US Open Eve Semi Live Blog

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

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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!

Open Mic Night in Orlando:

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.”

6:50 am

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.

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12 Responses to US Open Eve Semi Live Blog

  1. Sports-realist2 says:

    I shot a ‘calendar’ golf score of 54 a few years ago on a golf course I play alot…..Through the year I birdied every hole(but not in the same round ofcourse), BUT, this apparently still makes me one of the GREATEST golfers who ever lived…..I really can’t wait for my endorsement deals from all those calendar companies now….I mean after who has shot a CALENDAR 54 besides me…Maybe I should call the golf channel, and they would hire me to talk about it….

  2. Sports-realist2 says:

    As far as the GRAND SLAM, the RARITY of even having a chance is OBVIOUS….
    Since 1950 Ben Hogan gave himself TWO chances at the Grand Slam by winning the Masters and the US Open in 1951…Ben also won the Masters, US Open, and the British in the SAME year(1953), but failed to win the PGA…. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods each ONCE won the Masters and US Open to start the year, but could not do 3 consecutive majors, BEGINNING with the Masters in the SAME year….
    Ofcourse as we NOW know how EVERYTHING was being exaggerated or whatever by Eldrick’s agent, we can see in hindsight, why they are not allowed to let the myth go….at least for now….

    • lannyh says:

      Woods winning the Grand Slam would have been perfect for their narrative, so they tried to muddy the terminology. There are still people who will gleefully exclaim Woods won three grand slams.

      Just this morning I heard Jaime Diaz say that Phil winning the Grand Slam this week would be huge. Is “career slam” a dirty word or something?

      Certainly no one ever went around claiming Nicklaus won the Grand Slam. I really like that Jordan Spieth seems to have revitalized the chase for the true Grand Slam with his comments this year about not being able to win them all if you don’t win the first one.

  3. Sports-realist2 says:

    Fox sports has always tried to UP the level of technology and has tried being a little different…..I know I’ll watch more, if they have CGI dinosaurs on the course running after the golfers…..I mean who wouldn’t want to watch that?
    I’d also expect Norman to be somewhat of a ‘stiff’ commentator….Usually takes a few years for x players to become more ‘natural analysts’…..

    • lannyh says:

      I believe I’d prefer CGI dinosaurs to moving cameras. The moving, jumpy cameras at that women’s four-ball thing they did actually gave me eyestrain and made me dizzy. I literally could not watch it.

      Fox says they’ve had such great success with the NFL, but the “growth” they’ve seen is due to the population growing from 200 million to 300 million. Ratings and Share have been in decline since the 80’s.

  4. Kris says:

    Of course you’d pick Quail Hollow to substitute for the major so you can give it to your boy Rory ;-). As little coverage as the golf is getting on FS1, it could be worse. Fox currently has the rights to air NASCAR, and they negotiated to have the main series off week be moved from July to US Open weekend so they’d have more air time for golf.

    • lannyh says:

      Did not know that about Fox and NASCAR, but it explains a comment I heard on the radio the other day about NASCAR having an off week (I didn’t know they had any).

      Did Rory win Quail Hollow? I was just thinking it made sense because Quail Hollow is going to host the 2017 PGA Championship. Guess it would work out well for Rory, but that’s just the rub of the green. It was the logical choice.

      • Kris says:

        I think your logic is valid, I was just messing with you. I was worried about NBC getting the rights to nascar because Sunday is the big day for both golf and nascar. Turns out they’re going to air almost all the nascar stuff on NBCSN, so golf coverage should be pretty much unaffected, aside from the flood of nascar commercials.

      • lannyh says:

        It was pure chance it would give Rory another major, pure chance. 🙂

  5. Sports-realist2 says:

    Lanny, what was Kelly referring to about ‘let the legend grow’ or whatever? eldrick? Rory? what context was she referring….If it’s Eldrick, what golf has she and the golf channel been watching? barely making cuts is legendary? or was it someone else….kelly is usually one dimensional…

    • lannyh says:

      Well, obviously the quote is from Earl Woods, so it was a veiled reference, but she said it about the golf course, I think. Or maybe the US Open in general.

  6. Sports-realist2 says:

    As far as that ‘gossip’, I wouldn’t be surprised about the Navy Seal thing, but I would be surprised if Elin would return……It’s been reported that both Michael Jordan and Eldrick Woods DONT tip……
    Elin was with a billionaire? Does she think she’s Jackie Onassis or something? She really should try…….

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