The RBC rumor has legs, too, as evidenced by the fact it cropped up again Friday night, when GolfChannel.com writer John Hawkins reported that RBC has agreed in principle to a four-year deal, citing an anonymous former member of the PGA Tour's Policy Board.
But it's hard to ignore the possibility that both reports were generated from bad information gathered via ripples from the same splash.
And trying to track the genesis of such rumors? Good luck with that. You're liable to wind up with something out of Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
"My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this guy who's dating the girl whose dad saw Steve Wilmot at 31 Flavors last night. He was with a guy whose shirt had an RBC logo. I guess it's pretty serious."
Golf is 90 percent inspiration and 10 percent perspiration. JOHNNY MILLER