On the day Rory McIlroy turned 10 years old, his father's gift to him was a trip to the Valley Links at Royal Portrush. "I was just in awe of him," McIlroy said. "My 10th birthday wasn't getting any better anyway, and all of a sudden I meet Darren Clarke." On Friday, just five days removed from winning the FedEx Cup and a cool $10 million bonus, the Europeans' most dangerous man and rejuvenated leader (two wins in four weeks) will tee off playing under captain Clarke.
PITTSBURGH — Arnold Palmer’s western Pennsylvania roots ran deep. While his hometown of Latrobe helped the golf great bring a blue-collar charisma to a gentleman’s game, it hardly limited him. The man credited with bringing his sport to the masses had no problem serving as its unofficial ambassador as well. Augusta, Georgia. Orlando, Florida. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. La Quinta, California. Troon, Scotland. Any 19th hole that serves a blend of lemonade and iced tea (Palmer’s own creation) following a round. The top ranking officer in “Arnie’s Army” made his presence felt worldwide. And golf was all the better for it. Palmer’s death in Pittsburgh on Sunday at 87 left a void that will be impossible
Lately, though, the playground just hasn't been that much fun. Vin Scully had just finished saying goodbye to an adoring crowd at Dodger Stadium when word came in that Arnold Palmer had died in Pittsburgh. The images of a speedboat crushed on rocks were horrific to wake up to, and the tragic death of rising of magnetic young star Jose Fernandez seemed incomprehensible and yet so utterly final.