Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On Rory somehow flying under the Masters radar ...
If it’s possible for a player of his stature, Rory McIlroy will fly a bit under the radar at this year’s Masters. Dustin Johnson has the top ranking. Jordan Spieth has the redemption angle. And McIlroy, well, he’s looking to capture the final leg of the career Grand Slam, but he doesn’t have a win in three starts this year to ratchet up the hype.
The good news for him is that he’s come awfully close in all three, including Sunday at Bay Hill, where he came to the 18th tee with a share of the lead but finished two shots back. Rory is driving the ball longer than ever, his iron game appears sharp, and he’s putting more consistently than last year. The only thing he hasn’t been able to do is string four solid rounds together. What better time than Augusta? – Ryan Lavner
On the success of the LPGA's Founders Cup ...
The Bank of Hope Founders Cup is just that. It’s a Bank of Hope invested in the future of women’s golf. There’s a brilliant twist in how LPGA commissioner Mike Whan pulls this off every year, the way his creation honors the game’s past, the LPGA’s founders and pioneers, while funding LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
Give Whan credit. The importance of this tournament shouldn’t be underestimated. It may not be a major in official designation, but it’s major in what it means to the past and future of women’s golf. It’s a wonderful bit of magic in how time intertwines in this event. – Randall Mell
On Tiger's chances to play the Masters ...
We're two weeks away from the Masters and there are no reports of Tiger Woods playing a full round of golf anywhere since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in early February.
NBC's Mike Tirico spoke to Woods this week, and the 14-time major champion said he'd returned to "some limited golf activity," and he remained optimistic he could still play in the year's first major. If he somehow manages to tee it up at Augusta, it's hard to imagine any kind of good form from the four-time Masters champion. – Ryan Reiterman