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.
Even a stunning rise to No1 in the world has not made Jordan Spieth immune to learning curves. At the culmination of a spell that has proved the epitome of golfing globetrotting, the Texan admitted constantly crossing from the PGA Tour to the European Tour is a stiff ask.
Golf’s aristocracy has been enlarged to a quartet. Cynics once claimed Rickie Fowler could not be classed among the elite, that colour and character were not backed up by tangible reward. An anonymous survey of fellow players even insisted he was among the most overrated in this sport.
It does not require Hercule Poirot to determine where the focus will be during the opening two days of the HSBC Championship. The grouping of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy should at least ensure peace and quiet for the other 123 members of the field.
Golf has a new money king.
Jordan Spieth’s latest triumph has only heightened the sense of comparison with Tiger Woods but the 22-year-old Texan is still uncomfortable with such suggestions.
Just as the dominant presence of Tiger Woods was impossible to foresee during his teenage years, so it would have taken an astonishing level of prescience to pinpoint his status when turning 40.
He will understandably never make public comparisons between fiancees but Rory McIlroy’s citing of the “calming presence” of Erica Stoll seems pertinent in respect of his recent engagement.
From the brow of the bunker in the crook of the dogleg midway down Augusta’s 2nd fairway the ground falls away so steeply the course seems to unfold itself beneath your feet, a great green blanket spread across the Georgia countryside.
Jason Day’s first trip to the Masters was very nearly his last trip to the Masters.
Leicester City, Tottenham and Arsenal's dreams of landing this season's Premier League title have certain similarities of Tom Watson, Stewart Cink and Lee Westwood pursuing the Claret Jug.
Rory McIlroy’s demeanour tells any onlooker he is not consumed by the pressure of trying to complete a clean sweep of major championships at his second attempt. As the 26-year-old himself put it: “Someone told me once that pressure is for tyres.”
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.
Danny Willett insisted “fate” played a crucial part in him becoming the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1996 to win the Masters and only the second ever to wear the green jacket.
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.
Rory McIlroy’s Masters week received the ideal kick-start as the Northern Irishman produced a hole-in-one at Augusta National’s 16th on Monday. Using a seven iron, McIlroy delighted the crowd with a 170-yard ace.
Darren Clarke remains at a loss as to why no European golfer has tasted Masters glory since José María Olazábal in 1999.
At around 10am Ernie Els, the Big Uneasy, made his way back to the first green.
A dispirited but candid Rory McIlroy admitted to a “pathetic” putting performance after missing the cut at the US PGA Championship to ensure 2016 will conclude without a major win for the Northern Irishman.
From golf’s turmoil comes opportunity.
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.