Teen McIlroy gets first Euro Tour win in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Teenager Rory McIlroy shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for his first European Tour victory, a one-shot win over Justin Rose at the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, a 19-year-old from Northern Ireland, finished at 19-under 269 to become the sixth youngest winner on the European Tour.

“This is my first win, and it’s hard to win … the first time always is,” McIlroy said. “It’s definitely a monkey off my back, having lost in playoffs twice. It’s been an absolutely fantastic week.” Continue reading “Teen McIlroy gets first Euro Tour win in Dubai”

PGA Tour sues Ginn Resorts

BUNNELL, Fla. — The PGA Tour sued Ginn Development on Friday, citing breach of contract after the resort company dropped sponsorship of the Champions Tour Ginn Championship.

Ginn, which has seen its financial well-being take a serious hit in the worldwide economic downturn, announced on Wednesday it was ending all golf sponsorships immediately, including the Champions Tour event and the LPGA’s Ginn Open.

“We regret having to take this legal action, but feel we have no other recourse than to try to recover what had been guaranteed to our members through existing agreements with Ginn Companies,” PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said in a statement.

Ginn still had three years remaining on its title sponsorship contract with the Champions Tour and had planned a $2.5 million purse for 2009, according to the event’s Web site. Ginn also offered a $2.5 million purse for its LPGA event last year, the third-largest on that tour. Continue reading “PGA Tour sues Ginn Resorts”