If Rory McIlroy wins the 101st PGA Championship on Sunday in New York, he will add another big victory to the long list of victories the Northeast has. According to recent reports, he also brought help in and his name is Tom Brady.
When it comes to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, he knows a thing or two about winning. Having played nineteen seasons and getting ready for his twentieth season in the NFL, Brady has six titles under his belt. But he took a pause from his usual football practices to play a friendly match against his Wall Street pal Jimmy Dunne and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. He and McIlroy went on to win with a result of 7&6. McIlroy laughingly said: “And that was with losing the first.”
The two-time PGA champion managed 11 holes of practice with Scotland’s Russell Knox on Tuesday, a day that was quite busy. When talking about his previous seasons, McIlroy explained:
“You get rewarded for good shots, and you get punished for bad ones. I feel sometimes at major championships courses are brought to the edge, and sometimes good shots are punished. Whether that’s fair or not is up for debate, but I think it’s a very fair golf course. I think the setup is very fair.”
If he wins this week, it will but McIlroy into an elite group of men with at least three PGA titles: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, and Walter Hagen. His last PGA triumph was at Valhalla in 2014 so we would like to see a new win added to his resume. Given that he is entering the week riding a wave of solid form, highlighted by a win at the Players Championship in March, we think that McIlroy will bring home the victory.