Final Update: I just wrote my thoughts on the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in a comment, so I won’t repeat them here, but I felt the same kind of happiness as when Secretariat did it all those years ago.
As for Memorial, this tournament has the feel of one Justin Rose is going to win. I noticed that about midway through today’s round. I’m not sure what it was, but something made it seem like he was ready to take this one to the house. There’s still a lot of work to be done, and it seems like someone near the lead goes low every day, but Rose looks solid, and three strokes is three strokes. Let’s see what that oddsmakers think… Ladbrokes has Rose at 1-2, which equates to a 66 percent chance.
Phil and Tiger Break Par at Memorial:
Check my math, but I think that’s 1-under for their best-ball score.
This is NOT a Stupidstic: Jordan Spieth shot 72 today. Tiger Woods shot 85. Now consider this… Woods had a better statistical putting day than Spieth. (Woods gained 0.806 strokes on the field, Spieth 0.052.)
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2:30 pm Update
Yesterday… All Kelly’s troubles seemed so far away
12:30 pm: The Yips are Back in Town!
(I might have felt bad for posting this, but not when I think back to the deification of Woods by the golf media for the past fifteen years. A deification which continues to this day.)
11:41 am: Oh, my. A gallery member just shouted, “Nice shot, Eldrick…. Eldrick!” This is not going well for Mister Woods. DJ is -7 on the day. Blair was -4 before a double.
11:45 am: Golf Channel just said, “This is not the Tiger Woods we are used to seeing.” Come on, guys, this is more or less the Tiger Woods we’ve been seeing for darn near a decade. And especially lately. Time to say things like, “We can expect more and more days like this as Tiger Woods winds down his career.”
11:30 am: Throwing in the Towel
I give up. Updated Flash, updated video drivers, still crashing. I used to be able to watch live streams without the crashes. I guess they “improved” it. Oh, well, Golf Central Pregame is just about to start. I’ll watch them hang their heads and wring their hands.
11:o5 Crash Report: I could be talking about Woods, but I am talking about my PC. Another crash. This live stream is about as dependable as that new Tiger Woods driver Nike is promoting. Well, the new video drivers should be in place now, so here goes….
Leaderboard Comments: Hard to say who surprisingly ignored among top players. Hideki Matsuyama or Jim Furyk. Dufner getting a bit of attention; good to see his game coming around again. Patrick Rodgers is playing this week like I expected last week; he seems like a pretty sure bet to be, at the least, a solid Tour player.
10:22 am: Woods has 42 on front nine. One Live@ announcer said, “He didn’t make a single bogey on this nine Thursday or Friday.” The other replied, “Well, he’s certainly made up for that today.”
10:15 am: I have the stream up, so this post may disappear before I finish, but the Live@ guys just said, “If you are looking for a bright spot, he just hit two fairways in a row.” That sounds like something someone would say about my game.
10:10 am: My machine crashed again. Thanks, CBS, thanks, Live@, thanks Flash Player. Thanks for causing me to miss Woods blading one across the green. Oh, well, my team of experts has updated my video driver. I need to reboot, but instead of doing that I’ll just watch the live stream for five minutes until it crashes and automatically reboots.
9:30 am: Through five holes, Zac Blair leads Tiger Woods by three shots. My live stream has been up about five minutes with no crash. My fingers are crossed.
9:15 am: Back into the breach. Lanny H Golf stops at nothing to keep our customers informed. Our computer experts have just updated our Flash Player software. Now we will try the Live@ Machine Crasher program once again!
8:15 am: Zac Blair and Tiger Woods tee off in fifteen minutes. Here’s a look at their OWGR ranking trendlines:
And they’re off! I have mixed feelings about American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown. Part of me wants the dry spell to continue; I must have some kind of memory-preservation psychological thing going on. However, I read a short piece last night that will allow me to celebrate a new Triple Crown winner, should it happen, “CBS2 Exclusive: American Pharoah’s Jockey Looks To Higher Power Before Belmont Stakes.”
Autumn Fall: Yesterday’s exploitation of Cheyenne Woods showed Golf Channel’s classlessness. They made a huge deal out of her good opening round. I mean a HUGE deal. It was weird. I like Cheyenne Woods; she has a bubbly personality; I don’t like feeling a touch of joy because she played poorly on the second day. Is Golf Channel trying to foster a wave of “haters” who will cheer Cheyenne Woods’s failures?
That’s no way to watch golf. I have firsthand experience in the person of Brandt Snedeker. Because of the Euro Seven thing, I found myself pulling against Snedeker, who happens to be one of the nicest, classiest, most decent guys on Tour. I let jalnichols (and myself) force me to pull against Sneds. I didn’t enjoy it. Golf Channel, for all their surface joviality, is sowing the seeds of great negativity when it comes to Cheyenne Woods. She deserves better.
Greatest Shot in Golf History: We loyal Golf Channel viewers know the greatest shot in golf history was struck yesterday at Muirfield Village. Tiger Woods got up and down from 40 yards to make the cut — changing golf history for all time.
Porter Waggoner and Tiger Parton: There has been recent discussion of Kyle Porter, CBS Golf’s pride and joy. Porter seems to work Tiger Woods into nearly every headline/article he writes. I maintain he’s trolling. Case in point: Today I encountered an article where he casually referred to Tiger Woods as the “greatest golfer of all time.” The idea there is to get someone to comment, “Porter, you suck, Woods isn’t the greatest, it’s Jack Nicklaus.” Then someone will respond to that with, “You can’t handle the truth. Woods’s winning percentage makes Jack look like a fag.” Others join in. They all leave comments, then check back to see if they got a response. The view count climbs.
If Porter hadn’t written “greatest golfer of all time,” it would have been crickets and tumbleweeds. That’s why you’ll find one or more of these comment triggers in pretty much every article Porter writes.