Friday: US Open Semi Live Blog

10:50 pm Update: Phil the Diplomat  “It was a challenge to get the ball in the hole.  I struggled with the area right around the hole.”  No translation necessary.

8:50 pm Update: Chris Kirk doing his part to keep the cut line at +3 instead of +4.

You know, if Rory misses the cut, and Jordan should win, Jordan would be within striking distance of OWGR #1.  Rory needs to make this cut and work his way up the leaderboard to a top ten or top five, even if he doesn’t contend.  If Rory misses, even a good finish by Jordan will take a big chunk out of the gap.

8:30 pm Update:  Rory can’t buy a putt.  Phil struggling.  Reed and DJ would make a good final pairing for Saturday.  Surely the cut line is going to go to +4.  Jordan’s score looking better all the time.

6:15 pm Update:  Either Fox just figured out how to turn on their gallery mics or else the crowd has gotten exceedingly drunk.  I’m hearing weird comments from the… patrons.

Rory off to a good start.  I hope he maintains his good play.

4:30 pm Update: Phil Mickelson about start his day.  If he can pick up a stroke or two this afternoon, he’ll be sitting pretty for the weekend.  Rory in an hour; he’ll need to pick up a couple shots just be in reasonable contention.

4:15 pm Update:  Look at Lee Westwood climbing up the leaderboard.  Monty teeing off soon; I hope he gets some TV time.

2:20 pm Update:  What a No. 1 for Day and Spieth!  And Rose!  Wow, three birdies.  Kisner playing well again; -1 on the day through 11 holes, E and T-27 for the tournament.  Branden Grace joins fellow Euro Sevener Marc Warren in the top ten.  Shane Lowry, through 8 holes, staying around the lead at T-10.

12:00 Noon:  Finally, live television coverage has arrived.  Spieth birdied his first hole, Woods bogied his first hole.  Could be a fun afternoon/morning.

11:30 am:  Stray Thoughts 30 minutes before FS1 live coverage begins:

  • Did Butch Harmon tell Rickie not to let the Tiger Woods Freak Show destroy his round?  Tilghman just teased, “We will tell you the real reason Tiger is playing right now.”
  • Will they go into his contractual obligations, or go in some other direction?
  • According to Golf Channel, Tiger’s travails are all due to the swing changes of  Chris Como, his post-back-surgery coach.  Post back surgery?  Something occurs to me…  Nah, couldn’t be…

11:00 am: Tale of the Tape:  A couple of weeks ago, the golf media made a huge deal out of Woods getting blisters on his hand.  I remember mentioning that I got blisters whenever practiced more than usual, so I kept tape in my bag.  As soon as I felt a blister coming on, I taped it.  Anyway, I notice Woods has tape on two fingers this week.

It makes me wonder if maybe he’s got injuries preventing him from practicing enough to build up the normal calluses.

Course Complaints:  Golf Channel, and some others, are missing the point of the player complaints about the greens when they say, “They are the same for everyone.”  Consider:  If I played Rory on any normal golf course, he would clobber me.   If I played him on a golf course made of linoleum tile, I would actually have a chance to compete.  So, if a course is in “non-standard” condition, it helps the lesser players by closing the talent factor and upping the luck factor.  It’s why rain on a football field or racetrack helps the underdogs.  If I beat Rory on the linoleum course, would a Rory complaint be illogical and dismissable?  After all, the course was “the same for both of them.”

Apparently, Ernie Els has gone public about the greens, saying they are the worst he’s played in his career, that they are like temporary greens.  Interesting, because Ernie has gotten quite a bit of criticism about the greens at Wentworth.

10:10 am Update: For Those Bashing Fox

All the people bashing Fox, are they insane?  Did they miss the “comedic wit” of other networks?  Did they want Pavin and Flesch to predict whether a putt would be made, then make a joke about jinxing a player for the 10 millionth time?  Did they find Buck’s willingness to remain quiet unsettling?  Was the final straw when Buck broke ranks and criticized Woods and Steinberg?  (Fox paid a lot of money for the US Open, and Woods can’t even talk to them — like Rickie Fowler did.)  Was it pointing out the laughter at Woods on No. 18?  (Did Buck do that as reprisal for being stiffed on the interview?)

Did they find Fox’s minimal approach to graphics problematic?  Did they miss the bullshite scrolls and popups of NBC/Golf Channel?  (CBS also deserves kudos for limiting graphics; at this point, CBS and Fox Sports rule the golf world.)

Oh, yeah, the bashing of Fox for not having the leaderboard?  It wasn’t their fault.  From a very good article on Fox’s coverage from the Seattle Times:

It turns out that glitch wasn’t the network’s fault. Fox spokesman Dan Bell said the scoring system provided by USGA and their technology partner had a breakdown that affected the entire compound, including Golf Channel, TV Asahi and Sky Sports.

Do you miss the oh-so-illuminating post-round interviews of NBC and Golf Channel?

My fears were twofold: That Fox would overdo their “new technology,” and that they would give us “Blair Witch Project” camera work.  Neither fear was founded.

My complaints are so minor as to not merit mention at this early stage.  Methinks the bashing mostly stems from the frustration of the Woods Only crowd taking out their frustrations on Fox, making Buck and Norman their scapegoats.

Seeing all the negative commentary aimed at Fox, I sent them a tweet of support.  Hyperbolic?  Perhaps.  But they are so far ahead of NBC/Golf Channel, it’s not funny.

[Clarification: I consider Faldo and Gannon to be CBS, not Golf Channel.]

8:00 am Update

  • I remember a time when a certain player getting angry during a round was considered proof of his competitiveness.  It showed he cared about the outcome and was not happy with anything less than excellence, blah blah blah.  With Bubba Watson, yesterday, we were told it’s proof he can’t control his emotions and that such behavior destroys a round.  For the record, Bubba managed to finish T-26 even though he had two double bogeys.  Also let it be noted that Woods’s hangdog face morphing into I-give-up guffawing was not criticized the way Bubba’s frustrations were.  But, tell me, which showed more competitiveness?
  • Many of the Tiger Woods suggestions from the media are just plain wacko.  Charlie Rymer said this morning Woods should take off the rest of the year.  As if Nike doesn’t have performance clauses in their contracts concerning the number of tournaments/majors played.  As if Quicken Loans would be fine sponsoring a Tigerless Tiger-hosted tournament.  And as if Greenbrier would pay him his appearance fee if he didn’t actually appear.
  • On a related note, Gary Williams just voiced incredulity that Woods could play so well at Augusta, but play so poorly now.  The truth is that the incredulity should have been voiced for the T-17 at Augusta; Woods’s next best result in all of 2014 and 2015 is a T-25.  After that, it gets real ugly real fast.
  • Isn’t Jordan Spieth, playing in the tougher half of the draw and sitting on T-7 while going for the second leg of the grand slam a bigger story than Woods playing poorly yet again.
  • Two Make Me Pay players (Day and Spieth) are in the top ten.  The two others (Rory and Henley) are still in the hunt at +2 and +1.
  • The Euro Seven are doing quite well.  It does seem like the ones who got the morning draw yesterday did substantially better.  It will be interesting to see how things play out today.  I should also point out that Sneds did well.

7:20 am: Cognitive Dissonance  The golf media’s continuing obsession over Tiger Woods is getting harder and harder for them to rationalize.  Woods, who hasn’t won in nearly two years, shoots 80 and it’s a major story worthy of hours of discussion.  Fowler, the Players Champion, shoots 81 and it’s brushed aside as “a bad round.”  So an occasional bad round is not newsworthy, but a series of bad rounds are?  Well, most of professional golf is made up of guys who frequently have bad rounds; they don’t last long, and they get no coverage.

Has Tiger Woods reached the stage where he’s famous because he’s famous?

Beavis: [watching a Tom Petty video] Hey Butt-head, how come Tom Petty is famous?

Butt-Head/Golf Channel: Because he’s on TV, dumbass.

Beavis: Yeah, but like… but how did he get on TV?

Butt-Head/Golf Channel: Uh… because he’s famous.

Beavis: Yeah, but, I mean, like, how did he get famous?

Butt-Head/Golf Channel: He got famous because he’s on TV.

Beavis: YEAH, YEAH, BUT HOW DID HE GET ON TV?

Butt-Head/Golf Channel: Because he’s famous, Beavis! Now shut up before I smack the bejesus out of you!

6:45 am: How Bad Was Woods?  Going by memory, about 20 of the top 25 came from the morning wave.  The afternoon had tougher conditions: drier fairways and greens, more wind, and quite bumpy greens.  Woods lost his group by only three strokes.  He had the bad side of the draw.

On the other hand, he tied or beat only two guys from the afternoon wave, Rickie Fowler and Billy Hurley III.  (I think Rickie Fowler was negatively affected by the Tiger Woods Rolling Freak Show Revue.  Woods is going to be outside the top 200 in the world before he next plays; organizers need to stop grouping him with true contenders; it’s unfair to them.)  And two guys from the group directly in front of him — Spieth and Day — shot scores putting them in the top ten.

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131 Responses to Friday: US Open Semi Live Blog

  1. Ken says:

    He needs to be in that sunrise Billy Casper/Doug Ford pairing that they used to send out first at the Masters.

    It had to be killer playing with him for Oosthuisen and Fowler. A partner like that drags you down. They were playing badly too at time, but they weren’t consistently hitting shots sideways. When the round got out of hand, Woods was just stepping up to it and hitting it without much thought. That he visibly gave up on some shots along with the [probably forced] laughing can’t have helped their concentration. Fowler was out of it after the front nine but Oosthuisen still had some shot of a decent round, and he was stuck with that clown.

    In a different way, but Fowler and Oosthuisen now know how Nicklaus felt at one of Palmer’s later Masters when they were in a the made-for-TV group with Player (it was fun to watch). Palmer played decent for a time but was out of gas after about 13 holes and was hamming it up for the crowd. Jack was still a semi-contender who could at least make the cut and really resented being in the ceremonial group. Jack ended up making the cut.

  2. Ken says:

    He’s become Zsa Zsa. Famous for being famous.

    He’s entered the ceremonial phase. Well, he was a record setter; maybe he’s entered the senior phase of his career in record time at age 39. They should pair him with Jack Burke Jr. and Ben Crenshaw at the Masters.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Yesterday the golf channel post round apologists were saying the usual nonsense…One guy said ‘I mean he’s won for SOOO long’ type of statement…BUT, if MAJORS is the barometer, then their statement is not correct about longevity…..Eldrick’s last major was at 32 years of age, or an 11 year span of majors(1997-2008)……
      Walter Hagen(15 years span of winning majors)
      ,Arnold Palmer(7 year span of majors)
      Gary Player(20 year span of majors)
      Jack Nicklaus(24 year span of majors)
      Lee Trevino(16 years span of majors..)…..
      Ernie Els(18 year span of majors)
      and at least 9 others with longer winning spans in majors………..Palmer had a surprisingly short period of winning, granted Jack got in his way a few times…..Walter Hagen, who had 11 majors, didn’t even get to play the Master’s until he was 41 years old…

      • Ken says:

        A lot of the better players won their majors in short time spans. Tom Watson (8, 1975-1983), Nick Faldo (9, 1987-1996, but 1992 was his next-to-last), Seve Ballesteros (9, 1979-1988, but 1984 was his next-to-last), Ben Hogan (7, 1946-1953), Sam Snead (12, 1942-1954 in a very long career).

        Taking out some of the late-career outliers, it seems common for majors to be compacted into a short time span. I’ve told people that historically, Woods at 11 years was already winning for a somewhat unusual length of time. Time at the very top of the game tends to be fairly short.

      • Ken says:

        Lee Trevino is another. 16 year span 1968-1984, but the next-to-last was 1974. That 1984 PGA was one of my favorite tournaments. Trevino a last hurrah, with 49-year old Gary Player shooting 63 and finishing second.

  3. Realist says:

    Really, Tiger should quit golf. He is not competitive any longer. He is only occupying a space in the tournament that someone else up and coming has to miss out on. Draw crowds, increase viewership, move the needle and so forth are not valid reasons to be competing in a world where you can clearly no longer keep up with the current golf talent. I’ve often wondered if he could even win his own “club championship” at his home course in Florida. Sad to see surely but he even said he would quit the game if he came to a point in his career that he is no longer competitive. In complete denial of this, he and his supporters keep selling the notion that “he is getting really close to getting his game back”. That day has come. And so it has for many other golf “greats”.

    • Ken says:

      For contractual obligations, he can’t quit.

      It’d be a smart move. His game is shot. He could quit now and his fans would content themselves with ridiculous, “He’d have broken Jack’s record but chose to retire to take care of the kids” statements.

      He preserves his legend by quitting (look at Bobby Jones). He just gets old and tarnished by continuing.

  4. Sports-realist2 says:

    Good point on Bubba….Ofcourse it’s hypocrisy by the media…Perhaps it’s because Bubba is a Christian, and that anything he does with EMOTION is considered out of control…As if Christians are emotionless Vulcans who stare at lawn chairs all day….
    Woods is SUPPOSED to be Buddhist, which is all about meditating and control ect, BUT no one seems to notice his lack of control, besides the media apologizing about ‘us hearing that’…..
    Eldrick is held to a LOWER standard for his oncourse AND offcourse antics……

  5. Barry Burn says:

    Hack just wondered “can Woods make a move today”?

    I give up.

    • Ken says:

      Incredible.

      The golf channel babe just said that the Woods/Fowler/Oosthuizen group would be her storyline for the day. Good. Ignore that silly Day/Spieth/Rose group.

      • lannyh says:

        Holy cow, what the heck is wrong with those people? Are they trying to be funny?

      • lannyh says:

        Feinstein just made a similar comment. I wonder what was said at their production meetings this morning. “Tiger Still Matters” seems to be their talking point. I preferred Fox’s semi-mocking last night. That was cool. Joe Buck isn’t afraid of Steinberg, obviously.

      • Ken says:

        Buck did do an incredulous, sad-sounding “They’re laughing at Tiger Woods” statement.

        The media never cared when Montgomerie and Garcia were mocked by US fans. But there’s a lot of stuff out there today about how poor Tiger now has to endure laughter.

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, Tiger Tracker said something yesterday about things he was hearing from the gallery. He didn’t get specific at all, but you could read between the lines.

        Kelly Tilghman just said something like, “The light overnight rain reminds me of the rain before Tiger’s practice round at Memorial.” Holy sh–! That’s clinical. Get help, Kel.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      They are in ‘la, la land’…….Based on yesterday’s late coverage, today’s early coverage could really suck cuz Eldrick is playing….Will they STILL focus about how Eldrick is sucking for 5 hours—probably…. We know they will show his EVERY shot, so they are forced to bla, bla, bla, about him……Then oh meanwhile Spieth got another eagle, but back to Eldrick’s double bogeys…smh..

    • lannyh says:

      Oh, man, unbelievable! Haha, I have Golf Channel on but am reading at the same time and missed it. Too funny.

  6. JoseyWales says:

    With all the “what’s wrong with Tiger?” head scratching, I am curious why Norman or someone else at FOX doesn’t bring up the juice angle. Woods exhibits all the symptoms of coming down off the juice. To me, using common sense, he has finally got off the juice, nerve pills and whatever else he was using and is now paying the price for years of cheating. There is no other way to explain his steep decline.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      There is NO way the media is allowed to discuss the ped angle with Eldrick…..Even though WE know he did it, the rest of the sports PRETENDS it’s not even a possibility…It’s rather rigged……Norman is NOW a media person, and I’m sure they gave him a list of do’s and dont’s……
      I’m starting to believe that these networks are paid off by Steinberg and Nike….When I say ‘paid off’, that means the HEAD EXEC GUYS are getting paid some maffia money to keep it going……
      We NEED to find someone who USED to work for either the golf channel or ESPN, and see what rules they had……It would probably be just as we suspect..

      • lannyh says:

        From the Wall Street Journal: “Nike’s $2.7 billion annual marketing budget carries massive cultural influence.”

  7. Ken says:

    They need to show the sand save on #10 by Woods a few hundred more time. Good lord. Greatest shot ever!!!!

    Rose’s recovery on 17 was far more impressive.

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, and Rose’s mattered. A guy on Golf Channel just said that today’s round is the most important of Woods’s career. Okay, these guys gotta be playing this for laughs.

      • Ken says:

        Woods is blaming it on not having played enough?

        Who exactly is stopping him? Enter the John Deere, Hilton Head. Enter the tournaments that could use his star power. The ones that he’s not been willing to deign to play in.

  8. Ken says:

    Kelly is damn close to tears.

  9. Barry Burn says:

    “Stay tuned…..we’ll have Tiger’s warm up session”

    lol.

  10. Sports-realist2 says:

    Spieth I hope wins this thing……Back to back Majors and a REAL shot at the Grand Slam….

    • Ken says:

      I hope so too.

      Rolfing (I think) just said that Spieth was struggling coming into this tournament and didn’t play well yesterday. What was he watching? He could have hit it a little better over the last four holes, but before that he was hitting great shots. And those greens late in the day were not conducive to making much.

      • lannyh says:

        I was impressed with Spieth because his round struck me as kind of “stealth.” It seemed like he wasn’t doing much and then — voila! — he was up among the leaders.

    • lannyh says:

      I’m leaning that way, too. I still probably root more for Rory, but getting the first two legs of the slam would be great. Lots of other guys I like, though. Reed, Day. Even a Kuch who I’d like to see pick up a major before he’s done. Matsuyami. But right now, man, Spieth sure would make a great story.

  11. JoseyWales says:

    To your point about bashing FOX Sports…one of Shackelford’s many negative tweets about Fox”
    “Fox Sports just came out of commercial with no sound for 25 seconds. TV folks knew this stuff would happen but it’s still weird to see.”
    NO SOUND FOR 25 SECONDS! OMG the fricking sky is falling…what will we do without meaningless announcer drivel for 25 seconds? 25 seconds of silence…Dial 911!

    • lannyh says:

      Exactly! I’m just in the middle of writing about Fox coverage. Give me twenty minutes or so. One thing you may or may not know: the leaderboard snafu was not Fox’s problem; all networks were affected; it was USGA tech company’s problem.

      • JoseyWales says:

        The glitch was not FOX Sports’ fault…but that didn’t stop Shackelford from bashing them on Twitter…here is Shack’s tweet:

        “oh boy, @FoxSports has lost leaderboard graphics, Joe Buck apologizes.”

      • lannyh says:

        Yes, Josey. Now, let’s wait and see if Shackelford apologizes. I’m halfway tempted to go over there and ask him to, but my comment would be deleted. 🙂

      • lannyh says:

        Oops, I guess I had already posted that one. The one I am working on is Tale of the Tape. Sorry about that. Still, I just read another article bashing Fox and the centerpiece was how ironic that “high tech” Fox couldn’t show the leaderboard — when it wasn’t Fox’s fault.

    • Ken says:

      Shackelford seems to get a little more stupid every day.

      Ever hear that CBS story told meby Venturi I think, though it could have been someone else. I don’t remember the situation, but it was at a Masters while a crucial putt was being hit. The producer (Chirkinian?) told the announcers in the tower that if they said anything in the next 30 seconds, they were fired.

      I guess Shackelford doesn’t understand that sometimes silence says more than anything. Although this was a very different situation out of a commercial.

      • lannyh says:

        I’ve heard some of those Chirkinian stories. I think he told the guys something like, “We don’t need to hear the ball stopped two feet short of the hole; it’s television, they can SEE that!”

        I just can’t stand the non-stop chatter of NBC. The European Tour Production team (with Dougie Donnelly) that does the Euro Tour events for Golf Channel are to be emulated with their brevity of words.

      • Ken says:

        The year that ESPN carried the BBC feed of the British Open was great. I guess that was ESPN International. Never enjoyed coverage that much (and I like Peter Alliss).

      • JoseyWales says:

        “Shackelford seems to get a little more stupid every day.”
        Both Matt Every and Greg Norman agree with you. Every ripped him in Shane Ryan’s book and Greg Norman has blocked Shackelford on Twitter.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Just when you believed things couldn’t get better they did. Woods was suffering from abject humiliation and it was hard to imagine how he could add to it. But to my delight he produced the coup de grace, a 3 wood skulled into a bunker. Eldrick…..just when I believed my day couldn’t get any better it did. Thank you THANK YOU

  13. JoseyWales says:

    to your point about Tilghman….she has been terrible since day one…they will never fire her…they could never get away with it for many reasons:
    1. She is female.
    2. She is lesbian…the LGBT lawyers would be all over them in a heart beat
    3. She has been at GC since they went on the air…started as a gopher in the tape room.
    4. She has seniority…they would have to offer her a “golden parachute” which she probably would not accept.
    Molly Solomon would love to axe her but it’s impossible unless something totally unworldly and insulting comes out of her mouth which is entirely possible. So we are stuck with Kelly…very painful.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Interesting stuff there Josey…I thought Kelly was kinda unattractive in a way, even though she is pretty at the same time….the ‘dike’ affect explains that one….Who is Molly Solomon?

  14. Ken says:

    Somewhere in a file cabinet at TGC, there is a brief correspondence tucked away in shame:

    “You will hire Notah Begay.”

    We know where it came from. There must be some reason, because it isn’t the ability to communicate. Which would seem to be a prerequisite for employment as an on-air personality in most situations.

    • lannyh says:

      I liked the question the guy asked him, “Notah, could it all turn around in one round, could something click and his game would be back?”

    • Ken says:

      I think they’ve asked that question in every conceivable form of everyone that will stand still long enough.

      Another Kelly soliloquy about him now.

    • Ken says:

      I don’t hear their morning shows very often since I’m typically at work. I’m home today.

      Lanny, I don’t know how you can stand it.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Lanny plays drinking games where he takes a shot of tequila every time they mention Tiger Woods….Ofcourse he died of alcoholism 4 years ago….rip lanny…….lanny’s twin now writes the articles…

      • lannyh says:

        I couldn’t if Kelly Tilghman were a regular part of the morning show. I find her pretty close to intolerable. A little while ago, she mistold the Jason Day story to where Jason was a lost kid until he stumbled upon a Tiger Woods book. The book came later, after Jason had bonded with his coach at a special school he was attending. Shane Ryan wrote an excellent chapter on it in his recent book; I guess she hasn’t found time to read it. But Tilghman made it sound like Day was saved by Tiger.

      • Ken says:

        They probably have stories in the reserve bin about the blind being healed after touching his robes.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        if you touch Eldrick’s robe, you might get an std….

  15. Barry Burn says:

    JoseyWales has got it pegged exactly right on why TGC is stuck with KT.

    She is indeed terrible as an announcer.

    I long for the days of Kessler.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      well I’ve said it before, that it’s most likely that the heads of NBC are homo’s–no joke…ESPN is totally homo-centric…Some hollywood execs are homos……..CBS had about 1000 articles about Michael Sam, who is an absolute nobody…..Sign of the times…….

  16. Ken says:

    Feinstein did mention that he has to play due to contractual obligation. And he needs money. His lifestyle isn’t cheap.

    But they still think that he loves golf and competition. I believe that too. The spotlight is also very addictive to star athletes. And star athletes are usually the last to believe that they just can’t do it anymore.

    • lannyh says:

      I was glad to hear him say it. They prefer the narrative that Woods does it for his love of the game or whatever. Here’s my take on it: If I were insanely wealthy and able to play golf on even a journeyman PGA Tour level, why not play? Unless you were just sick to death of golf. I’d play Senior Tour, too. Why not. Of course, Woods doesn’t seem the type to play Senior Tour.

      But a guy like Esteban Toledo — he’s really quite lucky. He didn’t do much on the PGA Tour, but he’s now playing the Senior Tour and making some good, solid money. Golf is still exciting to him, and important. Gives him a continuing purpose in life.

      But Tiger was a star of such magnitude, I guess it’s a completely different ballgame for him.

    • Ken says:

      They’re all different. It takes a while for the stars to really take to the Champions Tour. Palmer didn’t play a full schedule on it for quite a long time. Nicklaus never did. Watson played both tours for a while. But it’s a rebirth and a chance for a new career for the Toledos, Wargos, and Laorettis of the world. Even to Monty. To some of the truly greats like NIcklaus, it’s really just an exhibition.

      If I were a star, I’d be Palmer. He never tired of playing. People around him when he was long past being competitive really believed that he’d give away all his incredible wealth to have a competitive golf game again. He loved the competition, but also the life.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      HE NEEDS THE MONEY…..Could be……I’ve read so many stories of athletes and celebrities ending up broke, it doesn’t surprise me…..Entourages aren’t cheap….mine costs me at least $13 bucks a day….

  17. Ken says:

    “Big Cat” (gag) just birdied the easiest hole on the course. He’s found something!

  18. Ken says:

    If the Red Sox are still in last place in September, I wonder if Fox will make them the Game of the Week? After all, they may be the most popular team. That seems to be their strategy for covering golf, focusing heavily on a player who is nearly at the bottom of all 156 entrants.

  19. Ken says:

    They seem to have cut back on the Woods’ stroke-by-stroke coverage a bit. Is that because this is Fox Sports and not regular Fox? Did they feel stupid for yesterday’s coverage? Did Steinberg make a call and beg them to stop embarrassing his meal ticket?

    It’s an improvement.

  20. Sports-realist2 says:

    Spieth tied for the lead…..Personally, if Dustin Johnson falters, it’s Spieth’s for the taking…imo..

    • Ken says:

      Maybe even if Dustin doesn’t falter. Spieth is showing flashes of the Masters runaway form. Great up-and-down on 16.

  21. Barry Burn says:

    So much for the Spieth runaway, lol.

    p.s. Don’t forget Henrik. He wants a big one, badly.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Spieth is still in good shape…..Stenson and Johnson have zero majors for a reason….

      • lannyh says:

        Yes, a long, long way to go yet (although for some reason today feels like a Saturday to me.) It will probably play tougher later, so who knows: maybe E will be a good score for the afternoon starters. This is shaping up to be a good one.

    • Ken says:

      That’s how you bounce back from a double bogey.

      • lannyh says:

        Yeah, he played that last three holes in par. He’s having a heckuva day. These greens seem to roll a lot better in the mornings. Not sure what that will mean come weekend with the leaders out last. Maybe with only 60 players, they’ll mow closer to the final tee times.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        in a putting contest, I would take Spieth over Johnson or Stenson…..

  22. Sports-realist2 says:

    CBS sports doesn’t have the ADJUSTED scoreboard on their PGA leaderboard page……#1 is now a par 5, where yesterday it was a par 4….
    Why this matters is that the scoring is different…Jordan Spieth BIRDIED #1, which is still a 4 on the scorebard, but his score goes UP to -5, instead of -4, which CBS just shows it as a par…….Now in a billion dollar company, you would think those type of details wouldn’t go overlooked…..They had to of known that they were going to make ADJUSTED scorecards…..

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, that’s a pretty major oversight. It’s like those statistics where they have to specify a margin of error: +/- one stroke.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Spieth double bogeyed, but it’s shown as just a bogey, then what should be a birdie is just listed as a par….

  23. Sports-realist2 says:

    Louis OOOStheoilkoih is 2 under par with that sucky group…Granted they haven’t shown one of Louis’ shots, at least that I noticed….not surprising…now if it would be that other guy at -2 on the round, they’d be throwing a parade….

    • lannyh says:

      Rickie seems to have righted the ship today. Was E last I saw. I bet you Butch chewed him out for letting Woods distract him; I would have. That’s my guess, anyway.

    • Ken says:

      As soon as Buck (rhymes with “yuck”) and Norman get there, the Tiger coverage starts again. They had been doing better.

  24. Ken says:

    Wow this sucks for Day.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Well I have some experience with neurology ect, and I can tell you it’s a rather NEBULOUS science…..The fact that he’s done all this testing ect, and they don’t know shows you how overrated neurology is as a science…..

  25. Sports-realist2 says:

    huh…So Jason Day has dizzy spells/vertigo ect…….Norman stated he’s had brain scans ect for it…

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Last hole too….I would think he would be given extra time to finish, if he’s able..

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Ok, Fox was trying a little hard there…WHY would bother sending down Norman for an interview with DAY….? Let the guy recover……Plenty of time to answer the ‘how are you doing’ questions……poor taste there to even try…..

      • Kris says:

        Jordan Spieth was having to yell at people to stop taking pictures. Talk about poor taste. Poor Jason, I hope they can figure out what’s wrong with him soon.

      • lannyh says:

        Maybe some hotshot vertigo specialist will have seen it on television and offer to help out. It’s gotta be scary to deal with it for Jason and his family. He’s one of the goodest of the good guys on Tour. Shane Ryan wrote about him quite a lot in his book, and it made me like him even more than I already did.

    • Ken says:

      People are sick.

      Fox is overdoing it talking about his “courage.” Not trying to downplay his condition, but any young competitive athlete is going to finish, just like Day.

      And saying how the Open is the last thing on Day’s mind. No way. The first thing he’s thinking about is being ready for tomorrow.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Yeah, it’s a dizzy spell, he didn’t lose his leg in the war……The saddest moment was when they were showing Woods standing on the tee, while fitting Day on the ground near the green…they showed it for about 30 seconds…..The ONLY purpose to do this was to shove Woods down everyone’s throat, and pretend they gave a darn about Day…….

      • Kris says:

        I was watching the featured group stream and they were saying pray for him and his family and his caddie like he died or something. I mean, pray for him and his health if you’d like, but that was ridiculous. No mention of the Charleston shooting, no black ribbons, but pray for this man and his family because he had a dizzy spell during a golf tournament. Embarrassing.

      • lannyh says:

        You guys make me look like Mother Teresa. I hear what you all are saying, and if it were just a dizzy spell from the flu, that wouldn’t be much of a worry. It’s just that it seems chronic, and maybe indicative of some other kind of problem.

        But, yes, sometimes media coverage of such things can be awkward.

      • lannyh says:

        Well, it kind of took the wind out of my sails for a while. It’s something he’s been fighting for a while. It’s one of those “put things in perspective” deals.

      • Kris says:

        I understand how undiagnosed health problems like this are terrifying and yank the rug out from under your life, and my thoughts and prayers are with Jason, Dash and pregnant Ellie. I’m just a little over sensitive about the fact that they passed out black ribbons at the golf tournament that was going on when the Aurora shooting happened but I haven’t seen any mention of the Charleston shooting. Let’s mourn the victims of a lunatic in a movie theater, but who cares about black people killed in a hate crime in church. I don’t have fox sports 1 and haven’t seen all the coverage, so please tell that I’m wrong.

      • Ken says:

        I like Jason a lot. It’s the hyperbole of the Fox comments.

        I don’t think black ribbons are necessary in response to any shooting. It’s a superficial, empty gesture that accomplishes nothing.

      • Kris says:

        Black ribbons aren’t hollow. They are an acknowledgement and a show of solidarity. Those things are important in a situation like this.

      • Ken says:

        I’m sure that in print I come off as cold and lacking empathy, Kris. And I am a born cynic. But I feel for the people in that tragedy even if it seems not.

        But pinning ribbons on people for stuff like that does nothing. There’s no reason to bring the news into the sports world. Seriously, who does it help? To me it just comes off as a fake “Yeah we care” gesture. Some of the ribbon wearers may be truly sincere, but when you robotically pin them on a large group of people, it just loses meaning.

      • Kris says:

        I see what you’re saying, and normally I agree with you. I just feel like if they did it for that situation, they should do it for this one. I think it’s time I let it go, though.

  26. Barry Burn says:

    Westwood tripled 18. Ouch.

  27. Ken says:

    Great round by Oosthuizen. Barely on TV at all. Great concentration playing in the circus.

  28. Ken says:

    Not sure what is scarier. The stupid, witless comments yelled by morons. Or the people who actually laugh at them.

    • lannyh says:

      You know, just a little while ago, I think I heard two or more females scream in unison something about Swedish fish, then, after a pause of a second or two, some guy guffawing like he was at the Comedy Club.

      • Ken says:

        You heard correctly.

        The pinheads try to outdo each other. I think they yelled “super sexy” after a DJ tee shot. I’m sure the DVR at home is running and it will be proudly replayed for all their friends for years to come.

  29. Ken says:

    It’s the longest of long shots, but I’d love to see Monty win. After he was treated like crap in the US, it’d be pretty cool.

    Won’t be betting too much on that.

    Nice knowing that Woods will be watching Monty play this weekend.

  30. Barry Burn says:

    I was a huge Monty fan and wanted him badly to win a major…….until

    that extremely controversial ball-marking incident in Jakarta.

    Golf is the supreme gentleman’s game to me.

  31. Sports-realist2 says:

    You know, all these cameras following the golfers walk around the course, and up and down the steps, reminds me of ‘home video vacation tapes’ ….You know, where the person taping is following everyone and taping their backside, which ofcourse, is rather silly…..

  32. Barry Burn says:

    Well, that article put the best possible light on what Monty did. The European Tour hardly wanted a huge scandal involving a long time Order of Merit winner.

    Googling Colin Montgomerie + 2005 Indonesian Open may reveal further details.

    • Kris says:

      He admitted that he did wrong. He rectified it by donating all of his winnings to the Tsunami fund. Maybe it’s a personal problem, but I tend to forgive people who redeem themselves.

  33. TruthTeller says:

    I think Jordan is the better player between he and Rory. Now, don’t get me wrong, Rory has the better “A” game but Jordan is much more consistent, which allows him to contend more often.

    • TruthTeller says:

      And of course, as soon as I say that, Rory drops an eagle.

      • lannyh says:

        Well, that cheers me up. Thanks for the good news! I can return to my TV now. I was getting too depressed to watch! Seems like none of my afternoon guys other than Reed were playing well. Rory needed that one!

    • lannyh says:

      I guess it depends on how you define “better.” The thing is, Rory IS consistent when he’s on, but he has bad spells, then he’ll win everything in sight for a while.

  34. Ken says:

    I don’t like the featured group, or follow-the-leader, coverage at this point of a major, when players in contention are all over the course.

    There’s tons of players in contention. I’d like to see more of them. You don’t need to see every DJ, Reed, and Scott shot. They should cut quickly from group to group.

  35. Sports-realist2 says:

    Spieth has to be the favorite to win after today…..When you look AFTER Johnson and Reed, you have to go back 16 players to Rory to find a Major winner……Spieth was +500 coming into today to win…Now he will probably be even money to win……..

    • lannyh says:

      I’m not crazy about a Reed-Spieth pairing for some reason.

      • Ken says:

        The good vs. evil storyline from the media will get annoying. Unfair to Reed too.

      • lannyh says:

        They are fairly good friends, and were Ryder Cup partners. It adds some emotional aspects that wouldn’t be there with others. But I guess these pros are pretty good at sticking to their own knitting.

      • Kris says:

        I didn’t even think about the potential “good vs evil” angle. Patrick Reed isn’t evil. I honestly believe he will have a Payne Stewart style transformation. I think friends in the final pairing can be great golf. Look at how exciting the 2014 British Open was, and the top 3 there were good friends.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      Well I’m sure the golf channel will root for Spieth KICKING AND SCRATCHING….Name the last player at 21 to win BOTH the Masters AND the US OPEN…..UM…NOBODY…..Jordan just took the MASTERS record and can follow that up by doing what NO ONE has done at 21 years of age……YET I haven’t heard either the golf channel or Fox mentioning this…….WHY? It should be the story……Not to mention a REAL shot at the grand slam……

      • lannyh says:

        It will be interesting to watch Morning Drive today. Here’s a story ready-made for them. 21 years old. Going for second leg of grand slam. Holy cow! It’s time to move on and say things like, “And we thought Tiger Woods did remarkable things at a young age. Look at THIS kid!!!”

        Instead you’ll hear, “Jordan’s great play reminds us of just how wonderful Woods was.” It’s just bizarre. There’s gotta be a follow-the-money angle.

  36. Ken says:

    Phil kept pushing and pulling good birdie chances. It wasn’t the greens.

    Oh brother, wrapping with a Tiger puff piece. And speaking for all of us about how great we all thought Woods was.

    • Sports-realist2 says:

      yeah ofcourse…it was totally unnecessary…..It’s like…he sucks–got it…Finishing 150th place out of 156 players……YET it’s been SEVEN years since he’s won a major….SEVEN years ago is ALMOST 2 high school careers….YET again, they treat it like it’s still 2005 or 2000 or somewhere over the rainbow…….I’m convinced, more than ever, that Eldrick was doing major roids/peds in 2013….

      • lannyh says:

        I am, too. I’m going to try to put together a quick little timeline thing this morning. Or if I’ve already done it, find that link. To go from Hero to Zero to Hero Again to Zero Again so completely is very odd. And his peaks tend to coincide with Galea report, Biogenesis report, Blood Sport release.

        Of course, while watching golf yesterday, Fox gave me a Sports Update to tell me A-Roid got 3000 hits. What the…?

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