Standing over a 5-foot putt to extend her team’s run in the member-guest tournament at Scottsdale National Golf Club, Jolene Gabbay can’t hear a pin drop. At least not when a car horn sounds as she prepares to pull the putter head back. That distraction is followed in quick succession by a loudly crowing rooster, the pounding of a jack hammer, a thumping helicopter and even Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’ yelling, “Get on your knees, scumbag!” The sound effects come one after another from three massive speakers atop a beefed-up entertainment cart parked two paces off the green. Queuing up the auditory barbs are two deejays from Hawaii flown in just for the event, while
Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will compete in the British Masters at Close House this month, returning to the tournament where he made his professional debut a decade ago. The Northern Irishman's season has been blighted by injury problems, forcing the four-time major winner to revise his schedule. "I'm looking forward to playing my first British Masters for a while," said the former world number one, whose fitness woes ensured he was unable to defend his FedExCup title.
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