First Off: Rory McIlroy's global tour vision, Gary Woodland details harrowing brain scare
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First Off: Rory McIlroy’s global tour vision, Gary Woodland details harrowing brain scare

A picture of golfer Rory McIlroy DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 29: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 8th hole during the Third Round on Day Four of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 29, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Welcome to First Off, my recap and reaction feature for Golf News Net members. Catch up on everything happening in the golf world each morning in an easy-to-consume format with commentary -- and sometimes insight -- to get your day started.

In today's kick-off edition:

  1. Rory McIlroy's global tour vision
  2. Gary Woodland is back after a scary brain surgery
  3. Deal of the Day
  4. Shout Out: Will Zalatoris' long putter

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