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Canadian Open at Glen Abbey and one of Tiger's greatest shots: Could he hit it today?

The RBC Canadian Open returns to Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, this week, a good time to recall one of the greatest shots Tiger Woods ever hit. And to lament that at this point in his career, it’s unlikely he could duplicate it.

It was the final round of the 2000 Canadian Open. Woods had already won eight tournaments that year, including the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship.

He held a one-stroke lead over Grant Waite on the par-5 18th hole, the 72nd of the tournament, and drove his ball into a bunker on the right side of the fairway. He had 216 yards to the hole, virtually all carry, the direct route requiring he clear trees and carry a large lake to a tight back right pin. Waite already was on the green in two, looking at an eagle putt. Woods played a 6-iron. Here’s the shot:

“I keep telling everyone, I didn’t hit the green. I hit over the green. It wasn’t really that good,” Woods said, hinting at the precision with which he operated in those days.

He made an easy birdie and won by one, his ninth victory of the year. It gave him the triple crown of national championships, U.S., British and Canada, the first to do so since Lee Trevino in 1971.

Today? Even envisioning him leading a tournament is a stretch, much less hitting an epic iron shot from a fairway bunker over water with the outcome on the line.

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The Grind

Zach claims the claret jug, Jordan just misses on more history, more St. Andrews magic, and a rowdy flight home

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we were forced to follow the final round of the British Open from an airplane -- and it was actually kind of fun. Flanked by my new buds Bob and Wayne in aisle 37, I plunked down $16.99 for in-flight internet access and tracked the tournament on Twitter (United Airlines really needs to figure out how to get streaming video to work) until my computer died. Then we switched over to Wayne's iPad and the back of the plane turned into a big living room with everyone getting into the action. Everyone except the middle-aged couple sitting in front of us, that is. They were NOT happy with Wayne yelling updates to his buddy a few rows back.

In the end, the united golf fans aboard United flight 109 were happy it was such an exciting finish, although a little disappointed we weren't still at St. Andrews to see it. My excuse for coming back on Monday was my wedding is this coming Saturday and staying an extra day in Scotland, well, let's just say I want to get off on the right foot. But before I walk a different aisle, let's walk through what was a wild and wonderful week at the Old Course.

WE'RE BUYING

Zach Johnson: We were disappointed with his finish at the John Deere Classic, but impressed with his preparation at St. Andrews the following day. And boy did it pay off. With a final-round 66, Johnson got into a playoff and defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the claret jug. With a pair of majors and 12 PGA Tour wins, Johnson has suddenly morphed from a very good player to a likely Hall of Famer. He may be one of the nicest guys on tour, but on the golf course, Zach Johnson is a bad, bad man.

Jordan Spieth: Sure, he came up short of winning a third consecutive major, but what an unbelievable run. Despite never having the outright lead to himself all week, it just seemed inevitable Spieth would pull it out -- as Shane Ryan's piece perfectly summarizes. The Grand Slam bid may be over, but the fact that Spieth even dared come this close is a special accomplishment we'll be talking about for a long time. And how about sticking around to watch and congratulate the winner? All class.

Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour

St. Andrews: My first trip to the Home of Golf exceeded even my high expectations. So much so that I felt compelled to take a lot of photos of the town/course and turn it into a slideshow. What a magical place. And it even had a Subway!

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Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour

Thank goodness for that Subway.

WE'RE SELLING

Dustin Johnson: This might be more inexplicable than any of his heartbreaking losses in majors. A 75-75 finish? On a course he was destroying for the first two days? Maybe he's not as unflappable as we all thought.

Adam Scott: How has this guy not won a British Open in the past four years with the way he's played in this event? On three of those occasions, he's had the lead on the back nine on Sunday only to completely implode. If the Open was 62 holes instead of 72, Scott would have a lot more hardware in his house.

Tiger Woods: It just keeps getting worse. We foolishly got excited over his iron play at the Greenbrier not realizing he'd then try to "attack" a vulnerable Old Course with those irons off the tee. Woods played with no confidence in any other clubs, and once again didn't even come close to making the cut at a major. Afterward, he was left talking about having to win his host event, the Quicken Loans National, next week just to get into the field at Firestone, where he's won eight times. Good one, Tiger!

Betting on Louis Oosthuizen: I've done it twice at majors and he's lost in a playoff both times now. What. A. Dagger. As good as the tournament was, there was certainly a letdown when Spieth didn't come through. And then I had another letdown when Louis didn't come through. And why wasn't there a streaker on the 18th green? Come to think of it, thanks to the Monday finish, he or she was probably on my flight.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, aka that place where Tiger hit that incredible fairway bunker shot on the last hole when he was winning on a weekly basis in 2000.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Behind the British Open and the U.S. Open, this is the third-oldest continuously-running tournament on the PGA Tour. Some guy named John H. Oke won the first one in 1904 with a 16-over-par total of 156 for 36 holes.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Tiger Woods will win the Quicken Loans: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Tom Watson will have a third "final" sendoff at St. Andrews in 2020: 10-to-1 odds

-- There won't be as much talk about playing in the John Deere Classic ahead of the British Open next year: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Pretty cool.

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Chris Paul encouraging his son on the driving range was the cutest:

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I'm grateful. I'm humbled. I'm honored. This is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports. I felt great. I'm just in awe right now." -- Zach Johnson.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY JIMMY WALKER-ERIN WALKER PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

THIS WEEK IN PAIGE SPIRANAC BEING PAIGE SPIRANAC

We weren't joking last week about giving Paige her own spot, especially after the golf world's favorite new starlet stayed busy on Instagram during the Open. Here, she attempts juggling a golf ball with a twist:

Here she is absolutely crushing one off the tee:

And here she is demonstrating a good stretch.

Thanks, Paige. Very helpful.

THIS AND THAT

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Jason Day came up just short at a major again, and it's tough not to look at the two bogeys he made on Saturday when the R&A screwed up and had golfers play in ridiculous conditions for 32 minutes. One of these, um, days, Jason. We hope. . . . None of my big bets for the week hit, but at least Danny Willett hung on to finish T-6 so I could collect on my "each way" (top six) wager on him. Again, it would have been nice to collect a win bet as well, but, alas, Louis O. . . . As expected, the food in the British Open media center was dicey all week, but these chocolate chip cookies were a surprising delight. . . . And yes, I'm really getting married this Saturday. To an actual person named Michelle. And she's lovely. Unfortunately, that means there will be no Grind for the next two weeks. Again, trying to get off on the right foot with this whole marriage thing. I hope my absence isn't too much for you to handle.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Will Jason Day ever win a major?

Will there ever be a Chili's in Scotland?

Will anyone miss me the next two weeks?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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This video of what happened to Louis Oosthuizen sums up just how ridiculous it was to start play this morning at the British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The second round resumed at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, and, well, things got a little goofy. Play was halted 32 minutes later and players like Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson were left wondering why they were even brought out on the course in the first place.

Related: The winners and losers from Day 2 at St. Andrews

But nothing explains just how ridiculous the conditions were like what happened to Louis Oosthuizen on the 13th green. Near the top of the leader board, the South African was setting up for a short par attempt when the ball blew even closer to the hole. That should have been a good break, but while Oosthuizen discussed it with playing partner Tiger Woods, the ball blew about five feet farther away. Watch:

Just watch what happens. All the way to the end!

Posted by Donal Hughes on Friday, July 17, 2015

Another look at Louis' "Nooooooo" reaction when he realized he should have marked his ball when he had the chance:

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It's somewhat of a light moment, but there's nothing funny about a major championship potentially being decided by a bad decision. Ted Scott, Bubba Watson's caddie, explained just how upset golfers were with the R&A.

Watson bogeyed the only hole he completed Saturday morning and now sits one shot outside the cut line with two holes to finish -- whenever that happens. High winds are expected all morning and the R&A will keep reevaluating when it's reasonable to begin play again.

Here's Luke Donald chiming in:

Of course, it's much easier to joke about the situation when you get to sleep in after finishing your second round on Friday.

When play does resume, there will be a lot of catching up to do. The R&A announced it would stick with threesomes for the third round to help, but it doesn't appear like it will use a split-tee start like it did last year at Hoylake.

With more bad weather in the forecast for Sunday, that could be another decision that winds up backfiring.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. St Andrews time: The R&A has announced that play isn't expected to resume until 4 pm local time at the earliest. Because of this, the plan is to complete the second round today with the third round to be played on Sunday and the final round on Monday. This is only the second time they will have had a Monday finish at the Open, the other being in 1988 at Royal Lytham.

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We interrupt your British Open viewing to bring you this adorable video of Chris Paul's son on the driving range

Chris Paul has long been one of the NBA's best players and one of the league's most avid golfers. And now it looks like he's passing his love of the links onto his son, Chris Paul, Jr. -- he of post-game press conference and State Farm commercial fame.

Related: Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala win NBA title, look for Augusta invite

Watch Lil' Chris, 6, take a practice swing and then crush a shot, all while his dad watches and provides encouragement. Impressive.

You've gotta start somewhere..........#FatherSonTime

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We love the quick nod from Lil' Chris before immediately reaching for another golf ball to pound. Kid looks hooked.

Big Chris had a good week golf-wise, too. On Thursday, he showed off his new bag.

Thanks @nikegolf and of course the wonderful @amyebartlett! #GoDeacs

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Enjoy the off-season, you guys.

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The Grind

Jordan vs. Rickie, a WAG's nice swing, new experiences at the Old Course, and golf's newest siren

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we're happy to say we're coming live from St. Andrews for the first time. This is definitely the kind of golf writing Old Tom Morris would have enjoyed. Well, maybe it'd be more of Young Tom's thing. Either way, we're excited to be at the Old Course and happy we never had to spend any substantial time in the nearby dungeons of Edinburgh Castle. Speaking of royalty, one man has clearly taken golf's throne for the time being. Let's discuss the new king and everything else going on during this exciting week.

WE'RE BUYING

Jordan Spieth: This is getting ridiculous. We actually thought Spieth might mail it in at the John Deere Classic and after an opening 71, he looked poised to be heading to St. Andrews early for extra prep work after all. Whoops. Spieth shot 64-61-68 over the final three days and beat Tom Gillis in a playoff. On top of that, he told everyone he reeled in a 300-pound shark that had eaten a tuna he had originally hooked. Yeah, it's all fun and games for this guy right now:

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Rickie Fowler: As if the hype for a British Open at St. Andrews with one of the game's biggest names having a shot at the calendar Grand Slam wasn't going to be enough, another one of golf's young stars won the Scottish Open to remind everyone he's also a serious threat at the Old Course. The reigning Players champ looks like he's finally starting to close the door at tournaments.

Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour

In Gee Chun: Speaking of young talent, this 20-year-old just made her first LPGA Tour win the U.S. Women's Open. That's impressive. The LPGA Tour's depth is starting to rival that of the PGA Tour. Speaking of that. . .

Tom Gillis: Losing in a playoff always stings, but Gillis' Sunday 63 and seemingly random runner-up finish goes a long way to help his standing on tour. The 46-year-old journeyman now has just 10 career top 10s on the PGA Tour and like me, he's making his first trip to St. Andrews this week. Hey Tom, let me know if you find a Chili's.

WE'RE SELLING

PGA Tour's drug testing: While we applaud Scott Stallings for turning himself in for using a banned substance by accident, the tour's testing has to be called into question considering Stallings wasn't caught during a screening. Stallings received a three-month ban, but only because he policed himself. Lance Armstrong would have loved this level of testing.

Related: Get to know your British Open courses

Zach Johnson: It's tough to be disappointed about shooting 19-under par for a tournament, but ZJ has to be after only managing to par the final seven holes at a course he absolutely owns. Of course, he got a couple of tough breaks, including a loud noise going off as he was about to putt on No. 16. It's hard to knock a guy who was practicing at St. Andrews and spending 25 minutes grinding on No. 17 less than 16 hours after missing out on a playoff by one shot on the other side of the Atlantic. What a machine.

World Golf Hall of Fame scheduling: If you're going to have this ceremony once every two years and only four living people are going to get the nod, wouldn't it make sense to make sure all of them could be in attendance? Sadly, Laura Davies was unable to make it to the ceremony to be honored after making the cut at the U.S. Women's Open and having a flight delayed (even if the flight wasn't delayed, she would have been scrambling to make the Monday event). Davies made it to the reception, but her having to miss what is literally a once-in-a-lifetime moment is inexcusable.

Paul Fusco: Speaking of inexcusable, Sei Young Kim's caddie (formerly a bag man for Vijay Singh among others) was banned from the U.S. Women's Open before it started for being caught taking a cellphone photo of the week's course setup. That's a pretty bold move.

ON TAP

The PGA Tour heads to the Open Championship at St. Andrews, aka the Old Course, aka the Home of Golf, aka, well, there's really not much else to say when you're called the Home of Golf.

Related: 15 signs you watch too much golf on TV

Random tournament fact: Not sure if you've heard, but Jordan Spieth is looking to win the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam.

RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK

-- Rory McIlroy is playing soccer this week: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- Tom Gillis will make more money in his St. Andrews debut than I will (In other words, Tom Gillis will make the cut): Even odds

-- Serena Williams has a better chance of completing the calendar Grand Slam than Jordan Spieth: LOCK

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

We're going to throw it back two decades to this fantastic photo of John Daly winning the Open at St. Andrews because we recently just saw it for the first time and because no photo from this past week could possibly top it.

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Related: A look back at Daly's stunning win at St. Andrews

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Check out the golf swing by Keegan Bradley's girlfriend, Jillian Stacey:

Went to visit @keeganbradley1 on the range today to show him a thing or two ⛳ᅬ

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Not bad! Of course, she's got to practice a bit more to reach the form of Erin Walker, who posted this photo:

The other day at #VictoryRanch. Big thank you to @instagregs for having us out and taking such a fun pic!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"I know some of you think I'm buried and done, but I'm still right here in front of you." -- Tiger Woods at his pre-tournament press conference.

THIS WEEK IN MODELS PLAYING GOLF

We introduced you to Paige Spiranac a few weeks ago and her social media popularity is taking off. And since graduating from San Diego State, her golf game has stayed sharp. Here she is posing with the trophy after winning the Colorado State Match Play.

Won the Colorado State Match Play tournament! And was medalist with a 68⛳ᅬ

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And here she is not dominating on a golf course:

For once I'm not dressed in golf or workout clothes🙊

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We might need a weekly Paige Spiranac update from now on.

THIS WEEK IN DUSTIN JOHNSON-PAULINA GRETZKY RICKIE FOWLER-ALEXIS RANDOCK PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

These photos are even better when a trophy is involved.

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THIS AND THAT

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The Fox Business host who called Rory McIlroy "a leprechaun" made a follow-up on-air statement saying she wanted to call him something "much worse" for what he did to Caroline Wozniacki. So at least one person is openly glad the World No. 1 isn't playing this week. We can think of 155 golfers who secretly don't mind, either. . . . While John Deere Classic TV ratings were up 133 percent, ratings for the U.S. Women's Open were the lowest they've been since at least 1996. Guess we shouldn't be too surprised Jordan Spieth is a much bigger draw than In Gee Chun. . . . Martin Piller won the Web.com Tour's Boise Open by six shots with a 28-under-par total. Not much else to say other than that's some good shooting. . . . Speaking of taking shots, you get all of that, plus a cheap beer in that pub crawl? Seven nights a week? Edinburgh seems like a really fun city. Too bad Rory couldn't make it for the Jager bombs.

RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER

Is Jordan Spieth really human?

Who is the best Tour WAG golfer?

What would Old Tom Morris think of flat brims?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for GolfDigest.com. Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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Explosion goes off in Zach Johnson's backswing, totally freaks him out

We cover a lot of ground in Golf Digest, offering tips on pretty much every situation in golf. Here's one we hadn't really considered until now: how to collect yourself when a loud explosion goes off right as you're standing over a big putt.

Here was the the scene on the 16th hole of the final round of the John Deere Classic, with Zach Johnson a stroke back of Tom Gillis and standing over a lengthy birdie putt.

It was unclear where the noise originated. A boat driving by right when Zach Johnson was putting was originally identified as the culprit, but it also could have been a car backfiring on a nearby service road. Or a gunshot. Or fireworks. What was apparent is that Johnson was rattled, but he still managed to two-putt for par.

(Update: Consensus seems to be it was an air cannon from the boat.)

It was not Johnson's only bad break of the day, because he also had this putt on 18 to tie for the clubhouse lead.


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5 things to talk about on the course: Ariana Grande, NBA emoji wars, and "Silicon Valley"

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. British Open: There's so much to talk about ahead of the season's third major. Fortunately, our editors did just that in our British Open roundtable. Jordan Spieth is going for the calendar Grand Slam. Rory McIlroy is out. Tiger Woods is BACK -- to hitting his irons well. And the Old Course is still the Old Course. This should be fun. Again, you can read about it all if you follow the red link below:

Related: GolfDigest.com's British Open roundtable

2. Wimbledon: There's been all this talk about Jordan Spieth potentially winning the Grand Slam, but what about the person who actually has a good chance of pulling it off? Serena Williams is in yet another final and unless she decides to play some soccer on the way to Center Court, she's going to win at the All England Club. Already arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all time, she could cement her legacy by having one of the greatest seasons of all time.

3. Ariana Grande: So she licked a bunch of donuts in a bakery? What's the big deal? Actually, that's disgusting, but it sounds like something we'd see in a Lady Gaga music video. Here's the clip:

Ohhhhhh, and she said she "hates America?" The country that's allowed her to become a superstar/multi-millionaire for singing in lingerie? Yeah, not a smart career move.

4. Deandre Jordan: Speaking of only in the U.S., how about the free agent/hostage situation with this guy? Word got out that the center was having second thoughts about signing with the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers mobilized quickly to meet with him in person. An incredible emoji battle broke out with players describing their modes of transportation to get to Jordan's house, and once they got there, they locked him (Blake Griffin tweeted a photo of a chair barricading Jordan's front door) in until he re-signed with L.A. to make the Clippers one of the four favorites (along with the Warriors, Spurs and Cavaliers) heading into next season. Seriously, they might make a funny movie about this one day. Only Mark Cuban and the Mavs still won't be laughing.

Ranking: The 17 best musical acts to perform at "Tiger Jam"

5. "Silicon Valley": I wasn't as impressed by the first season of this HBO comedy about a tech start-up as most people, but the second season? Fantastic. The writing is great and Erlich Bachman is one of the best characters on TV. Where has actor T.J. Miller been all my life?

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Here's Jordan Spieth practicing on a simulator, because real golf courses are so last year

By now you know that Jordan Spieth won't be arriving at St. Andrews until after he plays in the John Deere Classic, and that he instead has prepared for the British Open by playing the Old Course on his home golf simulator.

"I have a full-swing simulator in my house and have been playing a few holes on St Andrews on it,” Spieth said recently. “I’ve made the fairways and greens firm and have been able to kind of see some of the lines off the tees."

You might say this is a lame substitute, no more effective than an offensive lineman preparing for a match-up with J.J. Watt by practicing against the Fathead on his bedroom wall. But Spieth has evidence to suggest this approach works. Because here's the golfer preparing for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay by also playing the golf course on his home simulator. How'd that go? Oh yeah, pretty well.


Lest you think this sort of preparation will sweep through golf, you should know it's not cheap. The Full Swing Golf Simulator Spieth plays on here retails for $45,900. According to Matt Cook, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the company, a new model coming out this fall will utilize the same technology but start at a less daunting $25,900.

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Fox Business host offers clarification for why she called Rory McIlroy "a leprechaun," doesn't back down

On Monday, an on-air host was overheard on Fox News' Outnumbered program calling Rory McIlroy "a leprechaun" and saying she "can't stand him." A day later, she didn't back down from her position.

The Grind: Rory's soccer mishap and Jimenez's nap at Wimbledon

Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery, who is still upset by how McIlroy ended his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki last year, made the following announcement on Outnumbered on Tuesday:

"Yesterday at this time I used the word leprechaun to describe golfer Rory McIlroy. I love sports, I love golf, but I am not a fan of Rory's. Mostly for the way he treated tennis great Caroline Wozniacki and discarded her like a piece of chewed gum when he broke her heart and broke off their engagement in a short phone conversation. That's worse than breaking up on a Post-it. Now to be clear, neither Harris nor Jenna Lee used the term and I don't want them to get the credit for it. I called Rory McIlroy a leprechaun and believe me I wanted to call him much worse. As you know, some of my best friends are leprechauns and they also have tremendous sense of humor. Thank you."

Hmm. OK. . .

And here's a video clip of Montgomery delivering this message on the air:

Just a guess, but McIlroy probably won't be appearing on Outnumbered anytime soon.

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For some reason, Fox News host calls Rory McIlroy a "leprechaun" and says she "can't stand him"

By this point, you've probably heard a lot of outrageous reactions to Rory McIlroy's ankle injury, from the ridiculous ("How dare he play anything other than golf!") to the even more ridiculous ("How dare he call it 'soccer!'"). But one opinion is in a league of its own thus far.

Related: How Rory's injury affects betting on the British Open

On Fox News' Outnumbered program on Monday, one reporter randomly called McIlroy a "leprechaun" and said she "can't stand him." A little harsh, no? Here's the odd clip (thanks to Twitter user @Wrong_Fairway for sharing) in which someone not on screen can be heard giving her extra-hot take on the situation following a report on McIlroy's injury:

Maybe she's upset that her bet on McIlroy winning two majors in 2015 probably isn't going to come through? In any matter, kudos to co-host Harris Faulkner for making such a smooth transition to the next segment. That's a pro's pro right there.

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