10:00 pm Final Update: What a disappointing day. I figured with both Rory and Spieth playing, one of them would make the weekend worthwhile. For some reason, today seemed like Saturday, too, which caused me to feel out of kilter. Anyway, time will tell if Jordan gets hot and Na stumbles a bit. If not, I’m sure some other stories will pop up. Poulter is of decent interest. Grillo is near the top in Europe. Something almost always pops up. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed.
1:00 pm Update: Spieth goes through the Horrible Horseshoe in +4, threatening to completely ruin my weekend. Jordan, you know you can’t go right on No. 5. That’s the Trinity River on the other side of those trees.
Oh, well, Poulter would make for an amusing winner, after what Rickie did in the wake of Overratedgate. And Esteban Toledo is tied for the lead at this Senior Tour thing. I’ve told his story before; he’s probably my favorite Senior Tour player. Besides, Jordan isn’t out of it. He just backed up a little. In a way, I like that Rory misses cuts. It hurts him in the OWGR, but it also points out that missing or making cuts is not any kind of useful measuring rod; Rory wasn’t going to contend in any event. Might as well go get ready for the Irish Open.
I noticed this morning Google’s Top News Stories had “Rory McIlroy” listed. Google’s Top Sports Stories had “Jordan Spieth” listed. The times, they already a-changed.
10:50 am Update: Rory stinking it up and likely to miss the cut. Next up is three hours of Senior Tour golf, where Faldo is stinking it up and likely to miss the cut. Thank Goodness for Jordan Spieth! But his round will long be over by the time GC covers Colonial.
Rory kind of reinforced my point about Wentworth when he hooked a drive into the woods and it went OB. That’s how it should be. Too many courses allow you to hit that drive then play a clear shot from an adjoining fairway.
9:50 am Update: Spieth and Rory are on the course at the same time today — separated by an ocean (and then some). Rory +1 after three holes. Jordan tees off in 16 minutes. Something occurs to me. ETP isn’t doing the Euro PGA broadcast. Gannon and Nobilo are doing a good job, but come on, no one tops ETP.
8:24 am Update: The Daily Mail reports “a record first-day Wentworth attendance of 21,000.” The Brits must not have got the memo that golf would die without Tiger Woods.
8:08 am Update: Rory going with bright orange pants today. Expect the American media to ask if he is “sending a message to Rickie Fowler.” I’m glad when players wear distinguishing colors; it makes viewing so much easier. While on the subject of McIlroy, have you noticed he’s going through a growth spurt? He is now 5′ 10″; he was 5′ 8″ not long ago.
6:05 am Update: Jargon Alert: Nothing moves the needle like a rivalry. Jordan Spieth created a buzz by taking the lead at Colonial and sending a message to Rory McIlory that… Okay, sorry, I better be careful or Golf Channel or Golf Digest will try to hire me.
Rory tees off in a little under two hours. I’m liking this near around-the-clock live golf coverage. We’re already into the second hour of Euro PGA coverage. Three of Euro Seven are in the top ten at Wentworth, which is the strongest tourney of the week.