The Masters is just three weeks away and Rory McIlroy put on a show Sunday worthy of a green jacket-winning trip around Augusta National.
He shot 65 at Bay Hill, including this outstanding 59-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Onions.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 20, 2016
And to cap the day off, McIlroy had an opportunity to thank Arnold Palmer in person for the week, as posted on Twitter.
— Arnie's Army (@ArniesArmyCF) March 20, 2016
Before you toss around McIlroy's name as the Masters favorite, there is a caveat. He made six double-bogeys at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and posted rollercoaster rounds of 75, 67, 75 and 65. That meant a finish well down in the standings, and not the kind of consistency you'd like to see in one of his final tuneups before the azaleas begin blooming.
So flashes of brilliance coupled with flashes of frustration for the Northern Irishman, who would love nothing more than to add a green jacket to his collection of golf trophies. But he has a lot of company in that regard.
In case anyone was wondering if Jason Day's putting would continue its lights-out form, he cleared things up rather quickly.
Thursday's round included a one-putt barrage on his last 7 holes.
And Hhe took the overnight lead with his 6-under 66.
Friday? Things like this happened.
The birdie that would take him to 9-under for the tournament.
Also, it's not just the putting game that's strong this week.
His short game is also on fire. Check out this approach shot on the third.
He finished up Friday with this birdie for a round of 65 and the lead at 13-under.
We could watch those all day.
HEAT'S ON: Day takes lead with one-putt streak