Thought for Sunday: Woods is T-47. Last year at Greenbrier (and this year’s event is a little weaker even), T-52 got zero OWGR points at the Greenbrier. Meaning that if Woods falls much farther tomorrow, he won’t get any points, that he might as well have missed the cut.
9:10 pm Update: Interesting comments in an article on the Woodsmanda Scandal:
If true, then these allegations, while not as shocking as the scandal that in retrospect derailed Woods’ career, are even worse because they involve a fellow pro’s (now former) wife. […] Woods has never been hugely popular with his peers, and something like this is likely to isolate him even more so.
There’s an air of resigned déjà vu all over again. And while the news reports that surfaced last week about Tiger Woods’ alleged affair with fellow pro Jason Dufner’s (now former) wife, Amanda, may not be true, no one is giving the dominant player of the modern era any benefit of doubt. He has lied about sexual infidelity before and, unfortunately, his credibility in such matters isn’t exactly stellar.
Here’s an article from the Sun Times that summarizes a funny week of Woods-Amanda Dufner, Phil and money laundering, and Donald Trump. No one benefited more from Woodsmanda than Phil Mickelson, if you ask me.
6:40 pm Update: Plenty of Tiger Woods The GC postgame show started late due to a web.com overrun, so I turned it off and forgot about it. I remembered and turned on my TV, catching only that last 30 seconds. Golf Channel told the viewing audience that tomorrow’s coverage would have “plenty of Tiger Woods.”
2:35 pm Update: Savoring that fine wine? I had to laugh at Oberholser commenting about how Woods “is able to correct his problem on the course. After hitting OB, he was able to pipe one down the middle.”
As if every other pro keeps hitting big slices after an OB shot until they run out of balls and have to walk in.
1:30 pm Update: Golf Channel always freaks out when Woods implodes. I think Sir Nick is the only one who enjoys it. By the way, GC will have a 20-minute pregame in between the end of GC coverage and the start of CBS. It will be funny to see them devote half of it to Woods now that he is realistically out of it.
They go on and on about how, “If only…” and “If you take away those two bad shots, then…” and “His putting is okay, it’s just the driving” (or whatever). As if that’s not true of every player on Tour — and no longer on Tour.
11:30 am Update: Here’s another link to video of the illegal drop Tiger Woods took yesterday. This one works great! At least for me. I had to watch a little ad for a movie first, but it went right into the video after that. I don’t think there is any doubt whatsoever that it is a bad drop. Like the guy said: “Pin high” with where it splashed. Clearly he needed to go back some twenty yards.
I guess you could say he “didn’t know” where it went in, but it’s an illogical drop. Simple geometry would tell you it was farther back; it didn’t make a 90-degree turn. This is kind of like the “oscillating” ball in the rough. Cheat, then plead ignorance. This seems to be ingrained in him. Let the legend shrivel.
I’m going to ask Tiger Tracker about it, but he’ll ignore me, I’m sure.
11:00 am Update: I missed this from the U.S. Open. Some guy heckling Tiger Woods with a call of “Lindsey Vonn.” Speaking of Woods, he tees off in ten minutes, I think. I found it interesting to look at the players teeing off around him. Reed, Maverick McNealy, Morgan Hoffman. Guys who have been getting their names in the news the old-fashioned way: they earned it.
Did Woods Cheat Yesterday? There’s a lot of discussion about the drop Woods took on his water ball at No. 17. Sky Sports has a good discussion — or so I heard. I don’t know because the Sky Sports video won’t play in the U.S. I guess if they figure if we Americans saw what real adult sports coverage was like, we’d revolt. Anyway, here’s the link, courtesy of a reader. If it works for you, and you feel like doing a transcript, I’d love to post it here.