David Duval Watch in Puerto Rico?
Nice round by Levy today.
4:20 pm Update: The Eagle Has Landed!!!
Rory just eagled No. 8, the 17th hole of his day. That eagle, three birdies and a bogey on the back. From +4 back to E. One hole to go, a par-3. A par here would be fine, if you ask me.
Adam Scott off to an impressive start to his season. I just learned Bjorn withdrew for “personal issues.”
2:20 pm Update
Rory not playing well at all. That’s good, because you don’t want to peak a month before Augusta.
Bjorn has withdrawn, but I’ve heard not a peep. If it were Woods, they would stop covering the event to show blimp shots of his car leaving the parking lot. With Bjorn, they don’t have time to even mention it.
Bjorn was one of the Euro Six. Four of them holding their own, Bjorn is out, and Gallacher is stinking it up, as is Snedeker.
1:30 pm Update
Reed still hot, Rory still not-so-much. Reed shares lead at -4. Rory stringing together pars, so no real harm done. Well-positioned in 16th fairway. Almost holes it! Hits just past hole, spins it back. Still a little work to be done.
The Euro Six are:
- Anirban Lahiri
- Thongchai Jaidee
- Stephen Gallacher
- Thomas Bjorn
- Marc Warren
- Branden Grace
For the full story, I refer you to “By Popular Demand: Crickets and Tumbleweeds.” The quick summary is that a golf website made a disparaging comment about the above six (and also Jose Jimeniz). I defended the players by pointing out their strong showing at last year’s British Open. So, it will be interesting to see how these six perform in the WGC event. For the full story, see the above link.
Rory misses. Still no birdies; he remains one-over.
12:15 pm Update
Rory pars his opening hole, a par-5. He is playing the back nine first today. Breezy today, so he will have to work hard today, thanks to his high ball flight. Sergio, Spieth, McDowell, Koepka find early birdies. Patrick Reed finds two early birdies. Golf Channel reporting Rory practiced so much he has a blister on one of his fingers. And he just bogeyed his second hole.
11:00 am Update
Apparently no golf media outlet thought this event worth live blogging, so Lanny H Golf will step in to fill the void. Last year it was covered by SI/Golf because Tiger Woods played. It’s safe to say, to SI/Golf, “Tiger Woods is golf.” Without him, they don’t feel compelled to cover it. Here’s how enthused they were last year:
Golf.com’s Mike Walker and Josh Sens are live blogging Tiger Woods’ round today on the redesigned Blue Monster at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Tiger teed off at 12:39 p.m. Eastern alongside Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson. Enjoy!
The first groups just teed off. I probably should have called this Semi-Live Blog, but we’ll do the best we can, folks, with our limited resources. The guys who get paychecks and health insurance and 401K’s for covering golf can’t be bothered with actually covering golf.
There is a great subplot this week with the Euro Six. More on that later.