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Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager, is an unabashed Rory McIlroy fan. "There are geniuses in life and Rory produces shots that he shouldn't try," Ferguson said in this story. "He's got the ability to do it and sometimes they don't come off but his imagination is such that he can do these shots. And when they come off you say to yourself How did he do that?' and he's got that in his locker. He's an exceptional, exceptional player. He's without doubt, I think, the most gifted golfer that I've seen. And he's got the personality too. And he's a United fan as well - that helps."
Sir Alex Ferguson and Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)
Gary Player on the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National Golf Club, which was felled in an ice storm early this year: "What should they do? Well, you know, Augusta, they can build a practice tee worth $100 million which nobody else can do," he said in this interview with NPR's Bill Littlefield from February. "They just go and buy all the houses and make a practice tee out of it. So they can easily replace that tree…I'm a great believer of leaving a tree for somebody else to enjoy. And [Augusta] could go in there [and] they can replace that tree, which I'm sure they'll do."
A stricter drunk-driving law in Scotland are taking their toll on golf club income, the Edinburgh Evening News reports. "Golf clubs are facing a new threat to their future after seeing alcohol sales plunge by as much as 70 per cent following the introduction of the new drink-drive law. Since the strict new limit came into effect on December 5 clubs across the region have seen bar takings, which account for a significant portion of many clubs income, often meaning the difference between profit and loss, go through the floor."