Wednesday, January 20

Rory Hopes to See More Putts Drop in 2016

RORY MCILROY HAD LASIK EYE SURGERY during his two months away from competitive golf. He is now expecting to see better results from his short game and putting as he begins his 2016 campaign.

McIlroy mentioned his improved eyesight in advance of the Abu Dhabi Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

"[I]t's definitely made things just that little bit sharper, maybe within 50 meters or so,'' Rory said in an AP story. ''I feel like I've always been a decent green reader, but maybe not quite as good as I could be. So that was one of the reasons why I took this step.''

The world No. 3 golfer also noted that his long-range vision is about the same as it was before the surgery.

McIlroy will tee it up in the first two rounds with top-ranked Jordan Spieth and world No. 5 Rickie Fowler, the event's marquee grouping. Diehard golf fans can watch them live tonight, starting at 10:40 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

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