“That’s just what I want to do for him, is just be like, dude, I’ll do anything you want. If you need me to help out with your kids, I can do that. If you want me to bring you — if you’re craving McDonald’s and you want me to bring it over, dude, I don’t care, I’m here for you and I’ll help out however I can.”
Rory McIlroy said he spent several hours visiting Woods several weeks ago.
“It was good to see him in decent spirits and actually not as, you know — like when you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, it’s like, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that.”
Mickelson the dessert expert
Phil Mickelson knows his Australian desserts. He related a humorous story from Adam Scott’s Champions Dinner where he got a chance to show off his culinary knowledge.
Scott served pavlova to end his dinner in 2014, a years after his victory. Mickelson took the opportunity to explain that the meringue-based dish with fruit and whipped cream was inspired by Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after a tour of Australia and New Zealand. A chef was so inspired that he named his creation after her.
Mickelson said former chairman Billy Payne was taken aback. Zach Johnson offered to bet he was making up the story.
Turns out this time, Mickelson was serious.
“My daughter was a dancer, and she wrote a biography on Anna Pavlova, and I made 32 pavlovas for her class when she was a little girl, and I knew this,” Mickelson said. “And I ended up, you know, being right, which is not often, but I was right on that particular moment.”
Dustin Johnson hosted the Champions Dinner after his victory in 2020. The menu:
Appetizers: Pigs in a blanket and lobster and corn fritters.
Salads: House salad and Caesar salad.
Main course: Filet mignon and sea bass with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Dessert: Peach cobbler and apple pie with ice cream.
Lee Elder was awarded an honorary doctorate degree for lifetime achievement from Paine College on Tuesday. Elder, the first Black player to compete in the Masters, was honored with a reception. The degree, in recognition of his “extraordinary contributions to humanity,” was conferred in December with a virtual commencement convocation because of the coronavirus pandemic. The college re-enacted the occasion with a hooding ceremony.
“At the heart of this gathering is the goal of recognizing a true American hero who defied the odds of poverty, lack of access, and extreme hostile racial barriers, one who emerged as a role model for millions of young people throughout the world,” said Michael Thurmond, chairman of the Paine College board of trustees, in a statement. “Lee Elder demonstrated how the power of faith, hard work, raw determination, and staying the course can impact one’s life. Now more than ever, our communities need role models such as Lee Elder.”
At last year’s Masters, in November, Augusta National Golf Club invited Elder to serve as an honorary starter for the 2021 Masters. He will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to officially open the tournament Thursday. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley also announced the establishment of endowed scholarships in honor of Elder and underwrite 100% of a new women’s golf program at Paine College.
The bar is set high
Jon Rahm will be playing in the Masters after his wife gave birth earlier in the week. McIlroy had the same experience last year when his wife delivered the couple’s first child just before the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Rahm and McIlroy will be in the same group for the first two rounds Thursday and Friday.
“My first round as a dad, I shot 64, so he’s got that to live up to,” McIlroy joked.