Friday, Day Two: Quail Hollow Semi Live Blog

6:00 pm Update: Mickelson needs a birdie on No. 18 to play with Rory tomorrow.  Colt Knost finishes with hole-in-one and birdie to make cut (on the number, it is looking like).

1:00 pm Update:  Rory safely in the house at T-3, five-under on the day, one shot back of the clubhouse leader.  A five birdie, thirteen par day at the office. A promising weekend ahead.  Reed struggled today and now sits T-12, four shots off the pace.

9:50 am Update:  At risk of jinxing Rory… he is three-under on the day after six holes.  There, I said it.  No need to be superstitious.  I hope.

8:50 am Update:  Yesterday, I think I jinxed Rory by announcing an early birdie, so today, I’ll delay and instead write about…

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh What a Relief It Is:  Sometimes it makes me feel better to know other people share my annoyances. I just added a new add-blocker to one of my browsers this morning. As I read how to set up and configure it (there wasn’t much to it, really), I learned that they have a setting which allows “acceptable ads.” See, it’s not advertising, per se, that is the problem for me (and, according to them, 75 percent of other people), it’s the INTRUSIVE ads. These include ads that have animation and/or sound, ads that have “attention-grabbing” images, ads that obscure the page until you click a button, and ads that interrupt the reading flow. We don’t mind advertising, we just don’t want the equivalent of honking car horns and flashlights aimed at our eyes while we are trying to read a damned article!

It’s funny: The purpose of the gawdy, annoying ads is to get attention. The end result, though, is that I, and millions of others, block those distracting, annoying ads while allowing the demure, text-only ads.

While we wait for Rory and Reed (and Martin) to tee off in 35 minutes…

Golf Channel’s Prince Charming:  The golf media never wavered from pushing the Prince Charming-Snow White story of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn.  Golf Channel, Golf Channel on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?  Why, you are, Tiger!

It was part of their image rehab for Woods who Humpty-Dumpty’ed after his sordid secret life was exposed in 2009.  Here’s an article about the views of ex-wife Elin a couple of years ago:

Tiger and his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn have been snapped in photos looking every bit the loving and happy family with his kids Charlie and Sam. But the golfer’s ex-wife thinks it’s all a publicity stunt — and she’s reportedly angry.

While the professional golfer’s romantic relationship has helped improve his golf game and his public image, Elin believes her kids Sam, 5, and Charlie, 4, are being used as props in public photos to redeem Tiger’s tarnished image after the many affairs that destroyed his marriage.

Does that remind you of Augusta a month ago or what?

It’s funny how Golf Channel tells us that even if Rory McIlroy were to win five majors in a row, Tiger Woods would still be the story, yet they refuse to discuss the real reasons for the dissolution of their Prince Charming-Snow White fairytale.  They went from “31 photos of Tiger and Lindsey and the Adorable Kids” to “move along, nothing to see here.”

Imagine if Hillary Clinton becomes our next president.  Now imagine Bill Clinton shows his cigar trick to another intern.  Would you expect the media to obsess over Clinton finishing T-70 in the DC Insiders 4th of July Scramble?  And vow to cover Clinton even should Rory win five straight 4th of July Scrambles?

See, the Golf Channel wants to make hay off of Woods’s non-golf notoriety even though his game is no longer anything special.  They tell us he is “polarizing,” and therefore interesting.   But all of Golf Channel resides on the same pole; they don’t have any representation from the contingent of people — the clear majority, now — who don’t think Woods is much of a human nor that his declining golf game is much of interest.  The tipping point has been reached; they are trying to sell Paris Hilton in a Kim Kardashian world, trying to sell Madonna in a Taylor Swift world.

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4 Responses to Friday, Day Two: Quail Hollow Semi Live Blog

  1. OldGuard says:

    Don’t look now but Phil is 4 under through 10 and 5 under for the tourney. He can definitely get to 7 or 8 and if he does, look out!

    • lannyh says:

      He has the Green Mile to negotiate yet today. He’s likely to play those in +3 or +4. However, if can be the last today to finish on -8, he’ll have a 50-50 chance of being paired with Rory.

  2. Speedy says:

    Streb, trying to break through again.

  3. Kris says:

    Rory’s playing with Willy Mac tomorrow. He’s a lot of fun and he’s an NC boy, so he’ll have a few home state fans following him. Rory and Phil shot impressive rounds today. Colt Knost ended up playing the green mile in -3, which is crazy for someone that was outside the cut line when he teed it up on 17.

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