The action at TPC Harding Park on Day 1 has been A+, particularly if you’re an Aussie. Jason Day burst out of the blocks early to shoot a 65 and sit atop of a star-studded leaderboard.
Elsewhere, the story was the strong play of Tiger Woods and the struggles of Rory McIlroy, but those storylines have flipped in the past hour, with Woods coming back to the pack and McIlroy surging late. However, the true highlight of this featured pairing so far was not any golf shot, it was a conversation between Woods and McIlroy. The topic? Professional sports, and how some of them are handling the COVID situation.
“Once one person has it in in [an NFL] locker room, they’re all going to get it,” said Woods.
“MLB is doing well,” said an overly optimistic McIlroy.
“For now. If they have one more outbreak, they’re done,” Woods responded.
Woods may be characterised as a doom-and-gloom guy by some, but he is more-than-likely right. First, it was the Miami Marlins, then the St Louis Cardinals. A third team going through an outbreak might be the final nail in the MLB’s coffin.
Tiger and Rory chatting here on the fourth tee. Awesome stuff. Says no chance he’d use a bag like Rory’s because it’s SF Giants colors. The Dodgers fan wants no part of that.
— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 6, 2020
It wasn’t all COVID talk, though. Woods also commented on McIlroy’s golf bag, which was a shade of orange the 15-time Major champion didn’t care for.
This is it, this is what the people want. Some great, safe-for-work banter between two of the greatest players to ever live during a Major championship. Golf fans don’t ask for much.
For the full, difficult-to-understand conversation, check out this two-minute clip below and crank the volume:
Tiger and Rory caught on mic talkin' sports.
Tiger, a Dodgers fan, comments on Rory's bag.
“Those are Giants colors. I could never do it." Rory says he's a Man United fan.
Rory: "MLB is doing well…"
Tiger: "For now. If they have one more outbreak, they're done." pic.twitter.com/1tciVjhvg5
— Kendall Baker (@TheKendallBaker) August 6, 2020