I’m spending every free minute reading Shane Ryan’s new book, so I have not followed golf much today. Koepka with a nice early round, so he’ll make tomorrow afternoon worth watching. Spencer Levin is near the top; will this finally be his week? Mickelson had a nice round going, but foundered; still, he’s sitting nicely and will also get TV time tomorrow, you can be sure. Seung Yul Noh might be putting together an afternoon round.
Here’s a Washington Post article I found interesting in its matter-of-fact discussion of Woods:
Woods’s reputation, once the most exalted in sports, did not suffer its greatest damage from what he described as a “sex addiction.” Millions of people resented him more because he made a billion advertising bucks by selling them a lie about his personality. They were willing to forgive, forget or maybe just accept — but balked at being sold a fake.
It wasn’t but a year or two ago the media was still preaching, “He cheated on his wife; no one should be mad but her.” Some still do.
Is he doing it for money? His $61 million in ’14 (down from $121 million in ’09) is mostly endorsements that might disappear if he admitted the true state of his game and his morale.
Shane Ryan’s book is great. Quite well-written, so it’s a pleasure to read. He was on Golf Channel for some 30 minutes this morning being interviewed by Gary Williams. Williams was somewhat “tough” on him, though Morning Drive is such a fluff ‘n’ puff show, almost any serious question seems hardball. But it was good. I thought Ryan handled himself well. Once when asked who “they” were (I’m not even close to how the question was phrased), Ryan first pointed to “television,” showing right away he wasn’t on Morning Drive to wave GC pom poms.
Ryan pointed out to Williams that being liked and being considered overrated (discussing Rickie Fowler) was not necessarily a contradiction. You’d think that would be obvious, but on crayon-toting Morning Drive, such “subtle” points must be explained.
After Ryan left, Paige McKenzie and Damon Hack commented on the book, and Paige was visibly upset and negative on the book because it criticized some players. I don’t agree, but I was glad to see she had a strong opinion. Hack said that was journalism, which should extend beyond fandom and spin and PR.
I’m skipping around in the book, reading chapters that catch my attention — that’s also how I read A Good Walk Spoiled — so there are a couple of chapters that might be Yay Tiger Whee Whee (I heard that there are), but from what I’ve seen, I’ll be surprised if that’s the case. Time will tell. Anyway, I highly recommend everyone read the book. Not only is it a good, informative read, but I think it’s a landmark book for golf. It’s no less than equal to Haney’s The Big Miss, and has the potential to have a tail as long as A Good Walk Spoiled.
Some have criticized Shane Ryan for not having much of a golf background, but if you ask me, that’s a huge bonus. The golf media is just awful these days, afraid of their own shadows and in cahoots with each other and the players, organizers, and equipment manufacturers.