As soon as the WGC-Firestone ended, I flipped over to Golf Channel for the postgame. I couldn’t wait to see what wonderful things they had to say about Rory winning the British Open, drinking Jagermeister out of the Claret Jug, then getting back to business and winning the WGC.
Couldn’t wait? Well, I waited and waited and waited… I’m still waiting. Here’s a chronological summary of the show:
- Tiger Woods (4 minutes)
- WGC wrap-up (5 minutes)
- Tiger Woods (5 minutes)
- Notah Begay on Woods (3 minutes)
- Phil Mickelson (3 minutes)
- Sergio Garcia (1 minute)
- Senior Tour (1 minute)
- Rory McIlroy (1 minute)
No pontification about what Rory’s win “means for golf.” No detailing of the “historic nature” of Rory’s win. No jokes about other players not even needing to show up next week. No. You’d have thought Rory just won the frys.com after missing three straight cuts on the web.com tour, and that Woods had won the Masters playing left-handed.
This was the most blatantly Tiger-centric coverage I’ve ever seen on Golf Channel, and that is saying a lot. Rory wins the British Open and follows that up with a WGC event, coming back from three shots down, and they headline Woods? The print media really needs to take Golf Channel to task for this, but they won’t. Woods’s injury news was about 8 or 10 hours old, and it’s not like no one knew he was rehabbing his back and that setbacks were likely. DaLaet had the same surgery and said it took about a year to recover.
I’m glad Holly Sonders left Golf Channel. It will hurt them, and they deserve to struggle. Rory is too good-natured to boycott them, but he should.
Rory’s win sent the bid on his British Open golf ball to $12,000 at Green Jacket auctions. If he plays well next week, it might yet hit six figures. My prediction was $40,000.
David Feherty interfered with Rory’s “Rorksy” ball toss into the stands. He better not have ruined the photographs. I need one for Rorksy III. I’ll draw one by hand if I have to!