RORY RECLAIMS NO. 1 !
Rory McIlroy lost his world No. 1 crown after the PGA Championship — but not for long. Rory McIlroy, who is on track to beat Jack’s mark of 18 majors, has retaken the World No. 1 slot from Jordan Spieth, who is also on track to beat Jack’s mark of 18 majors. These postseason playoffs just got a lot more interesting.
1:30 pm Update
A couple of Woods items from last week. Remember when I said it looked like Woods grabbed at his back after his second shot on No. 11, but that the media was ignoring it? Here’s an update.
I noticed that Woods was walking very upright the entire week. Like he was trying to walk around while balancing a book on his head. Someone asked him about that in a presser, and he made a joke that he was just getting old. I didn’t think much more about it until I saw him seemingly reach for his back on No. 11.
I later encountered these two mentions, the first from ESPN:
Woods fell out of contention on the 11th hole, where he clutched his back after his tee shot and struggled to a triple-bogey 7. He also hit a poor tee shot at the 12th hole, leading to another bogey.
Then from Golf Channel:
Woods appeared to grab for his back after his second shot went left on the par-4 11th. Woods made a triple bogey, bogeyed the next hole and fell out of contention for his first win in more than two years.
The report from Golf Channel seemed to match my observation. (I didn’t see the tee shot on that hole.) My question, or point, is that the golf media would not discuss the injury until Woods specifically said afterward that it was “just my hip.” A rather cryptic remark which the press must have felt was not worth a followup, like, oh, I don’t know, “Why is your hip hurting?” Or, “When did this start?”
7:55 am Update
Idea for Morning Drive: More segments like the Geoff Shakelford segments. Bring on more outside guests for regular multiple segment appearances. Invite guys like Shane Ryan and Steve Elling, and tell them they are free to express any opinion — even if it is poking fun at Woods. Or equipment manufacturers. Or the PGA Tour, including, oh, say, these goofy “playoffs.” Most other areas of the media, including the sports media, thrive on controversy. You guys run from it.
Early Bird Special…
Another Problem With Playoffs: No Euro Seven players whatsoever. The Western Open, say, could have been expected to attract several strong Euro players were it still a regular tournament. As it is, there is no substory of Sneds vs the Euro Seven.
The Spencer Levin Story: Three or four years ago, for a period of about a year, two players’ names kept showing up on leaderboards. Week after week, Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley, two guys I knew nothing about, were in the top 25 constantly. But neither could get a win.
Their good form continued the next year. Then, as you probably remember, Kyle Stanley built up a big lead at the San Diego Open, only to let it slip away with a triple-bogey on the final hole.
The following week, however, Kyle Stanley finally got his first win when another player faltered after holding a huge lead. The player that let it slip away allowing Stanley to get his redemption? Spencer Levin.
That’s why I pull for Spencer Levin every time he is in the hunt.