On the opening day of the WGC Match Play Championship Rory McIlroy summoned the spirit of recovery which defines a champion.
The Manchester United veteran has been out of sorts all season for club and country.
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.
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.
Let’s call it the curse of Baltusrol. Or perhaps the Baltusrol blues. The US PGA Championship could be destined for a Monday finish upon its return to the New Jersey venue at which Phil Mickelson triumphed in 2005. Eleven years ago, the Wanamaker Trophy was handed over on Monday because of weather delays.
Golf has Olympic refuseniks, those who are sanguine about the sport’s imminent Games return, and Justin Rose.
There were enough reasons to doubt whether Jason Day could win back-to-back US PGA Championships – namely a pre-tournament rush to hospital with his wife, a mild bout of illness for Day himself, the failure to play a single practice hole at Baltusrol before Wednesday and, in round two, the playing of his first seven holes in two over par. Day was drifting.