Update 4:00 pm
- Rory-DJ: I’m not crazy about this pairing because I don’t want a long drive contest to break out to the detriment of both players.
- Victor Dubuisson: How about Dubuisson’s comeback from yesterday’s horrible start? He was +3 at one point yesterday, and now sits at -4. You can’t mention Dubuisson without thinking of Jason Day; I worry about Day’s thumb. He had to pull out of Greenbrier, and the media didn’t even mention it in the buildup to the Open. For two weeks, we got 24/7 Tiger Tiger Tiger, but the first time Day’s thumb got any attention was during yesterday’s live broadcast when Day was grimacing. How does that saying go? The golf media is horrid. Yeah, that’s it.
- Eating Crow: Some funny (now) headlines from yesterday… “Tiger Woods’ champion pedigree shows in first round of Open” (Steve DiMeglio)… “Tiger Woods can win this Open” (ESPN).
- Make-Me-Pay Update: Here’s hoping we write a check this week. Rory is one of our Make-Me-Pay players. Victor Dubuisson is another one who has a legitimate shot these week. Rose not completely out of it, nor is McDowell, but they will need two great rounds and probably some help from the leaders..
- Adam Scott: Scott missed many very makeable putts today. At the time, they just seemed like missed opportunities to entrench himself atop the leaderboard. Now it looks like he needed them to maintain contact with the leaders. The weather is a real wildcard at the British Open, to state the obvious.
- Zinger’s Paranoia: Woods couldn’t control his drives early. Then, late, he loses one out-of-bounds to the right, re-tees and yanks one a mile to the left. Paul Azinger wonders if such driving woes mark the end of Woods’s contention in majors. After a commercial break, Zinger frets that his comment “might make some people mad.” How could anyone get mad? They too have seen with their own eyes, for years now, that Woods can’t hit a driver. Hank Haney wrote a book about Woods, “The Big Miss,” the title referring to Woods’s fear of hitting driver.
- Spieth-Woods: Looks like Spieth and Woods will go off in the first group tomorrow. I believe Spieth is 3-0-1 in such head-to-head matchups. I have not seen the official tee times, but I don’t see how they wouldn’t be playing together.
- Rickie Fowler: Great play by Rickie. He’s a changed man this year; I’m not surprised he’s hanging tough. I don’t know if his new look reminds me more of Young Tom Morris or the V For Vendetta guy.
Update 8:00 am
- Golf.com Interactive Live Blog: Don’t forget to check out the Golf.com interactive live blog. No login required to ask questions. Michael Rosengart and Connell Barrett are hosting today. I have no idea who they are, but if they are anything like the guys in the past, they will be willing to discuss questions most golf reporters avoid, i.e., Woods and Galea and PEDs. Just be polite and respectful.
Update 6:00 am
- Casual Golf Fans: It’s a small thing, but I found it interesting. Last night, I stumbled upon one of a thousand Rah Rah Tiger Woods articles. A parenthetical thought in a sentence caught my attention: “The casual watchers (who, admittedly, many hardcore golf fans could do without) aren’t nearly as invested in a tournament, even a major, if Tiger isn’t playing.” The admission that casual watchers are just there for the reality show, and won’t be missed when they are gone, was a rare dose of honesty.