‘This week is not the same without you’: Tiger Wood’s absence was felt at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Rory McIlroy stopped by to cheer on Tiger Woods as he recovers from multiple leg injuries and could have come out with some inspiration of his own. “In his family room he has this trophy cabinet and it is his 15th trophy,” McIlroy said Tuesday. “I said, ‘That’s really cool. Where is everyone else? He said, ‘I don’t know.

Woods, who is not playing this year due to injuries from a car accident in February, has 82 victories on the PGA Tour alone, a record he shares with Sam Snead and more than a dozen people from Europe, Asia, Japan and Tours around the world. Australia. “He said, ‘Yeah, my mom has some, and some are in the office and some are anywhere,'” McIlroy said. “He’d drive home and think, ‘That’s all he cared about. So how easy it must have been for him to beat everyone else. ” That was always on my mind. He said, ‘These are the four weeks that matter.’ See also: Nike and Apple suspend endorsement deals with NFL star Deshaun Watson over allegations of sexual misconduct. Only one week matters to Mcllroy right now, and not just because it’s the first full week in April at Augusta National. The Masters, Woods has five of those silver trophies, is the main one that prevents McIlroy from joining the most elite company in golf by completing the Grand Slam of his career. Woods was the most recent in 2000. The others are Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. You are not alone in your quest to join an exclusive group. McIlroy played his first practice round of the week with Dustin Johnson, the defending champion who set the 20-under record at 268 in November, when the field was much smoother. Woods and Johnson had a Twitter exchange this week about the Masters. Only three other players have won the Masters in a row. Woods, again him, was the last to do so in 2002. Johnson doesn’t have much of a history, but he knew it. He also knows that it will not be easy. “You’re going to have to do four good rounds together, especially under normal conditions,” Johnson said. “You have to do everything right. And with its firmness and speed, it is a really tough golf course because any hole at any time can jump out and catch you. “It is very difficult to win once, and especially several times.” See also: New York officially approves legal online sports betting Those two words, firm and fast, are mentioned both as green and jacket, and for good reason. Even with the tournament two days away, shots landing on the greens are making a hollow sound indicating this will not be target practice. “Obviously it was still the same golf course from tee to green, but it was a different golf course at the same time,” Thomas said after a practice round Tuesday with McIlroy. “Whatever kind of past memory you had, you almost had to throw it out the window.” McIlroy has a mixed bag of memories. It’s hard to miss 2011, when she was 21 and her curls were sticking out from under her cap. He built a four-shot lead in the final round and came close to winning his first major until a series of big errors: a tee shot into the booths to the left of No. 10, a four-putt at No. 12, a tee shot to the left of the Rae’s Creek tributary at No. 13. It totaled an 80. That’s the closest it has ever come to a green jacket. In his second attempt to complete his career Grand Slam, he played in the final group with Jordan Spieth in 2016 and shot 77. Two years later, he shot 65 to enter the final group with Patrick Reed and shot 74. Well and bad, try to take advantage of both. Different this year is the state of his game. McIlroy has not won since Shanghai in the fall of 2019, and was caught chasing speed and distance after watching Bryson DeChambeau dominate Winged Foot to win the US Open. With his longtime coach unable to travel that much, McIlroy said he has brought in famous English instructor Pete Cowen. See also: Gonzaga basketball star Jalen Suggs’ decision to pass him a soccer scholarship could end up earning him millions. He spoke of a “big picture” in Augusta, not a sense of urgency. “Obviously I’m focused on this week, but it’s bigger than that,” McIlroy said. “It is a journey, right? And it’s a journey trying to replay the game the way I know I can play it. ”Cowen’s lesson is not to look back at what he’s done in an attempt to move on. McIlroy has won four majors: the PGA Championship twice, the US Open and the British Open, although he is approaching the seventh anniversary of his last major title. He’s not as under scrutiny as in recent years, certainly not in 2015, his first Grand Slam shot. feels a little more relaxed this week, which is not a bad thing, “said McIlroy. I would join a very small list of golfers in history who have been able to do it. So I know where I would put myself in the game and how cool it would be, and I would love to do it one day. ” The current favorite to win the tournament at DraftKings DKNG, -1.73% sports betting is Dustin Johnson, followed by Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas Bettors, yet they are backing rising golf star Jordan Spieth. There has been more betting and control on Jordan Spieth to win the Masters than any other golfer. Here is a complete list of the starting times for the Masters Tournament. The Masters will begin this Thursday and will be broadcast on ESPN and CBS.