Rory McIlroy started to hit some absurdly long drives at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, but apparently he was just warming up. In his first pool play match of the WGC-Dell Match Play on Wednesday at the Austin Country Club, McIlroy stepped to the 582-yard par-5 12th tee 1 down versus Soren Kjeldsen. Sure, downhill and downwind helped, but it was hit so far that it crossed a walking path cutting through the fairway and just missed an unaware spectator.
On Masters Sunday last year, Jordan Spieth reached the par-3 12th hole-named "Golden Bell"-with a one-shot lead over Danny Willett. The young Texan left with his bell rung, dunking two balls into Rae's Creek en route to a quadruple-bogey 7. In just a
The official name of this week's World Golf Championship event is the Dell Technologies Match Play, but for many players the event may as well be called the Masters Tournament Tune-up. "You want every tournament to be relevant and have its own week," said defending champion Jason Day. As Jordan Spieth strolled the hilly confines of Austin Country Club on Tuesday, he was asked if the Masters was on his mind.