RORY IS OUT!!! (Will others follow his courageous example?)

[Irish Times: Graeme not likely to play; Jordan iffy. (“Rory McIlroy won’t be the last to decide Rio not worth the hassle“)]

Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Olympics!

Thank you, Rory!  Now go win the last two majors!

Let corporatists be corporate whores!

Let NBC fight TV wars!

Come rain or hail or wind or snow, I’m not going off to Rio, no!

There’s playing in Scotland to be done!


Morning Drive Commentary: I thought of the NBC/Golf Channel/Morning Drive/Olympics connection right as Morning Drive was starting.  I flipped it on and caught the open.  Williams and Paige were the only ones there (if they have cut back to two in the studio, that’s an improvement right there), and they started with Rory.  Paige said, immediately, “The Olympics is still the greatest sporting event in the world.”  Uh, huh, sure, NBC.  Keep telling yourself that.

Next, they had Ty Votaw on a video feed.  An interesting choice since he is second-in-command (in my eyes, if not officially) to Finchem at the PGA Tour.  I guess the thinking is that the PGA Tour pushed hard for golf in the Olympics.  Whatever the case, Votaw said they were working hard to “educate” players about how the zika virus was nothing to worry about.  He pointed out that infections are lower now than earlier in the year.  So what is he saying?  That in February, when the PGA Tour was, same as now, pushing for players to go to Rio, it was a problem, but now it’s not?

By the way, there are many reasons apart from the zika virus to avoid the Olympics, such as the recent robbery of two Olympic athletes there to train.  And, oh, by the way, Steph Curry also declined to go.

Looks like my “Open Letter to Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day” — written three weeks ago to the day — brought some sanity to the golf world!

I wonder how Graeme McDowell feels about suddenly being in the Olympics field.  It can’t be a shock, so he’s probably thought about it already.  I hope Graeme, another favorite of mine, also declines.  It’s a nothing event and not worth even the smallest health risk.

What goes around comes around, and the actions and attitudes of NBC and Golf Channel are coming back to bite them.  I wrote three weeks ago that NBC was “the slimiest media outlet on the planet,” and I stand behind that 100 percent.  (If you think their golf coverage is biased and unprofessional, you should see their political coverage.)

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14 Responses to RORY IS OUT!!! (Will others follow his courageous example?)

  1. Ken says:

    Beyond Zika concerns which are legitimate for a young guy who may be considering a family, I think Rory is making the best decision for his golf career. Far more important things are upcoming.

    No matter who plays at the Olympics, golf there is going to be a big nothing. Even the better PGA tournaments don’t draw big ratings (even with Woods fans included). No one is going to make room in their schedule to watch this exhibition. Send Nicklaus and Watson to represent the US.

    • lannyh says:

      Well said, although I don’t want to expose Jack and Tom to the Zika virus. I offer Woods and Mickelson.

      Rory will now have one less distraction for the British Open and PGA. I hope that translates into a win or two.

  2. Brian Penn says:

    Amen, love it, great move by Rory. More to follow soon and this farce is quickly turning into amateur hour (B-flight).



  3. Ken says:

    If I were Graeme McDowell, I’d use the “I’d only play for my country” excuse. He’s a citizen of the UK and a subject of the Crown, not Ireland. He’s not ranked high enough to qualify for GBR; Willett and Rose have that locked down and there’s five other guys at least in front of him.

    Rory is also a citizen of the UK. There was some discussion of which country he would play for. I guess Northern Irishmen have the choice and after hedging for a bit, he chose Ireland.

  4. Speedy says:

    Have none of these wusses heard of insect spray repellent?

    Rors was in more danger attending a Euro football match.

    • Ken says:

      Why take any chance, when in the golf world this is just some totally meaningless exhibition?

    • Ken says:

      I think it’s more likely that Rory just didn’t want to play. Zika gives him an easy out.

      • lannyh says:

        I think it’s a combination. Zika is pretty scary, especially for those thinking of having kids. And for anyone who wants to lecture the world on how the zika virus is really not a big deal (ahem, Ty Votaw), I would remind them of all the past bad medical advice that has been dispensed. Anyone read Barbara Eisenreich? Read about her experiences with hormones (which were now all the rage) but were eventually taken off the market for being carcinogenic. Then there’s all the years of warnings of the evils of fat — and now that’s said to be bad advice. I guess I’m saying the record of experts in pretty much every field is one demanding huge grains of salt. Especially when a megacorp like NBC has a dog in the fight.

  5. Kris says:

    4 people I work with have been to Brazil in the past month and they’re fine. I think these golfers that are backing out are afraid of failing the WADA blood test. Tiger Jr at least.

    • lannyh says:

      Well, lots of people drive drunk and don’t have accidents. Others do. It’s risk/reward, and there is — let’s face it — zero reward for the Olympics.

      • Kris says:

        I was trying to get under your skin and you didn’t take the bait. I’m sad. You’re right, the Olympics are meaningless. First off, it should be amateurs and not professionals. Secondly, medals are meaningless if you don’t have to compete against doping Russians. In all seriousness, though, it’s a weak field competing on a crappy course. Winning a challenge tour event would be more meaningful.

    • Speedy says:

      I believe the correlation, and that Zika’s a smokescreen. These WDs illustrate again that golf organizations have some housecleaning to do.

  6. Jaybird77 says:

    Courageous Example? A little overly dramatic don’t you think?

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