The most bleak prognosis yet regarding a return to competitive golf for Tiger Woods has arrived from the man himself.
The biggest loser from Paul Casey’s decision to preclude himself from Ryder Cup inclusion is not the biennial event.
If one hole, Rory McIlroy’s second last of 2015, served as a metaphor for the Northern Irishman’s yo-yo season, the subsequent raising aloft of two trophies allowed him to begin an eight-week holiday in celebration.
Paul Casey will not feature in next year’s Ryder Cup, with one of the sports longest-running sagas resulting in a surprise decision by the Englishman not to rejoin the European Tour. Casey has cited family commitments for a move that will inevitably raise eyebrows.
Ian Poulter, who has afforded himself symbolic Ryder Cup status, believes the United States have made a “smart” choice in selecting Tiger Woods as a vice-captain for next year’s event at Hazeltine.
While it may be unfair to Danny Willett to describe his duel with Rory McIlroy in tortoise and hare terms, there is fascination attached to the Englishman’s bid to keep pace with a four-times major winner in Dubai.
The unfortunate aspect of any move made by Tiger Woods is the instant bellowing from the back of “Why?”
Ten days ago, Russell Knox didn’t have a Tour win to his name and wasn’t even in the field for the WGC-HSBC Champions. What followed is the stuff of sporting fairytale.
The European Tour is giving serious consideration to a radical shakeup that would result in World Golf Championship (WGC) events and majors being dropped as counting events for membership.
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.
Positive news for Rory McIlroy resonates both in a glance to the past and prospects for the near future.
Some major championships are slow burners. The first one of the year, it is claimed, fully gets under way on Sunday’s back nine.
Mere mortals in the 89-man field gave the impression of trying to climb an ice wall while wearing slippers as Jordan Spieth had surged to eight under par and a five-shot lead.
Jim Herman, who last week was ranked 191 in the world, has provided a Masters fairytale by clinching the Shell Houston Open and therefore the final spot in the 90-man field at Augusta National. Herman’s one-stroke triumph triggered tears and no wonder; this was the 38-year-old’s maiden victory on the PGA Tour.
Jordan Spieth, in an endorsement of the attitude that has propelled him towards greatness, will not pause to reflect on past glories when he returns to Augusta National next week.
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 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.
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.
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.