So Woods and Zac Blair will be paired tomorrow? I have to admit Zac Blair is a name not known to me. Google, here I come.
Final Update Headline:
Spieth Has Putting Yips, Still Tops Woods by Five
5:40 on Update: Well, are you shocked? This entire broadcast has been the Tiger Woods Cut Show.
4:10 pm Update: I wrote off Rickie, but he birdied his final hole, and the cut line moved back a stroke, as well. As of right now, he’s playing on the weekend.
3:05 pm Update: Woods was reported as being T-51 with nothing short of flee. T-51? That’s now time to break out your party hats?
Woods is putting light-out today. Was four shots up on field in strokes gained putting. Was good putting yesterday, too. And still T-51.
Spieth shooting same score as Woods today, but it’s ho-hum to the announcers. Woods on the same score is yay-yay-yay. Actually, as I type, Jordan birdies to go ahead of Woods on the day.
1:55 pm Update: I spoke too soon. Jordan Spieth was about to stroke his birdie putt on No. 1 and… system lockup. I give up. Golf Channel coverage on in five minutes, anyway. Thirty minutes of pregame Tiger worshipping, then live coverage of the event. I doubt they’ll even show Woods what with Jordan on the course and so far ahead of Woods.
1:25 pm Update: The feature group for the stream is Jordan Spieth not Woods!! Jordan with a good birdie look on No. 1. I’m chancing it with the stream… Two minutes and no system crash yet…
1:00 pm Update: I have been out of the loop and will have to check on the morning action… Wow! Lingmerth and Dufner made big moves. Hideki kind of treaded water. Furyk with a big move, but a few strokes back. Mickelson got inside the cut line, but not Fowler. Woods group teeing off now; Spieth group in ten minutes. Not sure about a live stream, but it seems like since they moved that to CBS (this year?), it crashes my machine. I got tired of booting every fifteen minutes yesterday.
Morning Woods: Today’s Morning Drive setlist: Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, Cheyenne, Tiger, Tiger, Cheyenne, Cheyenne and Tiger, Tiger, Tiger…
They are doing with a “two-way miss” what they did earlier this year with “the yips.” Thing is, Woods has had a two-way miss for years. The yips were at least kind of new, to the extent he had them (or faked them) anyway.
They had to trot out the apologist routine this morning to explain why it’s awesome for them to obsess over Woods. Something about two Tour pros tweeted about Woods, so that indicated it was a super important topic. And that every pro, to some extent or other, cares deeply about Woods? WTF? I can’t imagine many of today’s top pros give a flying flip about Woods. They are more concerned about Kevin Kisner and Patrick Rodgers than they are about Woods. Or Mickelson. Woods and Mickelson are to them like Freddie Couples and Tom Watson are to Bubba Watson and Adam Scott: old guys who can still have a good week and contend once in a while.
It’s obvious in hindsight that Tiger Woods’s career was front-loaded. Phil Mickelson’s was more end-loaded. Based on that, one would expect Mickelson to do better in his forties. In his prime, Mickelson averaged just under three wins a year; in his forties, Mickelson is averaging one win. That can’t be encouraging for any golfer about to turn 40. (It’s worth noting that Mickelson’s career has largely been injury-free.)
Morning Drive is reprising their “Tale of Two Woods” (their term, not mine) for the second hour. All this “analysis” this Golf Channel panel is telling us applies to every player in the field. They say, “Tiger’s round was up and down.” Gee, no kidding. Like every player in the field didn’t have some good holes and some bad holes. They also keep acting like this two-way miss is something new. It’s been part of his game for a long time. (Here’s a Golf Digest article on Woods’s two-way miss from last summer. Here’s a PGATour.com article on Woods’s two-way miss from… 2010. This is not a new problem.)