“I’ve been pretty lucky the past few weeks,”
Rock said having enjoyed his flight to Arizona
from the unfamiliar territory of the pointy end
of the airplane. “I didn’t realize it was so far out
here, actually,” he said. “It’s a long flight.”
An immigration officer in Phoenix asked Rock
where he was staying. When Rock told him the
Ritz-Carlton, the officer said: “The weather’s go-
ing to be lovely. Try and get some golf in.” He had
no idea who Rock was. Rock star status still has
some way to go. Shout out of the week – Fan:
“Hey, Rock, you look like a pimp.” Rock laughed.
British Open at Carnoustie. Back then, Laird was
17 and in the Scottish Boys team. He recalled
getting a coaching lesson from Lawrie.
“I remember looking up to him, then think-
ing this is where I want to go. I want to be hold-
ing the trophy like he is.”
On his 45th birthday, Steve Stricker holed a
21-foot birdie putt at 18 to beat Louis Oosthuizen,
1 up, in their second-round match. Oost-
huizen had a seven-footer to halve but
couldn’t sink it.
If further proof were needed that McIlroy is
the new darling of world golf, he provided it
early last week. A girl no more than 14 years old
from the First Tee junior development program
asked him what he loved most about golf.
Instead of making a general statement, McIlroy
made it personal for the teenager. He made her
“The great thing about golf is that everyone
can play it,” he said. “Any person of any size or
age can play.”
And here comes the moment she will
remember forever. “I, for instance, could go
out and play against you.
“And again, I’m a massive Manchester United fan. They play at Old Trafford in
England and I could never just kick a
football around Old Trafford. But
people can come and play some
of the best golf courses in the
Paul Lawrie and Martin
Laird put the Home of Golf
back on the map in Arizona.
Laird won their all-Scottish battle in the second
round but Scotland hasn’t
enjoyed such a high profile
since 1999, when Montgom-erie was world No. 2 and
Lawrie had just won the
Officials said the
Accenture would be played in
Tucson in 2013 and 2014. No
the probability is it will return to
the Ritz-Carlton course at Dove
Mountain for a fifth year. l
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