Rory McIlroy said his immediate ambition is to survive the US PGA Championship cut after he shot an opening round of 74 in the final major of this year. McIlroy, one of the pre-event favourites, endured a series of problems on the greens with 35 putts contributing heavily to his four over par total.
Sam Torrance has been named as Europe’s fifth and final vice-captain for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in September. Torrance, who captained the Europeans to victory in 2002, joins Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie and Thomas Bjorn as assistants to Darren Clarke.
Should he successfully defend the US PGA Championship, Jason Day will not so much have raised questions about the concept of ideal preparation as completely trashed it.
If it seems strange to be speaking of a year’s definition by late July, the nuances of golf’s rescheduled calendar because of the Olympic Games makes it a reality.
The confirmation Tiger Woods will not participate in the US PGA Championship represented little more than an exercise in administration with 2016’s final major lending itself to a multitude of more fascinating storylines.
For the first time since his debut at the 1995 Masters, Tiger Woods will miss all four majors in a calendar year after confirming he will not play in this month’s US PGA. His agent later confirmed the former world No1 will not play again this year.
The peak television audience for the final round of the Open Championship suffered a drop of around 75% on last year in the first broadcasting by Sky Sports of the oldest major.
Henrik Stenson’s celebration to mark his Open Championship win may be deemed lavish in certain contexts.
Andrew Johnston made bogey at the Postage Stamp after finding one of the bunkers on the right of the green and made his way to the 9th, low-fiving the crowd on either side of the walkway as he climbed the approach to the tee and keeping his spirits up, but the Englishman knew his moment had slipped away.
Tim Finchem, the outgoing head of the PGA Tour, believes golf’s showing at the Olympics will be sufficient to see the sport retained in the Games for the “long term”.
Thirty years ago, Bernhard Langer helped slip the Green Jacket on to Jack Nicklaus’s back. Langer was 28 at the time and had won his first Masters, and his first major, the previous year. Nicklaus was 46.
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.
Given the chance to play golf for Australia at the Games of the XXXIst Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, I – and it’s my guess that you – would fairly leap at it.
Phil Mickelson, at 46, will become the oldest golfer to win the Open since 1867 if he carries off the Claret Jug here. And there were a few moments on Friday when Scotland stopped trying to pretend it was Bermuda, when the rain cascaded over the links and the wind seemed keen to join the wrecking party that the American looked every one of his years.
On Tuesday, McIlroy laid out his plan for the week. He explained that he wants to pick up strokes at Augusta National’s four par fives, the 2nd, 8th, 13th, and 15th, and “play the other holes conservatively and smartly”.
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.
Jimmy Walker’s passion is astrophotography. It is unclear at which point he reckoned that, if taking pictures of the stars, he might as well shoot for them.
There is reason Tiger Woods did not only win the Masters this year. It's the same reason Woods did not win the Grand Slam this year.
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.
Rory McIlroy insisted the European team mood is “buoyant” after an afternoon Ryder Cup recovery took Darren Clarke’s men from a morning deficit of 4-0 to 5-3 by close of play on day one at Hazeltine. McIlroy, who celebrated in emphatic style after converting an eagle putt on the 16th green to seal a third point for Europe, admitted to being inspired in part by a “hostile” home crowd.
The problem with golf’s time in the spotlight is the recent propensity for that focus to be negative. Never before has this sport, apparently in the midst of a scrap for relevance and identity, so needed a scintillating Ryder Cup.
Danny Willett fears he has become a “target” for American fans at his maiden Ryder Cup with the Masters champion also conceding his experience has been tarnished and his focus hard to maintain.