Housekeeping Note: There have been a couple of reports of people having problems when posting comments. Let me assure everyone that no one has ever been banned here, and no one ever will be. The only thing that I have ever done — or will ever do — is have one or two chronic abusers’ comments sent to Moderation. And that was a couple of years ago. When that happens, they see a message saying, “Comment sent to Moderation.” That means I still see their comments, I just have to click “approve” before they appear for everyone.
And I’ve only ever even done that a couple of times, and that was for people who wrote nothing but, “Lanny H Fag or Lanny H Stupid, I don’t know which one suits you best, but I do know you are one stupid f—ing fag,” or things equally childish. And even then, I would not have done anything unless they did it over and over and over, day after day after day. And, still, those comments would show up for me, I just would not “approve” them. And the person was told they were “sent to moderation.”
So, to sum up, I want everyone who might hit a glitch when commenting to know, to cut to the chase, you are not banned and never will be. For some reason, WordPress seems to have been having a few glitches lately, but rest assured, if you have a problem posting a comment, it has nothing to do with me or you. Also remember that even if a person comes on and makes a million “Lanny Loon, Lanny Loon, you are one stupid f—ing goon,” even they would not be banned, I’d just have to “approve” their comments that are “sent to moderation.”
I want to be sure everyone knows you are free to speak your mind here. That’s the reason this place exists. I know how it feels to have a comment deleted. I would spend five, ten, fifteen minutes (or more) writing a comment, and then it would never see the light of day. That’s why I started this place.
Morning Drive: They used the occasion of Rory’s birthday today to devote a lot of time to him. They went to the simulator to show some of the Sawgrass holes that have caused Rory problems in the past. So, will Rory’s win mark a sea change for the golf media? We’ve got a year where Jordan has won twice, one of them the Masters, and Rory has won twice, one of them the WGC Match Play. We also have a situation where Woods is making “announcements,” timing them to interfere with ongoing golf tournaments; perhaps these announcements are trying even the patience of his apologists? I guess we’ll find out in the leadup to the Players (and then Memorial).
Spoke Too Soon: Morning Drive has gone into a full-blown Tiger Woods circle jerk in the second hour.
OWGR Roundup: Rory and Jordan are really starting to distance themselves from the pack. Jordan has nearly a 2-point lead over third place, and Rory has a 3-1/2 point(!) lead over Jordan. [Morning Drive just stole this point from me! I wrote it before they said it!] Furyk is up to #5, breathing down the neck of Bubba. Danny Willett, yesterday’s third-place finisher, moved from #49 to #38. Woodland shot up to #32 from #52. Golf Channel’s obsession is #125. Smylie Kaufman is up to #332 with his web.com win yesterday; he’ll be on the PGA Tour next year.
Rory on “Tiger and Jack”: I wasn’t sure how to read Rory’s comment yesterday when a reporter mentioned some accomplishment in relation to Woods and Nicklaus. Was Rory saying he was tired of hearing that bullshite every time he won a tournament, or that he was flattered by it? The blonde American woman on Morning Drive said, “It’s never bad to be be mentioned with Tiger and Jack,” but it is when its purpose is to prop up Woods’s relevance. If Woods wins an event, will they say, “That’s nice, Tiger, but you are still way behind the pace of Rory and Jordan this year. Do you think you can up your game to their level?”