Monday Morning Supplement
OWGR Scan: Kisner climbed to OWGR #66 from #123. Rickie went from #13 to #9; Sergio climbed almost as many spots, going from #10 to #7. Woods finished so far down the leaderboard, he didn’t even collect any points for playing, and dropped from #125 to #133.
If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It: The Golf Powers, after the incredible 2014 WGC Match Play event, decided to move change the date and venue. Now I hear on Golf Channel that the PGA Tour, after yesterday’s greatest Players in history, wants to modify Sawgrass.
Rory Going Quail Hunting: I’m really glad to see Rory playing this week at Quail Hollow. I’m also surprised, as he is playing next week’s European PGA Championship and the following week’s Irish Open, making five straight weeks of playing. Speaking of the Irish Open, do you recall that Rickie Fowler is one of the players Rory was able to get to play there this year? Yesterday might have upped the interest in Rickie by the Irish fans, don’t you think?
Sunday Night Early Edition
Remember the 2011 Masters grouping of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Rickie Fowler? Four years later, they’ve already all won a Tour event, and it’s only May 10. The future of golf has become its present.
Overrated: First off, I have no problem whatsoever with anonymous pros being surveyed. In fact, I like it; it gives them a chance to be honest instead of toeing the company line. For example, what player would say publicly, “Tim Finchem needs to test players for PEDs off-site more often.” Nothing good’s going to come from that.
And I don’t think the fact of Rickie winning today invalidates the fact that he has been overrated in the sense of his fame/success ratio. Overrated does not necessarily carry a horrible connotation. I think it’s pretty clear that the amount of publicity Rickie received over the years was not in line with his success. That’s not some horrible insult. I’ve long said Tiger Woods has been overrated. (“No one else could hit THAT shot!”) That’s not at all to say he’s a crap player; he was the best of his day; it’s just saying the reality was less than the hype.
Credit Where Credit is Due: Far be it for Ole Lanny to unduly take credit, but I think it’s pretty clear my dressing down of Rickie Fowler prior to the New Orleans Open two weeks ago (here and here) was just the tough love Rickie needed.
Thanks, Tiger: Let’s all thank needle-mover Tiger Woods for playing this week. I’m sure his presence will result in some very good television ratings!