Golf Hangover: Even though the FedEx Cup events and the Ryder Cup can be quite interesting, most agree the true golf year starts with Augusta and ends with the PGA Championship. In recent years, I made the case that the year began with the Match Play in Tucson, but now that they’ve moved it and changed the format, who knows. I have also sometimes, logically, considered the first event in January as the start, and I still do, to some extent, but, well… I’m really starting to ramble…
My point is that there seems to be a 48-week golf season now, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. So, for me, if the PGA Championship doesn’t mark the end of the golf season, it at least marks the beginning of football season, and I’m ready for a break.
That said, I have accumulated numerous ideas for serious golf articles this year, and now I finally have the time to write them. And to proofread them, if the mood should strike me. Also, our annual Golden (Medal) Bear update is coming soon. Stay tuned.
Beware of Darkness: I wasn’t happy with how nightfall interfered with the ending of the PGA Championship, but then the guy I was for won, so how irate can I get? Regardless, if anyone was hurt, a valid case can be made that it was Rory, in that he had to rush. And he didn’t get to watch Mickelson and Fowler hit their approaches before he used driver to tee off. As well, it was a bit ironic that Rory had to finish in the dark after waiting a minute or five on ever shot all day long. The PGA and CBS were hellbent on a late finish, so they didn’t move the start times up Sunday morning. And it worked out great for them: CBS got their runover into prime time, and the darkness only added to “casual golf fan” interest. If they affected the outcome of one of golf’s four cornerstone events, so be it. They have cash registers to ring, doncha know.
Overlooked I: Rory jumped over Jimmy Walker to take the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. Walker had led the entire year, something that obviously irked the golf media.
Overlooked II: Rory all but cemented Player of the Year honors.
Irish Times: The Irish Times posted a nice article containing some Nicklaus comments made after Rory’s win. The Irish newspapers are some of the best places to get original, substantive information on Rory. I guess that’s no surprise, but, man, these days the US golf media repeat each other so much. You see the same damn stories at every website, and they aren’t even about anything that matters.
Morning Drivel: Rex Hoggard had this pearl of wisdom this morning, referring to Sunday’s finish: “That’s as good as it gets — without Tiger Woods” Because, golly gee, because, because, because, the golf media has hyped Woods for fifteen years and to abandon him now would be an admission of how silly they acted. So, instead, they continue to act silly.
Dan Patrick 1: I caught a little of Dan Patrick’s show this morning, and he had several interesting nuggets. He called the Ryder Cup a “made-for-TV event” and hinted at — saying “wink, wink, nudge, nudge” — pressure on Tom Watson to pick Woods. He then said the sports media is “still living off the fumes” of the nonstop Tiger coverage of the past.
Dan Patrick 2: Patrick also mentioned this FiveThirtyEight article, “Rory McIlroy Could Be A Bigger Threat To Jack Nicklaus Than Tiger Woods.” An interesting piece, even if it is stating the obvious at this point.