“It’s been a lot easier to focus on something else,” McInerney said during an interview Tuesday.
The tournament, which debuted in 1983 with the first million-dollar purse in PGA Tour history, has attracted a field that includes eight major winners. The two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson had not planned to make his next official Tour start until the Phoenix Open in February. But after the shooting, he changed his mind and decided to add this event.
“Why would you not want to come here and support this place and show love?” said Watson, whose last competed here in 2007.
Charley Hoffman, like McInerney, starred on the golf team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He…