Eighteen holes sit between Rory McIlroy and another mark in history.
It was to prove a final light-hearted moment for Rory McIlroy.
A continuing quest for golfing perfection has led to Jason Day calling the stricken Tiger Woods for advice and to Rory McIlroy changing his putting grip. It was obvious in Miami on Wednesday that McIlroy is far more interested in curing woes on the greens than worrying about the outcome of the US presidential election.
Jordan Spieth, the Masters champion, has spoken of the difference in visiting Augusta National as the holder of the Green Jacket.
Tiger Woods has reported a dramatic improvement in physical condition since December but admitted he is still to play a full hole, or hit stronger than a nine-iron, during recovery from a third back surgery.
If the absence of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood from the first WGC event of the year counts as a surprise, Matt Fitzpatrick’s arrival on the outskirts of Miami points towards the prominence of a fresh English generation. Or, perhaps, further evidence of a changing of the guard.
Tiger Woods’s agent has rubbished suggestions that the former world No1 has such bad back pain that he has trouble sitting down and climbing stairs.
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 incessant jerking and twitching produced by Danny Willett as part of his pre-shot routine would ordinarily leave an impression of weakness under pressure. How the Englishman comprehensively swatted aside any such notion with this, the biggest win of his professional career at the Dubai Desert Classic. The rapid rise of Willett shows no sign whatsoever of slowing in pace.
An escalating legal row between the membership of Wentworth and the Chinese owners of the club may impact on the European Tour, with questions now being raised over the staging of the BMW PGA Championship at the club in May.
Some players keep their aspirations hidden from view but Jason Day is not one of them.
We'd love to see this happen, but we reckon Mcllroy would have to pay A LOT of money.
There was the suspicion of a 2014 April fool.
The former Manchester United boss provided the banter at Gleneagles.
Bernhard Langer is perfectly placed to speak about golden generations.
Bubba Watson’s willingness to defy convention was apparent in his youth.
Romain Langasque learned the merits of impeccable timing long ago. He would not have become the 2015 Amateur champion, achieved at the Carnoustie venue which has driven the world’s best golfers to the brink of meltdown, without such a virtue.
This Masters already serves as Rory McIlroy’s odd one out. For the first time since 2012, the Northern Irishman will arrive at Augusta National without an all-consuming narrative as baggage.
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.
Crisis, what crisis? A special Monday afternoon of golf, the kind which sporadically separates Rory McIlroy from others, concluded with him winning the Deutsche Bank Championship on the outskirts of Boston.
Darren Clarke believes Thomas Pieters is a future world No1 with a talent comparable to Tiger Woods after confirming the Belgian will make his Ryder Cup debut for Europe at Hazeltine next month.