The PGA Tour playoffs begin this week on CBS and last season's FedEx cup champion, Rory McIlroy, is back to defend his crown. He is one of the sport's biggest stars – on and off the golf course. "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell spoke to him at Yankee Stadium about charity, golfing with the president and his good friend, Tiger Woods. Next month marks McIlroy's 10th year as a professional golfer. He also just got married. "Rory McIlroy is good. Jeez, if you had to ask me 10 years ago when I was just on the verge of turning professional, 'What would you like the next 10 years to look like?' I would never have envisioned what I've been able to do on the golf course or off it for that matter,"
Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters, the club announced Wednesday. He will be replaced by Fred Ridley. Payne, who turns 70 in October, had served in the role since 2006 and was instrumental in modernizing Augusta National, admitting the club’s first female members and growing the game worldwide. Ridley, a former president of the USGA, has served as the competition chairman since 2007. A former U.S. Amateur champion, Ridley, 65, is the first chairman to have played in the Masters (1976-78). Payne will retire from his role Oct. 16 and become chairman emeritus. “The privilege I experienced serving as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters was far
After years of uncertainty about his future, Maverick McNealy has decided to play professional golf. McNealy, who graduated in June after tying Stanford’s record for most career titles (11), announced his decision in a first-person essay on the Cardinal’s website. He also spoke to GolfChannel.com earlier this week. The 21-year-old, who will play for the United States at the upcoming Walker Cup, will make his pro debut Oct. 5-8 at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. As a non-member, McNealy will be limited to seven sponsor exemptions on Tour. Over the next several months, he will play the Safeway, second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Farmers