[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.)