On the eve of the PGA Tour’s Florida swing, a four-tournament series in March that sets the stage for four months featuring Major golf championships, Rory McIlroy, 32, made a revealing observation.
McIlroy, a one-time child prodigy turned four-time Major winner, said the results of recent tour events were making him feel especially old. McIlroy was only half joking. But with Sunday’s conclusion of the Valspar Championship, the last chapter of the tour’s trip through the Sunshine State, McIlroy’s sentiments reflect an unmistakable reality: Men’s professional golf is being transformed by a sweeping youth movement.