B “The biggest is that you don’t have to be
perfect there,” he said. “If the average player
goes out and plays Augusta National, he can
play his normal game and he always has a shot.
He can be in the pine needles and the trees don’t
hang down to the ground. He can be in the rough
and there’s no rough; it’s first cut. You always
have a chance and you always have a shot.
“I’m able to get away with being less than
perfect there because I can still advance the
ball up by the green and rely on my short game
as well as my knowledge and experience of
where I can and can’t go, to put the ball in
the right spot and then execute the right shot
around the greens to salvage pars.”
The day after he held off Tiger Woods’ late
charge to win the Honda Classic, McIlroy was
in New York to visit his girlfriend, Danish tennis
star Caroline Wozniacki, and watch her play in
an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden
against Maria Sharapova. Little did he know
that he’d be called out on to the court to play a
few points against Sharapova.
‘Went With The Best’
MIAMI | American golf architect Gil Hanse
last week was chosen from what he described as “an amazing list” of his peers to
design the new golf course that will be used
for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de
A selection committee headed by Peter
Dawson, president of the International Golf
Federation, chose Hanse over seven other
finalists that included design companies
headed by some of the game’s brightest
stars, including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman
and Gary Player.
Hanse’s firm, based in Malvern, Pa., may
be best known for its work designing Castle
Stuart in Scotland, the new site of the Scottish Open, as well as for restoration work at
the North Course at Los Angeles Country
Club and Winged Foot. He has been hired by
Donald Trump to redesign Doral Resort &
Spa, site of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship. His Olympic bid also included Amy
Alcott, a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame,
as part of his design team. l
stroyed. This year, the tournament had a new
board built in the same style and image of the
old one. No electronics. All hand-operated.
“A lot of the components (of the old board)
were just damaged beyond repair,” tournament
director Eddie Carbone told The Miami Herald.
“This is really a brand new board. But look at
it – it’s very sharp. It’s still old school and fun.
Fun is important.” l
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