2:30 pm Update: Lahiri is -3 after four holes, one off the lead. Let me remind you of jalnichols’s harsh words:
Does anyone actually think that guys like Lahiri, Jaidee, Gallacher, Bjorn, Jimenez, Warren, and Grace would be able to achieve what Snedeker has playing on the PGA Tour? I think it’s pretty unlikely; those guys feast on the weaker European/Asian Tour events (Lahiri won in Malaysia last week in an event that was barely stronger than your average Web.com Tour field).
Well, Lahiri is -3, Jaidee is +1, and Grace is in the clubhouse at -2, while Sneds is in the clubhouse at +6, so, yes, I think those guys could achieve what Sneds has playing on the PGA Tour.
1:00 pm Update: Sneds is apparently going to take another beating at the hands of the Euro “Trash” players this week. Grace in at -1, Sneds in at +6. Two more “Trashers” playing this afternoon.
Spieth pars his first hole. I suppose we’ll see most of his back nine during the TV window today.
Harbour Town: I was burned out on golf after the Masters and planned to stay away from the sport this week. However, with Jordan Spieth back in the saddle, Harbour Town is a very interesting event. A lot of golf fans, including me, are anxious for the golf media to focus on the game’s top players, to stop living in the past. This is a good opportunity for Spieth to push them in that direction because if he can go low today, one of the headlines in the general sports media (i.e., ESPN, national radio sports talk shows) will be, “Jordan Spieth is at it again!” Golf writers, most of them, have an inferiority complex when it comes to the rest of the sports media, so if the general sports media decides Spieth is an officially-approved Huge Deal, the golf media will trip over themselves rushing to adopt that worldview. (Another sidenote to the tournament is that a win would mean Spieth closes the gap between him and Rory from 2.4 to 1.4 points.)
China: Interesting event going on in China on the Euro Tour this week. Peter Uihlein is one shot out of the lead. Uihlein worked his way up to OWGR #60 in 2013, but has since fallen all the way down to #180. A win this week would move him to, roughly, #100. It won’t be easy, though. Aphibarnrat is among those tied with him, and sitting three back, four off the lead is…‹drumroll› … Bubba Watson. The leader is a guy named Huang; I just read he is a “former laborer” who didn’t take up the game until age 22. Pretty cool. Guys like him are great, in that people like me (who never played a real course until I was 22) are inspired by late bloomers.
Golf Channel’s Documentaries: In my opinion, they really need to run these prior to the majors. I guess their thinking is that they will advertise them like mad all during the major, thereby upping viewership. However, I’m always so burned out at the conclusion of a major, the last thing I want to do is watch a documentary about golf. I did not watch the Ben Crenshaw one this week, and I still have not seen the one they did last year on Arnold Palmer. If Golf Channel had aired them prior to the event, I would definitely have watched. (Who wouldn’t prefer a quality documentary to Brandel Chamblee and gang going on and on and on about Tiger Woods?)
3-Minute Rose: Speaking of documentaries, here’s a really well-done 3-minute mini-documentary on Justin Rose. It’s darn good. Nice atmosphere.