Thursday Greenbrier Semi Live Blog, incorporating Thursday Thoughts

7:00 pm Update:  Golf Channel postgame just lead with Tiger Woods (surprise, surprise) and one announcer said, “If he had not had that double bogey, he would have had a truly spectacular round.”  Okay, so a -6 would have been a “truly spectacular” round.  So, how come a guy who shot two strokes better than “truly spectacular” isn’t headline news?

5:00 pm Update:  What a weird day of Tiger Woods coverage.  He plays an easy (Stewart Appleby has shot 59 there) par-70 course in soft conditions, shoots 66 (equivalent to 68 on a par-72), and sits in a 12-way tie for tenth in a weakish field.  (Currently T-10, but quite a few players still on the course who are likely to best that score.)

Yet in his post-round interview, Woods seemed as content and relieved as if he’d just shot a first-round 62 at Whistling Straits to lead by five.  I guess he is happy he’ll likely make the cut and earn his (non-)appearance fee money.  I mean, it’s a fine round, and T-10 is a fine position to be after the first round, but the elation seems inconsistent with that actual accomplishment.

Golf Channel seemed to think it was a great cause for celebration, too, although, to be honest, they seemed a little subdued.  The double bogey hole was reminiscent of a lot of his rounds lately.  Bad drive.  Second shot into greenside bunker.  Skulls bunker shot way over other side of green.  Flop shot fifteen feet short of green.  Pedestrian chip.  Holes putt.

Maybe the golf media knows more about the Woods-Dufner thing than they are letting on.  Gottlieb of CBS, in a video, said he had been hearing rumors for two weeks from people associated with the Tour.  It’s gotta be depressing as hell to get marching orders to pump up such creepy guy.

Check out these comments:  I just read the comments at this Woods-Dufner article from US Magazine.  It’s not that they are savage condemnations of Woods, and they are not passionate defenses of him.  They are (mostly) subdued, matter-of-fact, low-interest posts expressing absolutely no surprise or disbelief.  Kind of like, Yeah, we all know he’s creepy as hell, and he has no credibility whatsoever, so he almost assuredly did it, but he’s not even any good any more, so I can’t say I’m much interested.



My harmless jab to a Golf Channel Tiger Tracker comment was deleted.  This shows just how desperate Golf Channel is in the wake of the latest Tiger Woods scandal.


[Update: My reply was allowed fifteen minutes after I made it.  That is not the norm; my earlier replies all posted immediately.  Perhaps they have a “Dufner” filter.  I will test…]

11:00 am Update:  Check out this tweet from Steve Elling, then guess which one (and only one) of the three topics was discussed on Morning Drive today?


7:35 am:  Tiger the Sailor Man’s Spinach:  Tiger Woods was OWGR #4 on June 18, 2014, when he signed an endorsement deal with MusclePharm.  He is now #220.

6:45 am:  I have gotten a kick out of some of the headlines:

  • “Tiger touts progress as new romance reported” — The Times of India
  • “SEX ADDICT TIGER WOODS AT IT AGAIN: Champ accused of secret affair with rival’s wife” — Malaysia Chronicle
  • “Tiger gets love boost ahead of Greenbrier” — Gulf News had an odd line in an article:

Tiger aka Mr. Steal yo Girl is back at it again.

Who exactly was he stealing the prior girls from, their pimps?

Steve Elling made a good point in a tweet yesterday: “Golf Channel just aired his Greenbrier presser in its entirety and Tiger was not asked about today’s Vonn story or Dufner’s wife.”  Woods (and Mickelson) should not expect the same “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” treatment in the UK the next two weeks.

Well, Morning Drive starts in 45 minutes.  I’m sure they’ll cover the matter in great detail.  Who do you think will mock Steinberg first?  Gary Williams or Damon Hack?  I bet Charlie Rymer is all over Steinberg for saying there is zero chance this happened after he was blindsided by the 2009 scandal.  I bet Chris DiMarco points out Steinberg would be the last person to know.

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23 Responses to Thursday Greenbrier Semi Live Blog, incorporating Thursday Thoughts

  1. JoseyWales says:

    Eilling has some good posts on Twitter…enjoy following this guy.

    • lannyh says:

      Haha, I’ve been following him this morning. I’ve left some replies.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        Lanny, use “eldrick” with your golf channel comment…They might not catch it…..

      • lannyh says:

        It’s weird. I did another “Dufner’s wife” comment, and it showed up immediately. Maybe I should try “Mickelson.” I don’t follow them often, so I don’t want to expend much effort. Only lately have I gotten in a bad habit of following and making wise cracks, or mocking cheerleader comments (which draw a lot of “favorites” from the Yay Tiger crowd).

  2. Sports-realist2 says:

    It is interesting…Have you tried putting disparaging remarks about Phil or Rory or Jordan and see what happens? If you did an IDENTICAL comment, with just the names change, then we’d KNOW for sure how RIGGED ‘freedom of speech’ has become on some of this….

    • lannyh says:

      I have not, but it was odd that all my other comments went through immediately. Oh, well, I can say whatever I want here. The censoring and narrative-pushing of Golf Channel is why I left their website all those years ago.

      They have every right to censor people, but it’s nice to have a place to point it out.

      I’m apolitical and have no use for either “the right” or “the left,” but I know my way around that game, and I can say this: It really does look like Golf Channel is being used as an arm of NBC to push a left-leaning worldview. I say that because I have zero interest in Donald Trump, but I can’t help but notice how much airtime GC has devoted to his situation. NBC fired him (or whatever) and now John Feinstein is being shown (and reshown) all day basically imploring sponsors to put pressure on the PGA Tour to make Trump apologize.

      I’ve said it before: It’s weird that NBC pushes a pro-women’s rights agenda on their news nets, but on Golf Channel, they have made a twisted misogynist the centerpiece of their golf coverage. Go figure.

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        If Adolf Hitler were alive today and came ‘out of the closet’, the networks would be building him up, and supporting him…..Sounds crazy? Not when I see how the media tries to DESTROY other people who have differing views……
        Eldrick is now an adulterer(if he wasn’t already) and Bruce Jenner is a lost soul, YET, they try and tell us these people are HEROES?????????
        Remember that line: When good is called evil and evil is called good—you know the end is near….

      • lannyh says:

        Haha, well, they definitely have their approved causes, and those seem to trump EVERYTHING. I wish they’d take up the causes of politeness and a diligent work ethic.

    • lannyh says:

      I don’t know what to make of that article. It’s very crude, and I’m not one to equate crude with witty. And it was very much a Tiger Woods apologia until about halfway through. Then it got pretty brutal at Woods’s expense. It was like they had to go through a trendy-crude PC opening before they could speak obvious truths.

  3. DanishDude says:

    Crude? .. yes indeed, but being european I find it quite refreshing.

    Today Tiger Woods shot a 66 and the Golf Media is going crazy like it’s the Second Coming… just take a look at PGATOUR.COM

    … and not a single “journalist” has had the bals to ask him to comment on the Amanda rumour.

    Hypocrisy – you can’t fake it…

    • lannyh says:

      Yeah, it’s amazing. They’re like, “Stop the presses! Tiger broke par!”

      I usually just go to for the scoreboard (it’s one of those unreadable websites that dominate the Internet these days), but I gotta go now to see what they have up! You sparked my curiosity.

    • GolfFan says:

      I for one hope the Golf media doesn’t ask TW about the Amanda rumor. They are golf media. If I care about gossip I’ll go watch TMZ and/or read the tabloids/gossip magazines.

      • lannyh says:

        The problem with that is the media trots out Woods’s personal life all the time when it suits their purpose of building up his image. His kids are often the subject of questions and answers at his press conferences, for example. The media made a huge deal out of Rory and Caroline Wozniacki, so it was logical that they would ask Rory about it. And he answered, then moved on. Bubba talks about his wife and kids all the time; if Bubba is reported to be doing it with some other players wife — to the point where his agent has to deny it — asking Bubba about it would be very logical, no?

        I guess you would envision a world where no one talks about anything but chips and putts and drives and pars and birdies, but no one would much identify wit that.

        As well, on this story, forget Woods. Look at the HUGE GIGANTIC ENORMOUS deal they made out of Amanda Dufner. How many photos of Amanda Dufner did the golf media put in front of us. How about the deal made when Dufner patted her on the butt after winning a tourney?

      • lannyh says:

        Just to continue a little bit, this is like the perfect storm. Amanda Dufner was made into a star, and Lindsey Vonn was made into the “woman who will bring Tiger peace and contentment” and who “gets along great with this kids,” and then this happens and you just want to ignore it?

        Then, too, what about the incendiary comments Sergio or Stevie the Caddy made, sometimes in private settings. That’s gossip, too, but again, those were made into huge things.

      • lannyh says:

        I’m not saying YOU agree with how those are handled, but certainly no one got up in arms when questions were asked. The Amanda Dufner thing is the elephant in the room, and Woods needs to say something even if he says, “No comment.”

      • DanishDude says:

        The man is a notorious cheat in every aspect of his life.

        If everyone subscribed to your point of view, Lance Armstrong would still be the greatest cyclist who ever lived and Milli Vanilli would be bigger than the Beatles.

      • DanishDude says:

        Oh, and btw Lanny, the way Rory dumped Caro over the phone didn’t sit well with a lot of people here in Denmark. I know you’re a big fan, but that move spoke volumes about his character.

    • GolfFan says:

      Roids/PED’s are illegal so stuff like that is important stuff. a dude’s sex life isn’t.

      • DanishDude says:

        They don’t question him about that either.
        .. and, of course, adultery is irrelevant

      • Sports-realist2 says:

        The media MAJORS IN THE MINORS……You know, adultery meh, but a comment about MEXICANS—–WOW LETS MAKE THAT A HUGE ISSUE!!!!!!!………..WE can no longer trust journalism…..I’ve never seen it more rigged–bought and paid for….

  4. Golfan says:

    The effect the weakish field has is it potentially makes it easier for TW to do well relative to the field. It doesn’t really have any impact on his 66. I.e. The weakish field didn’t make it easier for him to shoot 66. Besides, he’ll be in the 70’s tomorrow anyway.

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