Stories of interest you might have missed…
“Rory McIlroy’s frustration at letting the WGC-Cadillac Championship slip away was a timely reminder of how difficult it will be to complete the career Grand Slam at the Masters,” Brian Keogh of the Irish Golf Desk writes, noting that Adam Scott agrees with Padraig Harrington that there is probably a Big Six or Seven, not a Big Three.”
“One night before he fell asleep, Max started thinking about the surgery. He had a question for his parents. ‘What happens if I don’t wake up?’ His mother’s reply was swift: ‘Don’t worry about it, you will. They’re professionals. The doctors are professionals.’ But Max, with the clarity of a child, cut to the chase. ‘Well, my dad is a professional, but he makes bogeys sometimes.’” Helen Ross of PGATour.com with the story of Max Jacobson, young son of PGA Tour player Freddie Jacobson, who underwent open-heart surgery last year.
Lee McCoy, an All-American at Georgia, grew up in the neighborhood and has played nearly a thousand rounds on Innisbrook’s Copperhead course, site of this week’s PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. “McCoy actually tried to get into the 2015 Valspar,” Rodney Page of the Tampa Tribune writes in this profile of McCoy. “While home on break, he paid an unannounced visit to tournament director Tracy West, seeking a sponsor's exemption. ‘Never had a player do that before,’ West said.” This year, McCoy received one.