Within an hour of winning the 2016 Tour Championship and the $10 million bonus for the FedEx Cup title, Rory McIlroy learned that Arnold Palmer, the man who had most contributed to making today’s golf riches possible, had died.
Rory McIlroy’s prowess of the tee is normally what propels him to victory. And yes, McIlroy averaged an impressive 316.5 yards off the tee with his TaylorMade M3 460 driver (with a new Mitsubishi Tensei Orange shaft).
There are still three weeks until the 2018 Masters, and as we saw last spring, fate can intervene in sadistic ways between now and Thursday’s ceremonial tee shots. Did that stop us from waxing poetic on the slew of narratives heading into Augusta National? Absolutely not.
Ryder Cup legend and two-time Masters champion José María Olazábal and eccentric American Bryson DeChambeau will join the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship’s “Magnificent Seven” in the chase for the famed Falcon trophy.