“Before and after, McIlroy would sit there and talk to them. He was always saying, ‘Thank you.’ Fame hasn’t gotten to him. He likes people and he’s down to earth. I was very impressed with him.”
When he was done, McIlroy would sling his bag over his shoulder and carry it out to his car in the parking lot.
Who will Chipman root for in The Masters?
“I’ll definitely be rooting for Rory,” Chipman said of his new friend. “It would be hard not to root for him. He appreciates where he came from and also the game.”
As for McIlroy, he returned the compliment.
“It’s totally fine for me that I go and practice with everyone else. It’s a great experience.”
• Nova Southeastern won the Buccaneer Invitational men’s golf tournament, shooting a 25-under-par 827 at the Normandy Shores Golf Club. Barry finished second at 840, snapping a streak of five consecutive tournament victories. Lynn was third at 855.
• Barry University freshman Adam Svensson finished second at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Georgia College in Eatonton, Ga.
Svensson shot a 1-under 209 in the 54-hole tournament at The Golf Club of Cuscowilla’s 6,730-yard, par-70 course, finishing a stroke behind champion Gus Wagoner of Armstrong Atlantic. South Carolina-Aiken’s Matt Atkins was third at even-par 210.
It was Svensson’s second consecutive week with a second-place finish at a tournament in Georgia. His 209 was his best of the four events that he has competed in this spring.
Lynn won the team title, finishing with an 854 cumulative score.
South Carolina-Aiken, Nova Southeastern and Armstrong all tied for second at 860. Florida Southern was fifth with an 866, and nationally-ranked Barry finished sixth at 870.