Rory McIlroy Takes Crossbar Challenge for EA Sports

In soccer there is an old challenge of trying to hit the crossbar of the goal by kicking the ball from the half-way line. This competition has taken on numerous guises, with player doing it from different angles, with different challenges or by mixing it up for different sports.

Now, Rory McIlroy has attempted the challenge with a 2-iron and (many) golf balls.

After several attempts and a rain of balls, McIlroy successfully chipped the paintwork on the goal frame. Being a natural athlete it is surprising he did not then attempt it with a soccer ball, as well…

McIlroy was taking time out from his preparations for the 141st British Open –which takes places between Thursday the 19th of July and Sunday the 22nd of July, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, in Lancashire –to promote EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 game.

The Northern Irishman will be hoping to get his season back on track when the Open begins. He has flattered to deceive, recently, with talk of his personal life and relationship with tennis starlet Caroline Wozniacki getting in the way of hard graft.

Meanwhile, fellow countryman and last year’s Open champion, Darren Clarke, has told of frustration as he fails to recapture the form that saw him triumph at Royal St. George’s.

“I play golf to win tournaments and I’ve been nowhere near that standard for quite some time,” Clarke admitted.

“I’ve got pretty annoyed and although I’m practising and doing all the right things, it just hasn’t clicked so far.”

Perhaps he can click again. However, the bookmakers currently rank his chances of retaining the title at 100/1, while compatriot Rory McIlroy is still favoured less than Tiger Woods or Lee Westwood.