Submitted, For Your Approval, By a Reader: A reader found a fantastic piece written by former PGA player Robert Damron. The PED comments are misinformed, but the rest is great. I hope one day Damron writes a book and names names.
Rory and Nike: [Update: There is now a denial that Rory has scheduled the practice round. I maintain my opinion that he should just wait until next January, and do his annual Dubai “spring training” golf camp. Nike already screwed you once, Rory, don’t let them do it again.]
I wasn’t happy when Rory signed with Nike. For one thing, the equipment change resulted in a lost year. In contrast, Jordan Spieth jumped at the chance to represent Under Armour, a major reason being they didn’t require an equipment change.
It is said that injuries like Rory’s require 84 days (12 weeks) to heal. When the PGA Championship begins, Rory’s recovery will be at the 41-day mark.
This morning I pulled up Rory’s Twitter account to see if he posted anything about Whistling Straits. There was nothing, but these two old tweets, one of which you’ll remember, were still there:
Okay, about three weeks prior to Rory’s injury, Nike makes a tweet about how Rory is going rule the summer. He’s going to run roughshod over the competition just like he did last year. Now, go buy some clothes from the Nike Rory Collection!!
So Rory injures himself, and it looks like he will miss the entire summer. So, suddenly, with no prior leaks about Rory’s “injury healing faster than anticipated,” we hear Rory is going to play a practice round at Whistling Straits five days before the PGA Championship.
Is Nike putting pressure on Rory to return too early?
Whistling Straits 2010: Don’t forget that Golf Channel is replaying the 2010 PGA Championship, the one where DJ grounded his club, Bubba and Kaymer played off, Rory finished one back, and the broadcast producer cut away from Rory playing Snake, a critical par-5, in order to show Woods lining up a meaningless putt on the final hole.