Rickie Fowler is fast approaching elite status in the game of golf. He joined Tiger and Jack as the only players in the modern era to finish in the top-5 of all four majors in a season, and now, it’s time for Rickie to get his name on the FedEx Cup.
Rory McIlroy’s great play is garnering a lot of attention, but the interest factor is multiplied when Tiger Woods is around. That is exactly why their appearance on The Tonight Show was a hit, and why their Ice Bucket Challenge video was awesome too.
At this point, who *hasn’t* done the Ice Bucket Challenge?? (Oh, wait, me.) The stunt that benefits charity (ALS) has spread like wildfire on social media channels. Somehow, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods hadn’t been nominated yet…until yesterday. And they did it in style.
In between promoting the launch of the new Nike irons via an appearance at Liberty National, just outside NYC, and appearing on The Tonight Show, it looked like host Jimmy Fallon had quite a few laughs with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on Monday.
I caught up with fans at Valhalla, along with world nos. 2 and 3 Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, respectively, to talk about the appeal of Rory McIlroy and to touch on the rise of the “Rory Era.”
Rory McIlroy became the third youngest player in the modern era to reach four career major titles at the 96th PGA Championship. He was able to overcome a three-shot deficit early in the round with a sizzling back nine 32 to defeat Phil Mickelson by one stroke.
Just when we thought Rory would let up in the third round of the PGA Championship, he birdied three of his final four holes to take a one stroke lead over Bernd Wiesberger. McIlroy is at 13-under total, and is looking to hoist his second Wannamaker trophy on Sunday.
With the exception of Bubba Watson, who “protested” the PGA of America’s reinstatement of the Long Drive Contest, most pros joined in on the fun and gave it their best rip on the par-5 10th during Tuesday’s practice round.
In fact, a few players popped by the 10th tee just to participate in the competition. Take Rory McIlroy, for example. The world no. 1 only played nine holes, but he went out of his way to partake in the festivities, before calling it a day. (He was also knowledgeable about the historical significance of the event.)