9:00 pm Final Wrap
Congrats to Christie Kerr on a solid win at Carlsbad. The big tourney this next week is definitely on the LPGA: the Dinah Shore, one of the biggest events of the year on any tour.
Oh, man, I’m swallowing hard watching Christie’s emotional post-win interview.
8:20 pm Update
Drama at the Kia Carlsbad Classic. Kerr was threatening to run away with it, but there is a pursuer now, Miram Lee, though Lee is in some trouble on No. 17.
6:00 pm Update
Congrats to Jimmy Walker! Not the drama with Spieth I was hoping for, but glad to see those two finish 1-2, even if I might have preferred the other order.
Now, it’s on to Carlsbad, CA, where Lydia Ko has a share of the lead!
3:50 pm Update
Walker’s win will take one of the Golf Channel’s talking points away from them. Walker will be “closing out a third round lead,” like that is some great determinant of golf greatness. For a few weeks, they have been pounding on Woods as “a closer” as well as his “142 straight made cuts.” Pretty sad to go from “catching Jack” to “he missed even fewer cuts than Kuch.”
The ladies have all teed off. Ms. Ko parred her first. I’d rather watch the women than the Seniors Tour, but we’ll have to wait another two hours.
1:45 pm Update
Spieth is hitting a lot of wild shots off the tee this week. Not a good sign, but you can often get away with those at Augusta. He’s five back now. Starting to look like a runaway. I might be monitoring the ladies more this afternoon.
12:55 pm Update
One hole, one stroke made up. Spieth now three back of Walker. Now playing the par-5 second hole. Horschel bogeyed No. 1, so the gap between Spieth and 3rd place is also three shots.
12:20 pm Update
Grillo played like crap in the European Tour event. Very disappointing. Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker tee off in 15 minutes. Even if Walker runs away with it, I’m hoping Spieth can put together a solid round and do no worse than second. Based on the first groups out, it looks like the course is set up to play more difficult today. Or maybe the wind is up again.
8:35 am Update
I left the room after the prior update. I return fifteen minutes later and the words I hear as I enter are the room are from Damon Hack: “…Tiger Woods…” What the hell is their problem. This isn’t healthy. They need to fire Damon Hack, Gary Williams, and Charlie Rymer, and let Cara Robinson give us intelligent golf discussion. She knows way more about golf than the rest of the Golf Channel staff. She knows the sport inside and out, and she knows that the sport extends beyond the men’s tour in the U.S. When she mentions Tommy Fleetwood on the European Tour, you know she knows all about him.
8:20 am Update: Golf Channel — Tiger, Tiger, Tiger
I turned on Morning Drive for to hear about the San Antonio Open only to encounter a full-fledged Tiger Woods circle jerk. Damon Hack is mentioning Woods in every sentence, sometimes two or three times a sentence. Golf Channel must have completely given up on Woods catching Nicklaus because they no longer talk about majors. No, it’s all about consecutive made cuts now. Woods has 142 of those, don’t you know. What they don’t tell you is how many of those events didn’t have cuts. I don’t have the exact number but it’s not far from 42 of them.
Too bad Jordan Spieth couldn’t come in at even par, or we’d really have something to look forward to. He went out in -3, but struggled in with a +2. He sits four back of Jimmy Walker, which unless something happens early might turn into a snoozefest. I personally hope the winner is either Walker or Spieth. By the way, why threesomes on the weekend? Seems like we’re seeing more and more of that when there is no real reason.
In the LPGA event, Lydia Ko, who dropped shots on two of her last three holes, also sits four back of the leader. She’s one shot out of third, so if the top two falter, who knows.