S P I E T H !!!
Was Justin Thomas referring to the fact the Jordan’s putting was motoring pretty good when it went in the hole to win?
S P I E T H !!!
6:00 pm Update
BEST. TOURNAMENT. EVER.
When Jordan hit that putt on No. 18, I threw my hands up and said, “You gotta hit it!” I thought he left it three feet short. He knew what he was doing!
If Reed prevails, it should put him one win from Top Five.
5:10 pm Update
I’ll complain about the coverage later — and I have complaints — but this is edge-of-your-seat stuff.
4:15 pm Update
This is getting intense.
2:47 pm Update
Odds at BetFair show Spieth with 63 percent expectation of winning, prior to his birdie putt at No. 4. He misses.
2:20 pm Update
Spieth birdies No. 1 and hits it stiff on No. 2. If he makes this birdie, he should be set to play a relaxed round today. He and Moore are threatening to distance themselves from the field a little.
1:55 pm Update
Jordan Spieth is announced on the first tee and doesn’t even strike his drive before the announcers mention Tiger Woods. I think I’ll try to keep an informal count of the number of Woods mentions today.
1:45 pm Update
Only one group remains, Mr. Spieth and Mr. Moore. Here we go!
10:00 am Update
While waiting for the leaders teeing off later today, you can fill some of the time by reading a new piece by John Huggan, the Brit side of the still-missed Steve Elling vehicle, “Pond Scrum.” The topic is Tim Finchem’s policies regarding player discipline and drug testing. I found it interesting that Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger asked Dustin Johnson if he had ever failed a drug test. He asked this question after DJ won the WGC Trump Doral. That question came a full five tournaments after Johnson’s return this year, and Bamberger felt no compunction about asking. Contrast to the silence from the media regarding Tiger Woods, who has yet to field even one question about Blood Sport or Biogenesis. Just saying.
Huggan also mentioned how DJ had mysteriously disappeared for 11 weeks in 2012 amid rumors of suspension. That jumped out at me because recently Geoff Shackelford savaged Mark Olsen for, among other things:
“Besides the loopy description of his source (worth listening to just for the giggle), things crumbled fast when Olsen mentioned a one-month term. The interviewer should have asked if there was such thing in the PGA Tour’s drug policy guidelines (there is not).”
First, no one ruled out DJ being non-suspended suspended because he was out eleven weeks. And, actually, I’m not sure what Shackelford was getting at with his mockery of a one-month term because the Tour manual says:
The applicable period of Ineligibility for a first anti-doping rule violation under the Program, other than for Drugs of Abuse, shall be up to one year Ineligibility except in cases involving Trafficking, administration, or Aggravating Circumstances, where the sanction may be up to permanent Ineligibility.
So why is the idea of a one-month ban so laughable?
Anyway, there are also a lot of funny mumbo-jumbo quotes from Finchem in the Huggan piece. Good luck deciphering them.
Five minutes until the first tee time of the day. Promises to be a great day of golf. I’d probably put my preferred winners, of those in the hunt, in this order: Spieth, Reed, Moore. Honorable mentions to Stenson, Ernst, Kuch, Vijay. Vijay to tick off Tim Finchem. But, with golf, most players have interesting stories that make us think, after the fact, “I’m glad he got the win.” That said, Go Jordan!!!