Golf fans have drooled in anticipation of a one-two rivalry between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but the mop-topped Northern Irishman said on Tuesday that talk was premature.
With a resurgent Tiger Woods once again on the prowl and Rory McIlroy seemingly back in form, golf fans eagerly await the start of the 77th Masters which is now only hours away at Augusta National.
Chinese golf prodigy Guan Tianlang teed off with two-time US Masters champion Tom Watson for a practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday.
While Tiger Woods commands the spotlight going into this week's Masters after making a sizzling start to the season, 14-year-old Chinese Guan Tianlang has also got tongues wagging at Augusta National.
It's not every day that a 14-year-old amateur golfer holds a press conference at Augusta National Golf Club. Nor is it a common sight to see such a youngster play the famed back nine with the game's best player, Tiger Woods; yet it all happened on a sunny spring Monday in Augusta, Georgia.
Guan Tianlang answered questions about his readiness to play the Masters at the record-setting age of 14 when he gave two-times champion Ben Crenshaw a putting lesson at the 18th hole at Augusta National on Monday.
South Korea's Park Inbee won the Kraft Nabisco Championship by four strokes on Sunday after shooting a final round 69 to secure her second major title.
Steve Stricker could certainly do with a bit of Masters payback after giving his good friend Tiger Woods a valuable putting lesson during last month's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.
Thailand's Ajira Nualraksa held off Chinese amateurs Shi Yuting and Liu Yu to win the $50,000 Shanghai Classic Saturday, the first tournament of the 2013 China LPGA Tour season.
Rory McIlroy, playing for the first time since losing his world number one ranking earlier this week, got off to a shaky start at the Houston Open on Thursday where he dropped three shots over his opening eight holes.
Not even a ferocious storm that pushed the Arnold Palmer Invitational to a Monday finish could stop Tiger Woods from winning an eighth Bay Hill title and reclaiming the world number one ranking.
Rory McIlroy's decision to skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational surprised the tournament host, who expressed his disappointment on Wednesday that the world number one was not at Bay Hill this week.