8:00 pm Update: From Shane Ryan, at Golf Digest, interesting short count of number of times Woods’s name was mentioned in questions to other players, then a comparison to the frequency of Rory’s name.
5:30 pm Update: The All Tiger Edition
- I’m the last to hear anything… Woods got his SEALS training injury because he is so damn cheap.
- Woods looking to reunite with Elin.
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3:30 pm Update: Russell Henley, my pick to win this week — and I’m right now making him a last-minute impulse addition to our Make Me Pay players this week (Rory, Jordan, Jason Day, and now Henley) — playing “Jimi Thing” on guitar:
3:00 pm Update: Bet ’em up! Phil Mickelson is a 3-1 to 4-1 head-to-head matchup favorite over Tiger Woods. Rory is a tiny, tiny favorite over Jordan Spieth.
Kelly Tilghman just ended her scripted opening with, “Let the legend grow.” My gosh. When will they fire her? She’s just plain awful.
2:10 pm Update: As a respected member of the media, let me be the first to say something: If this course disappoints and the tournament becomes a random lottery, I’m not going to recognize the event as a major. Instead, I will substitute this spring’s Quail Hollow tournament as the second major of 2015.
2:00 pm Update:
Fox in the Caddyshack: I’m watching the end of hour one of the Fox Sports two hours of Wednesday pregame coverage. (Two whole hours!) I think Tim Brando is the host. Hmmmm. I haven’t seen enough to pass judgement, so I’ll hold my tongue. Uh, oh. Brando just said, “Tiger is always interesting no matter what he does.” Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Video camera slider rails, whee! What’s the point? If something is interesting to look at, it’s interesting to look at. If it’s boring, moving the camera doesn’t do anything but make viewers dizzy as well as bored.
10:00 am Update:
Weather or Not Shack Suffers From Professional Jealousy
Just took a gander at Geoff Shackelford’s website, and he has a link to a fantastic weather blog entry by a local Seattle/Tacoma climatologist. It’s short and myth-bustingly informative, and it makes you wish — assuming the golf course holds up its end of the bargain — they’d play the Open at Chambers Bay every year.
Another new entry by Shack smacked of professional jealousy. A shackdown-smackdown of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the architect of Chambers Bay. It makes my “Jesus… coming home” ranting look mild.
9:00 am Update:
Just Plain Stupid. The Los Angeles Daily News writes of “a calendar Grand Slam.” Did American Pharoah just win the “calendar” Triple Crown? Did Chris Heston just pitch a “calendar” no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants? The term “grand slam” — by freaking definition! — makes it a “calendar” Grand Slam. There is no such thing as a non-calendar Grand Slam.
8:50 am Update:
Season Career Grand Slam: Golf Channel just said that, no kidding. Jordan Spieth isn’t going for the Grand Slam. He’s going for the “season career grand slam.” The Golf Channel doesn’t like to admit a Grand Slam exists; they morph it all into variations of the career slam (Tiger Slam, anyone?) rather than acknowledge Woods never won the Grand Slam. The sui generis uber golfer of all time failed to win the Grand Slam? Oh, my!
The U.S. Open is coming, and it’s weird, treacherous and mind-blowing, with potential for great embarrassment.
But enough about Tiger Woods’ game.
7:50 am Update:
- The day before a major and no par-3 contest? I sure do miss all the exciting coverage of Tiger Woods and his adorable children and Lindsey Vonn. Oh, wait, nevermind.
- Fox Sports 1 has a couple of hours of US Open pre-tourney coverage today at 1:00 pm EDT. That’s it for the day; everything else is women’s soccer. Bizarre.
- I’m reading Shane Ryan’s new book, and he referenced a funny story about Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson that was in Ian Poulter’s book. Remember when Mickelson took a jab at the Euro Ryder Cup team, something like, “We’re a pretty close team, and none of us is suing a teammate.” The joke refers to the McIlroy-McDowell management company lawsuit. A day or two later, Rory saw Phil at a function and told him, “At least I’m not wanted by the FBI.”
Altered States: Golf Channel has been ramming their Altered Course reality show down our throats for two or three weeks now. They inserted two hours of it into their prime time US Open coverage on Monday, and another hour yesterday. My thought: Wouldn’t it have been nice if instead they had shown historical programs about past US Opens?
Down and Out Under: The Australian National Post published an interesting story yesterday, “It’s a new age for golf — one in which Tiger Woods looks more and more out of place.” Here’s a shot at Fox Sports 1 and Woods:
They cut away from regular programming on Fox Sports 1 for Woods’s pre-Open news conference Tuesday, but increasingly, it’s difficult to understand the fixation.
Doesn’t bode well for Fox’s coverage. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?
Gag Me With a Promo: “For the first time in a long time, there is no clear-cut favorite.” From a Golf Channel promo for the US Open. For the first time since last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that… Look, Golf Channel, Woods used to be the top player and be favored. Now it’s Rory McIlroy, and his odds are in line with what they have been for several years. It’s not “for the first time in a long time.” Try to keep up.