11:00 pm: Very gracious interview by Rickie Fowler. With the exception of Rickie and Rory (to a far lesser degree), many of those in the top 25 are from the usual suspects: Spieth, Reed, Stenson, Day, DJ, Kuch, Colin Montgomerie. Okay, maybe not that last one. And Mickelson played like a pro and is right in the mix, too. Rory has work to do, but if he falters, tomorrow night will still have Reed, DJ, Mickelson, among others.
Buck is really going on about Woods not letting Fox interview him, and it does sound like it’s normal to ask through Steinberg. I’m surprised by that, too.
10:45 pm: Interesting that Buck relays that Steinberg turned them down for a post-round interview with Woods. Fox has done a pretty good job, overall. Reported that many in the gallery were actually laughing at Woods play on his final hole. No way NBC/Golf Channel passes along that tidbit.
10:40 pm: I’m convinced playing with the Traveling Woods Freak Show hurt Rickie and Oostie big time. Another thing: Even in his horrible play, Woods gets too much attention, because Rickie is playing even WORSE! That’s just written off as, “Rickie is playing like crap today.” With Woods, his poor play becomes a major storyline.
9:00 pm: Did Tiger Woods just board the Last Train to Clarksville? He has fallen into a tie with amateur Matthew Nesmith?
8:45 pm: Spieth has kind of quietly, uneventfully gone to -2 and T-8. Dufner finished at -2, and I’m not sure I heard his name all day. Shane Lowry at that number, as well, with 7 holes yet to play; I like that lumberjack beard he’s been wearing; an Old Tom Morris beard, without the gray.
Wow, Woods just hit one to who knows where. Probably get away with it, but he might be hitting from Canada.
7:30 pm: Four of six Euro Seveners are in the top twenty. Keep sharp objects away from jalnichols.
7:10 pm: Oh, and here’s the Twitter Golf Channel Tiger Tracker. It will be interesting to hear the prime time introduction when the transition to regular Fox occurs in 50 minutes.
7:00 pm: Golf.com has their live blog going. Can be entertaining when Woods is playing poorly because those guy are some of the biggest cheerleaders going. They’ll let you make pretty much any comment or ask any question you want (within reason), so it can be amusing. I have not seen it today until now. Just pulled it up.
Sounds like the Chambers Bay crowd is getting pretty lubricated.
5:40 pm: Did Fowler just shank? That looked awful.
5:20 pm: Forget Hammer Time, it’s Spieth Time! Love to see him and Jason Day do something special today.
4:50 pm: With these greens getting so bumpy, is that going give Spieth even more of an advantage over the rest of the afternoon wave, or is it going to take away his normal putting advantage? I fear the latter. That last putt of Rory’s was unfair; no other way to put it.
4:15 pm: Overall, I’m really happy with the Fox coverage. Very little annoying screen clutter. Buck and Greg doing a good job. Oh, and little or no Blair Witch Project camera work. A few minor complaints, but nothing worth mentioning yet.
I do wish Rory could have made a few more of his shortish putts today. He’s played better than his score would indicate, it seems to me.
2:10 pm: Rory has an important birdie putt, so Fox switches to an interview with a golf official? Can’t they interview the guy while showing video of the golfers? Now they go to commercials instead of showing Rory…
1:55 pm: Mr. Steve Elling just tweeted out this link to a live stream of Ian Poulter cooking and watching the morning play. It’s definitely live because I see a TV in the background occasionally and it matches mine. And Poults has referred to the score a time or two, also, and it is the current score.
Am I in the minority? If this came down to Kuchar vs Mickelson in a playoff, I’d be for Kuch.
1:25 pm: Euro Sevener Marc Warren leads!
1:15 pm: Euro Sevener Marc Warren one out of lead!
1:05 pm: Bubba back to even par? No way! I gave up on him after his opening double. Bubba really seems to have improved his mental game the last couple of years. I think he’s grinding more now because his kids made him realize this prime of his career won’t last forever.
1:00 pm: No major complaints about the Fox camera work. Not nearly as bad as at the women’s four-ball. It’s been fine, really, as far as I’ve noticed. I reserve the right to change my mind, of course…
11:05 am: John Feinstein is trying to reprise the idiotic “bad Friday” crap regarding Rory? He’s won several tournaments since then, and his 80 at the Irish Open was on Friday. Oh, I just remembered Fox Sports 1 has a pregame for this hour ahead of live coverage; I’ll check it out. Some bow-tie guy is on… Not sure how long I’ll last… Oh, it’s Max Homa. He’s said to be quite outspoken; I’ll stick around.
10:55 am: Final Score: Fox Sports live stream 0, CBS/GC live stream 0. It’s only an hour until their TV coverage, but, man, I wish these streams didn’t crash our machines here at Lanny H Golf. I thought personal computers had memory protection since about, oh, the mid-90’s. How the hell can a video stream even crash my machine? Until maybe six months ago, I could run these streams all day with no problems whatsoever.
Kelly just did her “serious intro” again, and I missed again the “child” she is talking about. Oh, well.
10:30 am: We brought up the Fox featured holes live stream on our bank of giant-screen TVs. If Fox’s stream doesn’t bring down our rack of servers, that’ll be a huge plus in their favor; we’ve had very bad luck of late with the CBS/Golf Channel offerings. So far, the coverage is pretty darn decent. Our audio/visual/tech guys have it running full screen mode. So far, so good.
9:10 am: Our entire staff has already arrived at the Command Center this morning, hours before the first tee time. Probably because we had breakfast catered… We just ran the entire Q13 video preview series on our bank of giant screen TVs. On Golf Channel, Tilghman just did another “serious intro” thing where some player was said have had Woods as “his childhood idol.” I wonder if it was Rory, who signed his name as a kid as Rory Nick Faldo McIlroy. Fox Sports 1 is all over this US Open, i.e., they are showing women’s soccer once again.
Dan Jenkins not at this US Open for the first time since 1963. He said his grandaughter’s wedding conflicts. It’s worth your while to monitor his tweets during majors.
The online stream feature holes today are a driveable par-4 (No. 12) and a tricky par-3 (No. 15). Good choices. Maybe these streams won’t crash my machine. I’ll give it go and see. Less than an hour until that begins.
6:15 am: Information is flooding into our US Open Command Center this morning at Lanny H Golf. The featured holes are, apparently, No. 12 and No. 15. Rory, Martin, and Gunn Yang start on No. 10 today, so they’ll be on that stream pretty quickly.
5:30 am: Wake up! Only five hours until Rory tees off. Four hours until Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Angel Cabrera tee off; that is the feature group that will be shown online at this link.