Update 3:15 pm: After Report of Rory Injury, American Media Member States “Can’t Stand” Rory, Calls Him Insulting Name
From Ryan Ballengee, here’s a link to a video clip of a news anchor calling Rory a “leprechaun” and saying she can’t stand him.
Update 11:15: The Upside of Rory’s Injury: Morning Drive spent more time on Rory today than they have in the entire history of the show combined.
Changing Odds at Brit Open: BetFair real-time market shows Rory at 13-1 (dependent upon his playing, of course) for the British Open. Jordan Spieth is at 15-2. Bovada and Ladbrokes have it Jordan 5-1 and Rory 6-1. (I don’t know those numbers prior to Rory’s injury.) [The real-time odds are higher because actual bettors are on both sides of the wagers. The bookmaking houses always offer lower odds to ensure a tidy profit.]
A New Number One? With Rory out this week and unlikely to play next week, Jordan Spieth can take over the world no. 1 ranking with a win next week at St. Andrews. With a good finish at the Deere this week, Spieth could top Rory with less than a win next week. Of course, if Rory does play at St. Andrews, he could cling to the top spot with a good finish, even if Spieth were to win.
Golf Channel Reality Check: After a week of glowing accolades from the Golf Channel about Tiger Woods’s incredible, spectacular, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious performance at Greenbrier, you might be surprised to find that Woods’s T-32 resulted in him falling from OWGR #220 to #226.
Bummed Out: I have to be honest. I’m bummed out about Rory’s injury. Even if he plays in the British Open, he won’t be 100 percent and in game shape. I was really looking forward to the Jordan-Rory talk heading into St. Andrews. I suspect Rory will have pressure on him to play even if injured in order to feed the hype machine. If he doesn’t play, he’ll wait until the last minute to withdraw; well, that’s my guess; it’s possible he’d bow out early if a late withdrawal was seen as being disruptive; I doubt it, though.