5:34 pm Update
Did Rory just say he was going to go take a drug test?
I was glad he didn’t say anything about the greens being a little… unperfect?
5:00 pm Update
A bogey on a par-5. Not what you want. Disappointing, but if you look, most of the good scores were from the early players. The greens do look a bit iffy. Lots of hopping around out there. Rory still under par. Two holes to go.
4:15 pm Update
Rory could be doing better today. Bad break with Rickie’s ball, questionable greens not helping his putting. I think GC said he’s hit every green, for crying out loud. Game looks decent, though. This is his last event before Augusta. Jason playing great. Great approach shot to a risky pin, but then couldn’t convert the short putt.
3:45 pm Update
I hope that bad break didn’t throw Rory off his game. Lost a shot at No. 11. Oh, wait, Nevermind. He didn’t lose a shot. I got erroneous information. Now, Rory is looking at an up-and-down for birdie to go -3.
3:25 pm Update
Really bad break for Rory. He had an approach shot tracking, with an outside chance of going in. It would probably have been a kick-in birdie. Hits Rickie’s ball and ends up 7 feet from hole… Ouch. Still -2, and he could sink this one yet. Nope. He got robbed of one there.
2:55 pm Update: Birdie Time!
Rory moves to -2 with a birdie on No. 8. Sits at T-21, with a booming drive on No. 9 finding the fairway..
2:25 pm Update :: Eagle Watch! Eagle Watch!
Rory had to settle for par on the first par-5, but this time, he’s got a reasonable eagle putt.
Just misses. Settles for birdie. Moves into the top thirty, with twelve full holes left to play.
1:40 pm Update
Three holes, three birides. Rory has reached his first par-5 of the day. Eagle time?
1:30 pm Update
Two no-drama pars for Mr. McIlroy to start his day. By the way, Kelly Tilghman went almost a full minute in today’s show before mentioning Tiger Woods, who isn’t playing, hasn’t been playing, and has no plans on when he’ll next play.
12:58 pm Update
Rory is off! Puts his tee shot in the fairway and is looking at a 7-iron, I’d guess. Maybe an 8-iron.
12:30 pm Update
Rory tees off in 20 minutes. Get ready to rumble!!!
I have not had a television on, but the schedule is for Golf Channel pregame to start shortly after Rory strikes his first tee ball. They should have some live look-ins.
9:30 am Update
Credit Where Credit is Due: The live stream this morning has been quite good. Fairly limited commercials. Good commentary. Good continuity. Volume level changes between coverage and commercials is reasonable. (Blasting commercials have been a problem in the past; I have shut off the stream many, many times in the past for that reason.)
8:20 am Update
Live@ announced they would go live at 8:00 am; they went live at 8:16 am. They announced the group would be Scott, Koepka, Kisner; the group is Snedeker, Horschel, Stenson. Calling these streams amateurish would be an insult to amateurs.
Truth is, these streams were better when they truly were amateurish. Fewer commercials, less crap. Just a live stream of the players making their way around the course; it was like being there. Now they have “professional production” and it’s like standard crappy TV coverage, only with a lot of technical glitches. I’ve griped about this before, yes, I know, but it really did used to be cool, three or four years ago. It still beats nothing.
8:00 am Update
The stream is live now. I think I’ll watch that rather than Morning Drive. Actually, it appears it won’t be live until 8:15. They are going through testing and setup now, which I doubt they know is being streamed. I don’t know why they announce an 8:00 start, then push it back. They are pretty lax about start times; they basically start when they feel like it.
Have you noticed Golf Channel, especially Gary Williams, is pushing the meme that “if Rory doesn’t win THIS week, it’s not his era,” or “he’s not putting his stamp on it” (whatever the hell that means)? With Woods, they cheered him and obsessed over him no matter what he did. Do you think when Woods had a streak of two majors going that they said, “This isn’t Tiger’s era unless he puts a stamp on it with a win this week”? Hell, no. They are doing everything they can to diminish Rory’s status. It had to really stick in their craw that EA Sports made Rory their name and cover golfer. But I don’t get Golf Channel’s attitude. The Woods story changed dramatically in November 2009, and they have never made the adjustments.
7:15 am Update
If you are a fan of golf’s best players, Golf Channel is not the network for you. Maybe I missed it, but I have not heard Rory’s name mentioned even once. I’ve heard only the names of Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. That’s like turning on an NFL show in October to hear about Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre.
Matt Ginella is not bad, and he sometimes does interesting segments. However, many of his golf course segments are thinly-disguised infomercials.
Forty minutes until the first tee time. Here we go!
Only six hours until Rickie, Rory, and Jason tee off. I can’t see those three together without thinking of the first two rounds at the Masters in 2011.
There’s a live stream at this link starting at 8:00 am EST: Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner are the featured group today. Tomorrow is Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day.
Golf Channel has Morning Drive from 7:00-10:00 am, then three hours of filler crap, then an hour of pregame at 1:00 pm, then live coverage starting at 2:00 pm, which is 1 hour and 4 minute into Rory’s round.