FFF of All Time: Now that it looks unlikely Woods will get anywhere near Jack’s total majors, you’ve noticed the media has started stressing Woods’s number of consecutive cuts made. (Around 1/4 to 1/3 of the “cuts made” were in no-cut events, but that’s another matter.) It occurs to me that that is like trying to elevate Jimmy Connors by saying, “It’s true that Roger Federer has more grand slam titles, but Jimmy Connors holds the record for going 188 sets without a foot fault.” Fewest Foot Faults — that’s the new benchmark!
Use It or Lose It: We all gripe about the lousy golf media. If you don’t want another ten thousand “Is Tiger Back?” articles and panel discussions, make a point of consuming the rare good stuff the golf media puts out. Case in point: Stephanie Wei is in the U.K. covering Wentworth and the Irish Open. If you want some real golf coverage instead of mindless Golfdashian crap, check out her website for the latest from Ireland, with exclusive video footage of players as they prepare for the Irish Open.
Byeong-hun An: By now you know that Byeong-hun An won the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday. You probably also know his mom and dad were world-class table tennis players who competed in the Olympics, his mom winning some medals. But did you know how good-looking his mom is?
Irish Open Field Strength: I’m getting tired of waiting for this week’s tournament field strengths. Maybe they delay until the official groupings are announced, I don’t know. At any rate, I guess I’ll have to make a separate entry when they are posted. With world numbers 1, 7, and 9 in it, it will be decent at worst. Number 16 as well. Would have had Number 15 if Reed hadn’t had to back out. Roughly 13 of the top 50. World Number 54 is playing; that would be Byeong-hun An. Peter Uihlein, too. Lots of big names, past, present, future. I’ve got the strength at over 200 just based on the top 15 players. Very likely the Euro Tour will have the stronger field two weeks running. We’ll know soon enough. Whatever the case, Rory did a great job. Outside of Jordan Spieth, I think Rory garnered all the hottest names in golf right now. And plenty of big historic names with lasting legacies.
Final Word on Spieth at Colonial: Every player can look back and find a stroke or two he could have saved. Everyone noticed Jordan’s triple on No. 5 on Friday, a hole he played in a downpour. Had the rain held off, maybe he would have won. Certainly his tee shot Sunday on No. 16 was sub-optimal. Like I said, though, every player has a similar tale. For some reason, the lost strokes that stick in my memory are the ones on Nos. 1 and 2 on Saturday. Jordan had makeable eagle and birdie putts on both greens. He missed both and so went -1 for the holes instead of -3. All in all, though, Jordan had to play in a downpour, had a less-than-stellar putting week, and still finished T-2, closing the gap on Rory (MC at Wentworth) a little bit.