6:15 pm Update: Can’t wait to see if the Irish Open field is stronger than the Byron Nelson. I would bet it is. We’ll have to wait until August to see the strength of the Quicken Loans field, which will also make for an interesting comparison.
How come Rickie Fowler didn’t play this week? Does Crowne Plaza no longer sponsor him?
5:50 pm Update: Funny that CBS is showing this tourney, and yet they don’t really have anywhere on their website for people to comment. The third-round wrapup from last night would be the likely candidate, but they moved it off the golf homepage. It’s like nobody cares any more about anything, to return to my topic from this morning.
This tournament turned into a pretty good event for one that looked like a washout two days ago. A Monday finish seemed a certainty. Colonial got more from Jordan than the Euro PGA got from Rory, it must be noted.
2:45 pm Update: What’s the point of the 30-minute blackout between Golf Channel and CBS? It’s not there when NBC has the rights. Does Golf Channel want people to forget the PGA Tour and stick with their programming? It’s annoying and needs to be eliminated.
2:30 pm Update: With Jordan Spieth in contention, the chances of this tournament calling the 54-hole leader the winner are now zero.
1:00 pm Update: Justin Ray, King of Stupidstics…
Gosh gee, Justin! That cool tidbit shows that four-putts rather rare!!! Here I was thinking they were common on such small, easy greens! You have really enhanced my understanding and enjoyment of this event!
I’d love to see more wonderful stups on things like the rareness of five- and six-putts, and, I don’t know, consecutive OB shots. If a hole is played 157,293 times, how many times were there three consecutive OB shots by a player? I would guess about 50,000, but now you have me wondering if they might be rare, too!
10:20 am Update: I would say the vast majority of people in the U.S. have an entitlement mindset. They don’t know that meaning of “elbow grease.” They are not particularly talent-laden to start with, and then when you add laziness and apathy, you get a real prize.
Consider the PGA Tour leaderboard. It’s not bad enough that sorts-by-daily-score won’t hold, a problem I first reported 1-1/2 years ago, but they seem incapable of just routine things. The message on the leaderboard says we are in the midst of a one hour weather delay. However, it is actually a 2-1/2 hour weather delay. Some guy is getting paid a salary, with health insurance and 401K contributions to update the leaderboard weather message, and he’s not doing it. The leaderboard itself gets more unreadable by the week, with all the “motion” and other distractions. It’s like trying to read a book while playing tennis. If the guys responsible lose their jobs and wind up on Skid Row, it’s their own doing. It’s not like this is too difficult. They put the one-hour delay message on the website, so we know they are capable. It’s just laziness, or carelessness, i.e., basically, a lack of talent, as energy and attention to detail falls under the label of talent.
Sadly, it’s not just the PGA Tour workers who are this bad. I see a similar lack of caring and talent just about everywhere these days. Sorry if I sound like a grouch, but, damn, what happened to pride in your work?
7:00 am: Patrick Rodgers got an MDF. I didn’t expect much out of him this on this course; watch for him to do markedly better next week at Las Colinas. I spotted Harrison Frazer’s name in the MDF list as well; remember him? He was preparing to retire when he jumped up and won the St. Jude in 2011; his good form didn’t last long; he’s stayed around, though, and is currently fighting to retain his card. Players are going off early again at Colonial; of the players ahead of Spieth and in real contention, I’d prefer to see Poulter win.
At Wentworth, nothing against Molinari, but I’m for Fleetwood, with Jaidee and Jimenez — members of the Euro Seven — close behind. Shane Lowry is probably too far back, but he’d make a good winner, too. Grillo shot a disappointing 78 yesterday and is out of it.