Just before Sergio Garcia finished his victorious Monday slog through the Greensboro mud at the Wyndham, news of his impending victory was bumped down the chain by some big news from Augusta. But none of that satisfies every T&R devotee's burning question: "I wonder what Rory McIlroy is up to?"
Breathe easy, now we know. McIlroy — along with his shiny new Wanamaker trophy — was at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn to run a clinic for some 50 juniors, according to Bill Pennington of the New York Times. And, apparently, he wasn't responding well to some of the borough's more unique atmospheric touches:
Rory McIlroy hunched over the putt Monday, his eyes determined and fixed on the hole in the middle of the putting green.
Suddenly, a loud, piercing siren interrupted his concentration. Two fire trucks roared by on the adjacent street, alarms wailing and tires screeching. McIlroy straightened.
“I’ve never been to Brooklyn before,” he said in his Irish accent. “Got to love that.”
Then he missed the putt.
Better get used to it. He can expect to hear things both louder and more profane once he gets to Bethpage for The Barclays later this week.
No matter. Rory's preparing in his own special way: By smashing tennis balls with a golf club in an empty football stadium. Here's the video, put together by the New Haven Open, where McIlroy's girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, is the four-time defending champ: Curious sounding tennis ball. Actually, just a curious little video all around. Expect to see much more of Rory in romantic tennis situations, though. He rolled out his first (vaguely Shakespearean) advertising photo for the WTA Tuesday, found here via WhoSay:
Apparently, Wozniacki was too busy playing tennis in New Haven to make the trip to Brooklyn.