Rory McIlroy has revealed he will skip the traditional par-three competition at the Masters this year, with the aim of summoning some of the spirit of 2011.
If reaching No1 in the world represents an impressive enough achievement, the immediate endorsement of that status by way of victory in a high-profile event should afford an extra layer of adulation. In Jason Day’s case it most certainly will.
The most meaningful outcome from the penultimate day of the WGC-Dell Match Play? Take your pick.
There was the suspicion of a 2014 April fool.
Positive news for Rory McIlroy resonates both in a glance to the past and prospects for the near future.
It was perhaps to the detriment of others involved in matches taking place at the time that the focus on the second afternoon of the WGC-Match Play Championship surrounded whether one player would take to the course at all.
There was always the probability familiar comforts were all Jordan Spieth required to kick-start his year. In his back yard of Texas, Spieth is more the home star than the lone one.
On the opening day of the WGC Match Play Championship Rory McIlroy summoned the spirit of recovery which defines a champion.
The Manchester United veteran has been out of sorts all season for club and country.
Eighteen holes sit between Rory McIlroy and another mark in history.
Rickie Fowler’s surge towards the 2015 Players Championship title offered a scintillating storyline which will prove a regular source of reference. That this year’s version was dull in comparison owed everything to the skill and mental fortitude of one man.
Danny Willett’s journey to the position of Masters champion suggested he was never likely to rest on his laurels.
Rory McIlroy’s demeanour meant he didn’t need emphatic language to explain his Friday lunchtime emotion. He offered it anyway.
Darren Clarke has revealed Jürgen Klopp will be among those he will approach for advice before the Ryder Cup battle with the United States at Hazeltine later this year.
The angst Jordan Spieth suffered by virtue of closing his opening round at the Players Championship with a seven, the one number that may bring him out in a cold sweat, surely intensified with a glance towards one of the his playing partners. Jason Day, who has succeeded Spieth as the world No1, endorsed his status once more with a course record-equalling 63. Day had birdie putts at all 18 holes.
The R&A has dealt a blow to Donald Trump by confirming the Open Championship will not be held at Turnberry before 2022. The chief executive of that governing body, though, still refuses to provide a public stance on whether Trump’s offensive opinions should exclude his venues from golf.
The “chaos” Danny Willett has found himself surrounded by since winning the Masters is endorsed by the number of rounds he has played since being presented with the Green Jacket a month ago.
Jordan Spieth does not attempt to hide the scale of his post-Masters trauma.
The Irish golfer Christy O’Connor Sr, who has died aged 91, was sufficiently revered in his home country to be known simply as “Himself’.
A majority of golf professionals believe Tiger Woods will win another major, according to an ESPN poll.
If you pay attention to subliminal messages, things don’t look good for Bubba Watson in a Ryder Cup context.
Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup legacy did not solely relate to the continuation of a poor United States run.
During this, a year when he has been subject to more scrutiny than is routine, even for a sportsman of his status, Rory McIlroy admits he has been more irked by comments relating to his intense fitness regime than shortcomings on the course.