MONDAY  | MARCH 19, 2018
by Adam Schupak

With a 25-foot birdie putt at the final hole of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, Rory McIlroy capped off a flawless round of golf that had him pumping his fist and lifting his arms to the heavens as if sending a message to the tournament namesake who is so sorely missed. 

“I’ve seen Tiger Woods make this putt enough times to know what it does, so I just wanted to try and emulate that,” McIlroy said. “Didn't quite give it the hat toss; I was thinking about doing it. But, I mean, just to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.” 

 



by Alex Miceli

Tiger Woods had just blasted a 317-yard drive over the corner of the lake that guards the left side of the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill.

But as good as the drive was, the 6-iron from 226 yards was even better, leaving Woods with an eagle attempt of only 13 feet in Sunday’s final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

 


What truly matters in golf

The Phil Mickelson/Arnold Palmer piece by Mike Purkey was beautifully constructed, sensitively written and intelligently reported (“Mickelson stands out as modern-day Arnie,” March 16).

Amidst fierce arguments about money, rules, greatest-of-all-time status and record books, this was a wonderful exploration of some of the truly important and timeless aspects of our sport.

 


5

Number of strokes by which South Korea’s Inbee Park won the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Park, 29, shot a final-round 5-under 67 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix for a 19-under 269 total. It was Park’s 19th LPGA victory, including seven major championships. American Marina Alex (68), England’s Laura Davies (69) and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (70) shared second at 14-under 274 (scores).

 




FROM THE INDUSTRY

Len Dumas has been named to lead the Northern California Section of the PGA of America, the NCPGA announced. Dumas comes to the position as executive director and chief operating officer after having served on the section’s board of directors since 2006, including 2012-13 as president.

 


CALENDAR
March 21-25
WGC Dell Technologies Match Play

Austin (Texas) CC

March 22-25
PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

Corales GC, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Men’s amateur: Azalea Invitational

CC of Charleston (S.C.)

LPGA: Kia Classic

Carlsbad, Calif.

Web.com Tour: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Le Triomphe GC, Broussard, La.

March 23-25
Champions: Rapiscan Systems Classic

Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss.

March 29 - April 1
LPGA: ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

PGA Tour: Houston Open

GC of Houston, Humble, Texas

Web.com Tour: Savannah Golf Championship

The Landings Club (Deer Creek), Savannah, Ga.

April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.


      
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