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.
GOLF CHANNEL IN FULL PANIC MODE; CENSORS LANNY H GOLF!
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
Heavy.com 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.