Fowler walked into a restaurant wearing a beanie pulled down over his ears. The look was not unusual for someone his age.
At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.
Woods arrived at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday mentally weary after announcing he and Vonn had ended their relationship of two years and enduring the annual reminder of the death of his father, Earl, nine years ago.
Tiger Woods felt rusty and tired Tuesday at The Players Championship — rust because he has played one tournament in three months, fatigue because of his personal life.
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are no longer a power couple in American sports.
The event, which will move to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., benefits Woods’ charitable foundation. He returned from back surgery to play in the tournament last year, but missed the cut.
The green jacket is all Jordan Spieth needs for an identity. He is the Masters champion. It’s just not going to help him get rid of a nickname he picked up late last year from a few PGA Tour players.
The only number that really mattered to Spieth on Sunday was 42 — his jacket size. “It’s the most incredible week of my life,” he said. “This is as great as it gets in our sport.”
Spieth tied Woods’ mark of 18-under 270, set in 1997. Woods remains the youngest man to ever win a Masters at 21 years, 3 months; Spieth now checks in second on that list at 21 years, 8 months and two weeks.
Spieth’s total over three mostly brilliant days at Augusta National was a 16-under-par 200, breaking the mark of 201 set by Raymond Floyd in 1976 and matched by Tiger Woods in 1997.
Spieth shot a 6-under 66 in the second round, essentially blowing away everyone in the field except Charley Hoffman, going to the weekend with a 14-under 130 total. That broke the record set by Raymond Floyd in 1976.
The 21-year-old Texan turned in a brilliant opening round at Augusta National, challenging the major championship scoring record on the way to an 8-under 64 and the lead on Thursday.