3:32 pm Update: Jordan willed the ball onto the green, then willed the ball into the cup. Birdie!
Merritt playing so well and building up such a lead, it’s impossible to root for his demise.
Wow, as soon as I typed that, he pulled a ball into the water.
3:28 pm Update: Jordan banks an approach shot off a tree, hits the green. No other player in golf history could hit that shot. He willed that ball onto the green.
1:45 pm Update: Jordan bounces back with a birdie on No. 2! (after bogey on No. 1…)
9:50 am Update: Anirban Lahiri is -3 through six holes… I have been hearing so much about the NFL draft, I assumed it was today. No, it’s still two weeks away. Enough already…. Jordan tees off in 3-1/2 hours. To get you there, Morning Drive into Golf Central Pregame into live coverage.
The Great Golf of China: A really good tournament taking place in Shenzhen, China, this week. Lots of interesting names at the top of the leaderboard, among them American Peter Uihlein. Warning: Due to the location of the event, Golf Channel (quite logically) is showing it a few hours after the fact, so don’t look at the leaderboard if you are watching it on television. I forgot and pulled up the leaderboard; I’ll avoid doing that tomorrow.
Hawaiian Punch: The wind made the LPGA tournament a real challenge last night. It was fun to watch the ladies battle the conditions — in prime time, no less. Tonight is the final round. I’m not sure why, as Hawaii is on “this side” of the international date line. I like it, but it makes things a bit confusing.
ESPN Website: I had high hopes for improvement when ESPN changed their format a month ago, but it’s just as bad, only in a different way. At least there is less “crap” now, so it loads faster. Look for yourself (here’s the golf page) if you want. You are forced to choose between (1) front row movie theater view, or (2) microscopic view. With television, the assumption is that you’ll have a 42-inch screen; with computers, the assumption is that you’ll have a 4.2 inch screen. Asinine. I have a 25-inch computer screen, not a 2.5 inch phone.
Another Thing: Do you have to log in at ESPN just to read comments? What is their business model? Make website so crappy we chase off every single visitor; rake in the cash. I mean, come on, you have to have at least a modicum of quality to attract people.
Front Page News: Jordan Spieth’s fame has come organically, and I think that’s very healthy. There was no “Hello, world” press conference. There were no “I am Tiger Woods” commercials. Nor did Jordan become famous for brightly-colored clothing before he even won an event.
Spieth earned his fame with stellar play, and he’s a genuinely likeable guy. A natural role model. And now he’s trending big-time on the search engines and social media. It’s as if golf fans told the golf media, “Stop pushing your agenda on us. We like THIS guy.” Anyway, here’s what Google News shows for Top Stories. This is interesting because last week Top Stories showed not “Jordan Spieth,” but “Masters Golf Tournament.”