Rory McIlroy, the world’s number one ranked golfer, will be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week in the final tuneup before heading back to Augusta, again.
Since McIlroy is an invited player to The Masters he has unlimited access to the course and recently played Augusta National with his father. Though McIlroy did not divulge his score other than saying it was somewhere in the “60s,” he did go on to tell ESPN that he ran into Tom Brady along with Peyton and Eli Manning at the gym Friday morning.
McIlroy has won back-to-back majors and a Masters win would give him the career grand slam. While Augusta is anything but relaxing during competition, for Rory and his father the practice getaway was great. “Hundred percent fun. Zero percent serious,” he said. “I didn’t hit any extra balls. I played one ball the whole time. Really wanted to go and enjoy it with my dad. That was what the whole thing was about.”
McIlroy, who’s playing in just his third US tournament this year, gets back to the business of fine tuning his game this weekend at Bay Hill. For the first two rounds McIlroy, 25, will be in a group that features some of the best golfers in the game, all of them in their twenties. Jason Day, 27, (No. 5) and Ricky Fowler, 26 (No. 11) tee off at 12:56 pm EST on Thursday and then at 8:11 am EST on Friday off Hole Ten.
Other Notable Groups include: Graeme McDowell, Sean O’Hair, and Ian Poulter at 1:08 pm EST, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott at 8:11 am off No. 10.
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