Rory McIlroy’s Irish Open Drives Home Point: The Tiger Woods Era is Over

We learn from the Belfast Telegraph that the Irish Open is set to announce a major corporate sponsor on Friday.  Also, WGC-Trump Doral Cadillac winner Dustin Johnson is considering playing in the event.

Players committed or likely to commit include: Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, and Mikko Ilonen.  And, of course, Mr. McIlroy.  I am sure there are other players I should have mentioned.  The tourney will take place May 28-31.

In contrast, Tiger Woods’s Quicken Loans tournament in the Washington, D.C., area struggles to attract big names.  The times they are a-changed.

 

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3 Responses to Rory McIlroy’s Irish Open Drives Home Point: The Tiger Woods Era is Over

  1. BigTimeTimmyJim says:

    I wonder if the BMW PGA Championship falling the week before has anything to do with the turnout.

    • lannyh says:

      It can’t hurt. Both going up against the DFW events in the U.S, which is one more headache for them. Those two tourneys continue to face the same problems as the West Coast events. I’m hearing a lot of grumbling about the WGC events now. When Tiger Woods was winning a lot of those limited-field events, everything was great. Now, they are suddenly objects of disdain? And of course the FedEx in the fall puts pressure on all Tour stops.

      Haha, I got way off track here, but yeah, that can’t hurt; still, Rory is really rounding up a great field and I’m not sure how many Americans would have or are playing the BMW without the Irish Open. The Irish Open promises to really be special this year.

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