Saturday, Day Three: The Players Semi Live Blog

7:45 pm Final Update:  Well, now I’ve heard everything.  The reason Justin Thomas is good is because of (a) Tiger Woods, and (b) Golf Channel.  I kid you not; that’s precisely what Brandel Chamblee just said.  How Phil Mickelson managed to win a Tour event as a college student is hard to fathom because he didn’t have the benefit of either (a) or (b).  Same with Scott Verplank in 1985.  I mean, no one ever had success as a young guy until now.  Seve won at 20 in 1978.  Thanks, Tiger!  Thanks, Golf Channel (Spanish Edition)!  Gosh, Nicklaus never won an event until he was, what, 35?  Yup, the reason some golfers are good at a young age is definitely attributable to Woods and Golf Channel.

Justin Rose, age 17, T-4 at the 1998 British Open.  Yup, Tiger and Golf Channel…

One last thing: Can we all agree that Tiger Woods, at this point in his career, is nothing special?  I think Jimmy Walker has won more in two years than Woods in the past seven years.  If not, it is darn close.

6:30 pm Update:  Weird day.  If Rory could have picked up one more stroke today, he’d have been in a lot better shape.  There are so darn many guys tied with or better than him.  Lots of good stories on the leaderboard.

Looks like Woods will have DJ tomorrow morning.

Thanks, Tiger: 1:30 pm Update:  In a week where the media told the public Woods would be the biggest story in golf even if Rory won five straight majors, where they told the public Woods would still be a huge story ten years from now, where they told the public Woods was still in the hunt this week after making the cut on the number, where they tooted the Tiger horn nonstop, Woods thanked them by refusing to speak to the media after his round.

By the way, most of you probably already know this, but the reason the course was set up so easy today was so that early guys could go low and move up the leaderboard before the leaders teed off.  Here’s how it’s supposed to work:  Woods plays well enough to shoot, say, a -2 on a normal setup.  The easy course setup turns that -2 into a -6.  Woods moves from T-60 to T-20 by NBC time.  However, that move is illusory because the leaders will also be playing the same easy setup.  But NBC won’t mention that; no, they’ll talk about players “hearing footsteps” and “getting nervous seeing Woods on the leaderboard.”  And show highlights, over and over, of Woods’s “move.”

Note to Self, 12:15 Update:  Make and post YouTube video with audio of “Better than most… better than most… better than most!” over video of Woods chipping three times to reach the green from fifteen away on No. 9.

11:00 am Update:  Woods and DaLaet just played the par-5 9th hole in a combined ten strokes.  Three for DaLaet, seven for Woods.

10:30 am Update: Woods bogies No. 6.  Now +3 for the day, trails DaLaet by two.

In other golf news, Rory McIlroy set to go public on romance as he stays in contention at Players Championship.

9:40 am Update:  Woods doubles the second hole.  Golf Channel is rounding up everyone who gave an opinion on “What Does Woods Need to Shoot in Order to Win?” to ask them, “What Does Woods Need to Shoot in Order to Win NOW?”

Tiger can win this thing!  8:40 am Update:  I didn’t think Woods had a chance, but after watching Golf Channel this morning, I actually will be surprised if he doesn’t win.  Here’s the live stream link to follow Woods as he marches to victory.

6:15 am:  It’s pitch-dark here at Sawgrass.  I have seen a group of star-gazers and a couple of vampires.  That’s it; no one else is out.  Wait.  What’s that I see over there?  It’s Tiger Woods walking to the first tee, carrying a flashlight.
***
Morning Drive has been focused to a ridiculous extent on Tiger Woods this morning.  The propaganda is reaching Kim Jong-il proportions.  Rory McIlroy is “Rory McIlroy.”  Woods, in contrast, is “14-time major winner and two-time Players winner Tiger Woods.”  That’s courtesy of Damon Hack.  Then he threw it to Rymer and DiMarco who did a segment on… what Tiger Woods needs to shoot in order to win.  Guys, he barely made the cut.  One stroke more, and he’s not even playing the weekend.  Let’s try to keep it real, eh?
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I get confused every time I see “Ben Martin” on the leaderboard.  I finally figured out why: the similarity of his name to two other current Bens (none of the three would exactly be considered a marquee name):

maRTIn
cuRTIs
mARtiN
cRANe

While I’m on this topic, here’s how to remember the spelling of Peter Uihlein’s name (his father is the head of Titleist):

uIhLEIn
tItLEIst

You’re welcome!

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54 Responses to Saturday, Day Three: The Players Semi Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist2 says:

    This is where I start to lose ALL respect for the Chris Dimarcos, a guy who could have easily beaten Eldrick for a Major, had it not been for a b.s. chip in……I’m a very competitive guy, and losing like that wouldn’t make me want to ‘wax poetic’ about a former opponent, especially on a continual basis…These pro golfers KNOW the format on the golf channel, and I can’t believe they allow their self-respect to be diminished on that lame network….
    Chris earned OVER $20 million dollars in his career(only 3 PGA wins though), so I can’t believe he needs his ‘Charlie Rymer’ style paycheck at the end of the week…..What some of these former pro golfers should do is start their own professional blog show, or possible get on another sports show on another network(and NOT ESPN)….

    • lannyh says:

      I’d love to hear former pros (and current pros, for that matter) speak openly and without the kid gloves when it comes to Woods. Golf certainly could use a place for “irreverent” golf discussion.

    • JB says:

      DiMarco being a constant apologist for Woods has worn thin pretty quickly. But it just might be that DiMarco has totally bought into the mantra that Tiger Woods is solely responsible for the increase is prize money during his career — so he totally believes that Tiger made him rich. It might not be for the Golf Channel paycheck as much as he think’s repaying a favor for all of the large paycheck’s he received on tour.

      • lannyh says:

        Could be. There has to be some logical incentive, whatever it might be. Lately I’ve been wondering if all the happy talk is, at least in part, aimed at advertisers who might have bought time based on the premise that Woods would remain relevant for many years.

  2. TigerHater says:

    Doubles are bad. Doubles on par 5’s are ridiculous. What a hack.

    • lannyh says:

      The tee shot went 105 yards. Duck hook left bounced off a tree, across the fairway to the right rough. He was fortunate where it wound up. Very close to going into what looked like a jungle. Woods isn’t even winning his groups. GC needs to ask, “What score does Tiger need to shoot today to win his group?”

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        I’m just checking the score from time to time, and I’m probably saving hundreds of brain cells by not listening to these idiots try and make something out of nothing with Eldrick…..

      • lannyh says:

        Woods leaves an 8-footer short: “That’s not the Woods we’re used to seeing.”

        Where has that guy been the last six years?

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      But Lanny aren’t we still in the year 2002? Man I hope so, cause then I can correct alot of errors and bet New England in last years superbowl, ect…..

  3. TrueGolfFan says:

    What part of Rory’s off the course romance is golf news?

    • lannyh says:

      Girlfriends, hugs, smiles — that’s the heart and soul of golf. Or did you not watch the Golf Channel pre-Masters?

      • TrueGolfFan says:

        When that stuff comes on I change the channel as I don’t give a flip about any golfers personal life.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Wait a minute…A hot blonde after a RICH PGA golfer? Now that has to be love…..

  4. Sports-realist2 says:

    Get ready for the “WELL WHAT DID YOU EXPECT”, and “THESE THINGS TAKE TIME” in page 14 of the ‘excuses for Eldrick’ handbook…..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Short game is fixed? I feel another DNF coming soon?? Can you withdraw from a tournament because you are crying?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s gonna happen on 10 here – since he got such a BAD break for a great golf shot

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Seriously though, is Eldrick allowed to have a bad round without being hurt????? Seems like any of these style of rounds have had the 1. injury, followed by the 2.comeback

  7. TigerHater says:

    Wow. How the $%&&* do you double 2 par 5’s in the same round? That takes serious skill. And he has two more to play!

  8. Sports-realist2 says:

    Dustin Johnson shoots an 8 on #10…now +4….

    • lannyh says:

      Ouch! Might be paired with Woods tomorrow…

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      my gosh…i put on the video for a few minutes of the ‘featured group’ and it’s a total joke…It might as well be a documentary…..

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Johnson who has had a consistent year is now playing like trash…A quadruple and a double in the last 3 holes to fall to +5…

      • lannyh says:

        It’s funny. At one point, Woods hit two nice shots on a hole, and they went on about “what clicked with Woods.” He had been playing poorly, but now everything was hunky-dory. That was hole No. 7. Two holes later, I guess things unclicked. It really has been funny listening to them.

  9. TrueGolfFan says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel like there are a whole lot more big numbers this year than year’s past? Double’s, Triple’s, and Quad’s are being put up all over the place!

    • lannyh says:

      I can’t really compare to past years, but it does seem like there are an awful lot of big numbers.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        All I know from watching(at gunpoint) some of this ‘live from’ coverage, is that IF you FIST PUMP, regardless of who you are, they will show you at somepoint…..All young golfers should practice ‘fist pumping’ at every made 5 foot putt or longer, then they will be considered exciting and ‘must see’ tv…

  10. Sports-realist2 says:

    Also notice the current CBS headline when you to the golf portion is “TIGER AT PLAYERS”….??? uh, yeah and he’s around 70th place…..So I guess when Eldrick is dead, they can bring his corpse on the golf course and use the same headline? My gosh has journalism gone down the toilet…

    • lannyh says:

      Rory just hit No. 2 in two, and Johnny and Hicks acted like it was a lag to 2 feet from 15 feet. Just a ho-hum comment. Had that been Woods, they would have stopped the broadcast for a parade.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Yeah the ho-hum 240 yarder for one golfer is the BETTER THAN MOST for the other…..Ofcourse that’s the low standard NBC continues to set….How much you wanna bet Eldrick is in the ‘featured group’ tomorrow on the golf channel, since he won’t be shown on regular coverage…

      • lannyh says:

        Well, he’ll certainly have an early enough tee time to fit that window.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Wonder how the ‘featured group’ thing works with making money for the players sponsors? You mentioned any number of times by how each second is shown of the sponsored players, it makes them money… I’ve never looked into the ratings of those ‘live featured groups’, if that info is even available, but I’m sure sponsors LOVE that, when the entire round is on 2 or 3 golfers, in which they have a vested interest….

      • lannyh says:

        I was wondering about that myself. With more and more people watching online streams, it has to be a consideration.

  11. Ken says:

    I always find myself torn between wanting Woods to miss the cut or to have him make it so that he has to suffer through four full, embarrassing rounds of non-contention. You know he must hate trying fo pretend he gives a damn when he’s T70.

  12. Sports-realist2 says:

    So is this golf coverage or an excuse for NBC to show all their dumb stories? My gosh this coverage sucks…

  13. Sports-realist2 says:

    So would you rather see COVERAGE/shots via ‘drives’ of Rory Mcllroy, or interviews with Davis ‘boring’ Love? IS NBC really this stupid? ofcourse they are, but they are not showing Rory’s shots, even though most have been pretty good, just hasn’t made many putts, so far…

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      And that long putt on that par 3 should get him more coverage….maybe even a drive off the tee?

      • lannyh says:

        If a drunk stole a “Quiet” sign and used it to whack a peanut toward the island green, you can be damn sure NBC would show that.

    • lannyh says:

      I want to watch Jake’s Takes!!

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        lol

      • Kris says:

        I like Jake’s Takes… 😦

        Did you hear?! Tiger was limping coming out of the scoring trailer! He was so brave to tough it out through that awful 75! He’s not whining about it, so he might actually be having trouble. I expect a WD tomorrow. I don’t think his glutes or his ego will let him complete 72 holes.

      • lannyh says:

        You serious? Oh, man.

  14. Speedy says:

    Tiger, currently 13 off the lead, needs 54 tomorrow.
    Any hecklers turfed today? What’s up with girly boy Poulter calling for ejections yesterday? He’s supposed to be Ryder Cup tough.

  15. Sports-realist2 says:

    Lol…sure why not…Every time I get a birdie, or pee in the trees at a golf course, it’s because of the golf channel—-thanks golf channel!!!!!! I also have sex with dozens of prostitutes now, which I would have NEVER done before if not for Eldrick—–THANKS Eldrick!!!!!!!!! Oh I also send hundreds of dirty text messages to those former prostitutes, because of Eldrick…….Thanks again Eldrick!!!!!!!

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