1): Well, it wasn't to be this week! Congrats to Hunter, impressive play all week, deserving winner! #onwardsandupwards

Feb 27: Ok tweeps, my beautiful girlfriend @CaroWozniacki is very close to 300,000 followers. Let's see if we can get her to 500,000 ASAP!!


Mar 1 (West Palm Beach, Florida): My mums homemade chilli! #awesome

Mar 1 (Honda Classic, Rd 1 66): Very solid start today! 66 on that course any day is pretty good.

Mar 4 (Wins Honda Classic, flies to New York): What a day! Very honoured and proud to be the worlds number 1 golfer! Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way

Mar 5 (New York): Great day in NYC. Thanks 2 the N.Y.A.C for letting me use their facilities! Can't wait to watch @CaroWozniacki tonight. #madisonsquaregarden

Mar 5: Never thought I'd play tennis at Madison square garden!! Had a great time watching @CaroWozniacki and Maria out there! I even won a point!

Mar 8 (Doral Resort, Miami, WGC Cadillac, Rd 1 73): Wasn't much good out there today... But still only 4 shots off the top 5. Good round tomorrow and it's all to play for at the weekend!

Mar 9 (Rd 2 69): Punishing myself in the gym after another average day on the course! At least I get to play with @graeme_mcdowell 2mrw!

Mar 10 (Rd 3 65): I'm not sure I can be disappointed with 7 under, but if I can today was the day! Could have been a really low one! Plenty of positives tho!

Mar 10: At the @AAarena to watch @MiamiHEAT tonight! Can't wait to see @DwyaneWade, @KingJames and co in action!

Mar 10 (The Heat win) Great job tonight! You guys pulled thru big time!! McIlroy re-tweets this: @DwyaneWade S/O to @McIlroyRory for coming thru and showing us love 2nite.

Mar 11 (Rd 4 Doral 67, finishes third to J Rose): Too little too late unfortunately! Still, have to be pleased with that weekend! 3 weeks off before Augusta! Can't wait!

Mar 14 (Washington, for David Cameron State Dinner at White House): Just landed in D.C... First time back since June... Last thing I remember about this city is drinking champagne from the US open trophy!

Mar 15: Unbelievable experience at the White House last night! Big thanks to @BarackObama for the invite! We'll get that golf swing sorted soon!

Mar 17: Happy St Patricks day everyone!! Ireland beating England at Twickenham would make it just about perfect!!

(On Mar 18, Caroline Wozniacki tweets from West Palm Beach: Had a lovely day yesterday, tennis and gym in the morning and shopping with @McIlroyRory afterwards:).

Mar 18 (Luke Donald wins Transitions, retakes No 1): Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!

Mar 27 (Augusta National GC): Great practice this morning with JP and my dad... Excited to be going back down to Miami to watch @CaroWozniacki in the (Sony Open) QF's tonight!


Apr 2: On my way to Augusta this afternoon.. Going offline for the rest of this week. Thank you all for your support in advance.

Apr 9 (Finishes tied for 40th at Masters after poor final two rounds): Well that wasn't my best weekend ever! Still a few more chances to get my hands on a Green Jacket! Well done to @bubbawatson! Awesome win!

Apr 9: About to jump on plane to Copenhagen. @CaroWozniacki see you soon!! :)

Apr 10: Well done @haza136 (Harry Diamond) for winning the west of Ireland! Some great names on that trophy! ;) All that practice at my house is paying off!!

Apr 11: Thanks @WayneRooney for the signed shirt! Hopefully see you at old Trafford soon!

Apr 15: (Back to World No 1): #1 again without touching a golf club this week.... I wish it was that easy!

Apr 18: (From Monaco, where Wozniacki lives) Had a great time at the Monte Carlo ATP players party tonight with @CaroWozniacki @DjokerNole and @RafaelNadal. Lots of laughs!!

Apr 20: Had a nice day at Newbury (racecourse) today. @CaroWozniacki and I met Her Majesty The Queen and had a nice chat. Great experience!

Apr 20: Great to be back at Ravenhill tonight to watch @UlsterRugby (v Leinster). Pity about the result but @CaroWozniacki enjoyed her first rugby match!

Apr 24: Great first day back practising after 2 weeks off! Now watching Barca Chelsea with a nice little snack after the gym!

Apr 30 (Quail Hollow tournament in Charlotte): An afternoon consisting of US Open video conference, followed by the Manchester derby followed by a session in the gym! #united


May 1: Did a commercial today for St. Jude Children's Hospital w/ @Shaun_White (famous American snowboarder) and a 7 year old boy called Dawson. #inspiring

May 3 (Wells Fargo at Q Hollow, Rd 1 70): Never nice to 3 putt the last!! -2 was average out there today... Need to hit more fairways to have a chance going into the weekend.

May 4: Turned 23 today. Thanks for all the birthday wishes ...

May 4: Re-tweet: (from @CaroWozniacki) Happy birthday to the best boyfriend in the world @McIlroyRory!! 23 years young today!!:)))

May 4: Great birthday dinner with the team! My parents even flew in for the weekend to surprise me! Hopefully sets me up for a good last 2 days!

May 5 (Rd 3, 66): Good day on the course today! Could have been a couple better but have a great chance tomorrow to get my 2nd win at Quail Hollow!

May 6 (Rd 4, 70, lost play-off to R Fowler): Made good progress from the start of the week, gotta take the positives from that finish! Congrats to @RickieFowlerPGA ! About time!! ;)

May 11: Excited to get started at The Players today! But first, up early to watch @CaroWozniacki in Madrid! :)

May 11 (The Players Rd 1, 72): Not my best day out there today... Room service, sleep and up at it again early in the morning trying to get myself back in contention! #tpc

(On May 11, Caroline Wozniacki @CaroWozniacki tweeted: I love Rome! What a beautiful city! Only thing is the allergies are already getting to me!)

May 12 (The Players Rd 2, 76): Another MC at TPC for me this year! Hopefully next year I'll see the golf course in person at the weekend, not just on TV! #4thtimelucky

May 12: Rome here I come!!!

(On May 13: @CaroWozniacki Tweeted: So funny seeing @McIlroyRory being extremely happy thinking Man Utd had won the league, to then suddenly become really really quiet ...)

May 16: Really enjoyed my morning in Rome with @Jumeirah (McIlroy's main sponsor). Check out some of my sightseeing pics.

May 17: Back in Monaco and just had a great hot chocolate with @CaroWozniacki at cafe de Paris :) place is looking good for the Grand Prix next week

May 19: What a day of sport today!! (European Cup finals in rugby and soccer). Not moving from my couch this afternoon!! Come on Ulster!! #SUFTUM

May 21: On my way to London this morning for the BMW PGA this week at Wentworth. One of the best weeks of the year. Start of a big 4 weeks coming up!

(On May 23, @CaroWozniacki Tweeted: Easy day of training today, 1 hour of tennis and 45 min run.. Now time for some food, a good book and beach.)

May 23 (Wentworth): to @CaroWozniacki I'm jealous!! Afternoon of media and gym for me :(. (@CaroWozniacki replied: Yeah I know! Would have been more fun if you were here ... I need to start packing (for French Open) soon though, not so much fun!)

May 28 (After missing the cut at BMW PGA, McIlroy spends Saturday evening and Sunday in Paris; Monday in Leeds with trainer Dr Steve McGregor, then flies to the US with coach Michael Bannon that evening): He tweeted from Heathrow Airport: Excited about the next 3 weeks! Memorial, Memphis and then defend the US Open in San Fran.

May 31 (Memorial Rd 1, 71): Very happy with how I came back after that start today! Finishing under par was a bonus. Now for another afternoon on the range!


Jun 1 (Memorial Rd 2: Shoots 79, misses third successive cut): No Tweet. Apart from posting a video of a CNN interview with Nicklaus at Memorial and his media conference on Wednesday at Memphis, McIlroy's 1,194,302 followers on Twitter hear nothing more.

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