The elder of Rory McIlroy's playing partners today has also won at this famous public course on Lake Merced. Indeed, not only did Tiger Woods prevail at the WGC AmEx in 2005, but when he returned for the United States in the 2009 Presidents Cup, he went undefeated all week. Nevertheless, the chances of a 16th Major seem bleak.
Happiness is a long walk with a putter and Shane Lowry is praying that his magic wand will warm up in time to come out on top in "a slog" and challenge for back-to-back Major wins in the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.
There will be no asterisk adjacent to 2020 on the Wanamaker Trophy. That the US PGA Championship will take place from Thursday minus spectators ultimately will not matter to the player who claims the first Major of a golf year like no other.
A weekend when Rory McIlroy missed a celebrated sporting battle so that another one might be secured will always be inextricably linked with Harding Park. This is where San Francisco's far from modest municipal facility will stage the first Major of its 95-year history when the 102nd PGA Championship starts on Thursday behind closed doors.
Tournament golf has changed dramatically since modern spectator standards were shaped by the emergence of Arnie's Army at Augusta National back in 1959. With an entrance ticket available for a relatively modest $5, it was a time when the Masters was far from being the sell-out it would become.
Renato Paratore missed out on a place in the history books but ensured his name will be etched on the British Masters trophy alongside the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo with an almost flawless victory at Close House.
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