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.
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.
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.
Thomas Pieters is involved in a late tussle with Luke Donald for the last place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team, with Darren Clarke to confirm his selection at Tuesday lunchtime.
As Darren Clarke uses this weekend to ponder his wildcard picks for the European team, with the announcement to be made at Wentworth on Tuesday, the nuances of Ryder Cup captaincy will play a part in his thinking.
There was nothing to separate Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson through 71 holes with the former Ryder Cup partners both 15-under par as they stepped on to the 18th green at the Olympic Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.