Saturday Thoughts: Harbour Town Semi Live Blog

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.”


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11 Responses to Saturday Thoughts: Harbour Town Semi Live Blog

  1. Kris says:

    ESPN ruined their website. Now it’s as bad as everything else at ESPN. I believe Marty Smith is single-handedly keeping ESPN from shutting down due to total lack of credible coverage and respectable employees.

    I love reading “He’s a superstar and I was a Woods fan. Glad I saw this superstar born.” and “Jordan is refreshing. No cussing, no club throwing, no blood spinnin’, no glute activatin’, no bone poppin'” Nice to see a worthy person rise above the media agenda, even if it took entirely too long.

  2. Speedy says:

    Jordan is doing a good job of suppressing his dark side, but it’ll be revealed occasionally. That’s golf.
    Re attire, enough with the gray matter. Break out.
    Re hair, what’s happening there? Don’t see any plug evidence. He handles it mighty gently during hat doffings.

    • lannyh says:

      Most people don’t have a dark side. Good role models like Peyton Manning do just fine.

      • Speedy says:

        Dark, darker, darkest. Those are the golfer roadblocks or disruptions. We’ve already been exposed to category one from Jordan, The pouty, spoiled brat demeanor, when shots didn’t go as planned. Apologizing doesn’t wipe the slate clean. Nor does a wonderful Masters victory.

        We’ll just hafta wait and see, if he revisits category one, or proceeds further to category two and category three. At age 21, there’s lots of time for this to be revealed. Things look promising for young Jordan, but folk shouldn’t build him into something he may not be able to attain or retain.

        Let’s just try to enjoy the golf, with as few interruptions as humanly possible. Network interviews aside.

      • lannyh says:

        “pouty, spoiled brat demeanor” — Haha, who besides you has ever thought that description fit Jordan.

        I know you are pulling our legs, but at least it was funny.

    • Ken says:

      I think he’s self conscious about the hair. What guy his age wouldn’t be? He has mentioned his hairline in a number of interviews.

      • Speedy says:

        And I can see the nerve-racking nature of pro golf not helping things. The hotties that help make up his gallery don’t seem too concerned about it. Let that be your guide, Jordan. LOL

  3. Speedy says:

    Lahiri and Sneds, tied at -5. In the morn, Sneds goes at 8:00, Lahiri at 8:10. Both off No. 1.

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