Expert Textpert: In a leadup to the Fallon appearance of Rory and Woods, the Guardian told us:
Tiger Woods, while focusing away from Ryder Cup and any other golf action, will not be just sitting around the house waiting to heal. In fact, he is scheduled to appear with the golfer many experts consider better than him now, Rory McIlroy, on The Tonight Show.
Many experts now consider Rory better than Woods? Many experts? Come on, everybody knows that. There’s no “expert” alive who thinks Woods is better.
Am I Missing Something? Does this newspaper article overstate the Nicklaus claim? Seemed weird, but that’s not the only line worth noting:
[Rory] heeded the advice of Jack Nicklaus (married 54 years but with no history of personal counselling) that marriage might be good for him. So Rory proposed to Caroline Wozniacki.
And, a few days after the wedding invitations went out in May, he declared their relationship over. Thanks Jack.
On Monday night in a New York television studio Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will sit down with the chat show host, Jimmy Fallon, and, if they stick to the conventions of their sport and the meagre demands of the genre, they will try to make light of an uncomfortable truth: their rivalry is over.
Golf is Dying Department: U.S. Open tickets are almost completely sold out for June 2015
Cling to Their Guns and Religion… and Tiger: The product placement at Golf Channel continues. Kelly Tilghman gave us this, during a discussion of an LPGA player’s injured wrist. Paraphrasing, “Tiger Woods said a bad back is no joke, and neither is a bad wrist.” A completely gratuitous mention of Woods. A little later, Rex Hoggard mentions something about Rory during “Tiger’s absence.” Woods isn’t absent; he played in all three of the events Rory recently won. Woods is old, injury-prone, and in the twilight of his career. But he wasn’t absent.
Tom Watson: Everyone says Tom Watson should be happy Woods took his name out of consideration for the Ryder Cup Team. I’m not so sure. Watson probably could have wrangled endorsement deals out of Nike and MusclePharm, and gotten a “consultant” gig with NBC.
CBS Golf Website: Recent changes, intentional or not, have caused the CBS Golf website to be unusable for me. Everything is shifted to the rightmost one inch of my browser. No other websites have this problem. If the matter is not remedied soon, look for me at Bleacher Report. Or maybe I’ll try someplace new.