10:55 pm Final Update II: Great interview with Jason’s caddy, Colin Swatton on GC. Also, I thought Greg Norman’s description of benign positional vertigo today — he did it twice, once early in the day, once late — was very useful. Wasn’t medical jargon. A regular guy explaining it to regular people.
10:45 pm Final Update: Time to turn on Golf Channel to get the latest on Tiger Woods!
9:35 pm: Jason Wins the Day!!!
6:26 pm: Maybe it’s not too early!
6:25 pm: Early yet, but wouldn’t it be cool to see Jordan get another big 54-hole lead? Also, pretty darn cool graphic by Fox to show Jordan vs. Hogan. Hogan!!!
5:40 pm: Okay, here we go. I gotta admit, while I like the location and love the weather, I’m not crazy about some of the goofy golf elements of this course, and I’m not at all happy with the greens. If Jordan wins, I’ll forget all that, I’m sure. But it’s one thing to have super-slick greens, and another to have greens the ball randomly veers on.
Rory played great golf today, for the most part, but… how did Phil put it?… he had trouble with the area surrounding the holes.
By the way, I can’t shake this Sunday thing. I’ve been reminded 50 times today it is Saturday, but it still feels like Sunday. I keep thinking of things I have to do tomorrow, Monday. Maybe the late tee times are throwing me off somehow. I don’t know.
Alright, here we go. Let’s get ‘er done, Jordan!
Oh, also, Go Jason! I hope he can get through the days without another bout of vertigo. Also, I do believe the Euro Tour announcers say luh-VEE for Alexander Levy.
2:35 pm: Question: Are they putting dye in Puget Sound? No way it is that blue!
Man, over three hours until the leaders tee off. A long wait.
Just a quick, sloppy count, but it looks like 22 over par, 5 at even, 5 under par, with Rory’s -2 the best. He could make up some group if he can play steady the rest of the way in. Long way to go yet. An announcer for Fox just stated he has been covering Rory since a boy’s championship in 2003. Rory would have been about 13 or 14 then.
The gallery sounds more sober than yesterday, but it’s early yet.
- I missed Reed’s “Mickey Mouse” comment. Gotta admire a man for expressing his view.
- I caught very little of Golf Channel today; I just couldn’t handle it. I’m confident they spent half the show on “What does Rory need to shoot today?”
- Maybe Rory truly can make a run. He’s -1 through six, and most scores today — and remember these are the early starters when the course should be playing easier — are well over par.
Maybe Kelly is trying to keep the S.S. Tiger Woods from completely sinking. Might be a lost cause, though.
“We used to stock a significant quantity of Tiger apparel, but the customer for that product is nowhere near what it used to be,” said Casey Baker, vice president of Carl’s Golfland in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. “I’d say there’s a 60 to 70 percent drop-off in sales of his gear since 2009 and even when he started playing better, he just didn’t resonate enough.”
Online retailer DiscountGolfWorld.com used to sell 500 of Tiger’s Nike shirts on each day of a major. Friday of this week? Maybe 50, said owner Dennis Boudreau.
[Tom Stine, co-founder of Golf Datatech] says the impact of Tiger’s popularity on the sport itself was always overstated, partly because the sales of Nike (NKE) golf equipment soared due to his endorsement deal. But those sales came mostly at the cost of other equipment manufacturers’ marketshare, and didn’t add much to industrywide sales, Stine said.
Fox Stat: I think it was during Fox’s broadcast when they mentioned Jack’s record of 146 straight majors played. What? Publicizing a stat showing how great Jack was? Jack played in more consecutive majors than Woods made consecutive cuts? (Of course, about 1/4 or 1/3 or Woods’s “made cuts” were in no-cut events…)
- Seventy-five players made the cut. Top sixty and ties. I’m not happy so many made it because they have to cut the greens before the first group tees off, and that means an hour or two more of growing before Jordan tees off. The guys playing last are going to face much bumpier greens. It’s possible if they let the greens dry out, the poa annua grass won’t grow so fast, which would help from what I’ve heard. I think the problem is the poa annua outgrows the fine fescue, and that causes the bumpiness later in the day.
- Why isn’t the golf media shouting from the mountaintop that Jordan Spieth might win the first two legs of the grand slam? And, as someone pointed out in a comment, at age 21!! Only a few people have won the Masters then the US Open, and none as young as Jordan. This is a potentially huge event.
- One reason I’d like to see Spieth win is because when he is going for the third leg of the Grand Slam, Golf Channel would have to ignore that to tell us, “The most fascinating story of the British Open is still Tiger Woods.”
8:45 am: Here’s a chart and short piece I did showing the way Woods’s performance has fallen off a cliff a few months after PED accusations surface.
Where does Blood Sport enter in? That’s July of 2014. That’s when Woods’s claim of four or five visits from Galea turned into 14 documented visits, with 49 more from Mark Lindsay. Here’s what I think happened: Finchem had probably had a “heart to heart” with Woods about Galea where Woods swore he only saw Galea four or five times; Woods’s name was on the Biogenesis list a few years later, and Woods again claimed he was clean and told Finchem he was getting no PEDs from Bosch; Blood Sport comes out proving Woods’s claims of only four or five Galea visits was a lie; Finchem confronts Woods and says, “If I so much as sniff another story about you and PEDs, I’m releasing the Biogenesis list all the other documented suspicions we have about you and PEDs.” Finchem could even have some failed drug tests, or other hard evidence.
I have also wondered if Woods is having to stay clean because of Olympics testing. If he suddenly “regains his swing” after the Olympics team is selected (and he’s not on it), it will be pretty obvious.
7:20 am: Turned on a replay of the Golf Channel postgame show from last night. Chamblee went on and on with an Ode to Tiger. I gave up and turned off my television. That’ll teach me for seeking out golf information on US Open weekend.
6:45 am: Fox Sports 1 is re-running their “Spirit of the US Open” programs this morning at 8:00 am EDT. Four 30-minute programs. I forgot to watch them the first time around. They look pretty decent and might be worth checking out. They cover the history of the US Open, including the 1930’s and the famed 1960 tournament at Cherry Hills, among other topics.