7:17 a.m. Grey Goatee Mean Time
Emiliano Grillo’s hole-in-one today on No. 13 at Royal Portrush is not the first time the Argentinian has come to the attention of the Great Grey Nation in a major.
Back in 2016, when Grillo briefly led the PGA Championship on its second day only to lose the lead to eventual winner Jimmy Walker, we wrote this:
“Emiliano Grillo, the name you love to say so much that once said in the morning — once — you’ll randomly call out ‘Eh-mee-lee-ah-no Grree-oh!’ all day, just because it feels so good.
“Now, Jimmy Walker, that’s a real good American name. But it doesn’t make you break into songs of the Pampas and pop a nice little Finca El Portillo Malbec, does it, not like Emiliano Grillo! Emiliano Grillo! You can’t read it on the page and not sing it out, can you, with just a little Euro-Latin attitude. Oh, no you can’t.”
We revisited the subject after the weekend:
“Acting like you know what you’re talking about, while a good working strategy, doesn’t mean you’re not wrong.
“We wondered whether Argentine Spanish pronounces the double-l in Grillo like a y-sound. It doesn’t, or at least that’s what Emiliano Grillo told the announcers on your television set.
“So now, when you read his name and can’t help saying it out loud, it’s Gree-loh! I think you still get to roll your Rs.”