Sunday, Day Four: Euro PGA, Colonial Semi Live Blog

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…

juray1Gosh 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.


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32 Responses to Sunday, Day Four: Euro PGA, Colonial Semi Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist2 says:

    I’ll guess the winners: Molinari in the Euro and Hoffman on the PGA……Don’t trust Poulter or Na, and Hoffman has proven he can go off on Sunday, esp in wet conditions….

  2. Anonymous says:

    Someone needs to introduce Fleetwood to a barber.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really? Letting them lift clean and place basically everywhere? Put an asterisk next to this winner.

    • lannyh says:

      Well, there is major flooding in some parts of Texas. It’s amazing they are playing at all. And what’s the big difference between lift, clean, and place everywhere vs fairway only? If you want to put an asterisk, that’s fine, but why not every time there is lift, clean, and place. Asterisk or not, the check will still cash.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I’m in Tejas so I’m well aware of the flooding. LCP in the fairway isn’t a huge deal because you usually have a good lie. The benefit is cleaning any mud off the ball. In the rough you have a decent chance of getting a horrible lie, on top of mud, so LCP in the rough is like letting a player tee it up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow….An over on the Mini Tour ran away and hid from the field.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t matter if Jordan is in contention. Historically the 54 hole leader doesn’t win.

  6. Sports-realist2 says:

    after seeing poulter put one in the water, surprised na just didn’t get it ANYWHERE on the green…..mis-course management 101 there…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Dusting Johnson, Brand Sneeedeker. All Butch Harmon students; all playing damn good golf.

    • lannyh says:

      Snedeker is trying to ruin my weekend. The Euro Seven had a great finish at the stronger Euro PGA and Snedeker — who is really beside the point — is going to win and undermine the Euro Seven.

      • Anonymous says:

        A quick review of the BMW field makes it tough to believe it’s a stronger field but I guess stuff happens. Colonial is proving to be a much, much, much, much, much better event.

      • lannyh says:

        The Euros like to play the ball down.

        When Rory can’t even make the cut, it’s a tough event. Rose finished T-38 or something.

        You just don’t know the player names, that’s all.

      • Anonymous says:

        Strength of Field be damned, Rory shot 78 in the second round. That will always lead to a missed cut.

  8. lannyh says:

    That Crowne Plaza business woman/spokesman was one nice looking dish! First time I ever listened to one of those interviews all the way through. She was darned alluring!

  9. Sports-realist2 says:

    somewhat amazing that ALL three leaders have just done NOTHING so far…when both poulter and na hit it in the water from 135 yards, that reminded me of amateur league shots you see on thursday evenings….

  10. Sports-realist2 says:

    spieth with a 45 foot putt, then another 45 foot putt, then a very avg drive on a short par 4, when the tournament is BEGGING for someone to do something…..smh….

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      then another 45 footer….talk about amateur…..if you want to be compared with woods ect, you should win tournaments like this, when no one knows how to finish, apparently….

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        also is is always amazing to see how BAD a putter Poulter is in the regular Sunday PGA events vs the Ryder Cup…

  11. Anonymous says:

    When Byron Nelson died so did this event. Gonna be a very weak field.

  12. Speedy says:

    Enjoyed An and Montgomerie’s wins. Kirk’s didn’t move the meter.

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