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A friend is looping for Rory McIlroy for now (and he’s the betting favorite to keep the job)

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Rory McIlroy’s longtime friend Harry Diamond will carry the Ulsterman’s bag at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and next week’s PGA Championship, per a report in The Telegraph.

Diamond does have experience on Rory’s bag, looping for him as recently as the 2014 Dunhill Links Championship. And while we haven’t received official word on the Rory-J.P. split, The Telegraph suggests Fitzgerald may have mis-clubbed his boss on the 10th hole during the final round of The Open.

Of course, McIlroy also credited the looper’s pep talk with inspiring his opening-round rebound after a rough start.

If you want to take a guess as to who Rory’s next permanent caddie will be (or whether the Diamond could stay on the bag full-time), why not place a wager? Paddy Power is offering odds on who McIlroy’s next permanent bag carrier will be.

Romeo from “Tin Cup” is an attractive play at 500-1…

8/13       Harry Diamond
9/4         Billy Foster (Lee Westwood’s caddie) 
9/2         Jim ‘Bones’ MacKay
7/1         Joe LaCava
10/1       Michael Doran
14/1       Steve Williams
14/1       Ricky Elliott
16/1       Gareth Lord
16/1       Ted Scott
16/1       Colin Byrne
20/1       Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan
40/1       Fanny Sunesson
100/1     John Rathouz
100/1     Niall Horan
300/1     Gerry McIlroy
300/1     Tiger Woods
500/1     Romeo from ‘Tin Cup’

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  1. Dave R

    Aug 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I get it it’s the caddies fault if the player hits a bad shot. And only the caddie knows how far he’s going to hit it. Give me a break this young man had better grow up better yet get his wife to caddie.

  2. Quine Duhem

    Aug 2, 2017 at 9:43 am

    What are the odds for Bagger Vance?

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The DailyWRX: What’s buzzing on social media (5/27/2020)

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Who is still reeling from The Match? I am. I have watched it twice now, and like a good Seinfeld episode, I am noticing little nuances that make it that much better.

Anywho, here is what was jamming on social media.

Besides TW or Phil…with lives on the line..

I want JDay.

I think everyone agrees with this one…

Ryder Cup with zero fans…it’s just a hard no.

Can we just get these two every day?

Can we just start a world tour like Billy Joel and EJ? Let’s workshop that idea.

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Ollie could take….

…a good pic of an insurance billboard. Kid has skillz.

Elk asks a great question actually……

Selfishly, I love the idea of mic’d up players, but I suspect half of these players would have to become someone else as to not “say the wrong thing.” This whole thing vexes me. How about they pick 10 players a day…8 at random and two from the stud groups. Just a thought. That would at least keep you on your best behavior for only one day.Then you can go live your life and say what you want like an adult.

 

DM @johnny_wunder for things and stuff.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about Tom Brady’s 8 handicap

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Tom Brady’s golf game after watching him on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity.

Brady reportedly has an 8.1 handicap, and after struggling early on during The Match before coming home strong, our members have been discussing the quarterback’s game, with the majority believing nerves and the conditions got the best of him at the beginning at Medalist.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Sean2: “In his defense, he probably hasn’t played much golf. He hit some very nice shots, so obviously the swing is there.”
  • tsecor: “That shot he hit clearly shows he can play…..he seemed to be out of practice and uncomfortable out there…..id say an 8 is legit.”
  • jvincent: “Pouring rain, mic’d up, not in his comfort zone. I’m willing to give him a pass. I was really surprised he didn’t have a driver though. That’s unusual for single digit.”
  • WhatWouldPhilDo: “Weather, course difficulty, all eyes on him, hyped match, two of the best next to him, mic on him. And he isn’t playing football, so I am sure he is nervous. Not to mention, learning a new playbook, so he probably isn’t golfing every day. I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. He has played in other Pro-AMs. If he was that bad, they would’ve never had him in it.”
  • Rdriver: “Hard to judge handicap with the weather. I’m sure It would probably add 5 or more to my handicap in the rain. The greens and fairways looked perfect. That’s what I noticed more than anything.”

Entire Thread: “Tom Brady’s 8 handicap”

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Charles Barkley reveals his solution to ensure golf’s successful fan-less return

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Fresh from his entertaining role in the booth for Sunday’s The Match: Champions for Charity, basketball legend Charles Barkley appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday where he discussed his primary idea to help tour golf make a triumphant return next month.

Just like at Medalist on Sunday, Barkley revealed that mic’d up players and allowing members of the broadcast to have on-course interaction with them is key to keeping viewers entertained during the sport’s spectator-less return.

“If you’re not going to have fans, you can’t just have guys playing golf and announcers talking. If they’re going to be successful and have great ratings – number one, they’re going to have great ratings because we need golf, we need sports – I think they should consider mic’ing the players.”

5-time major champion and golf analyst Nick Faldo is already onboard with Barkley’s idea, tweeting that he feels that tour pros wouldn’t object to it either before adding “this could be huge”.

“I think more players will do this, and if they are happy with we analysts talking direct to them, this could be huge!”

Would you like to see players mic’d up and interacting with members of the broadcast during live tournament play, WRXers?

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