Saturday Scottish/Deere Semi Live Blog


7:30 pm:  Then birdies No. 18, of course.  Mister 61!

7:15 pm: Jordan Spieth just jarred one from the fairway on No. 17 at the John Deere Classic, and the cheering was heard all over the course — and in Scotland.  A little message to the boys at the Scottish Open: I’ll be seeing you next week.

Two eagles on the day… Day of the Eagle…

5:20 pm Update  Jordan shooting lights-out today, tied for the lead with five others.  Seven players are a stroke back, four are two back.  That’s what you call a jam-packed leaderboard.  Over in Scotland, Fowler is T-3 and two back.

3:00 pm Update  Looks like the weather broke at the Deere.  Jordan just teed off.  When the NLU guy interviewed Justin Thomas, Thomas said he was pretty tired of being described as “Jordan Spieth’s good friend.”  GC and CBS still say that just about every time they mention him.

Quick thought on the Sports Update before golf.  Wouldn’t more people who accidentally found themselves tuned to golf at the top of the hour be tempted to stay if golf coverage began immediately?  Instead the voiceover says, “Golf coming up, but here’s a few highlights of sports stuff you already heard about to give you time to change the channel!”  Just a thought.

2:15 pm Update  Roberto Castro started -4 on his first three holes.  I hope he can go low today.  He’s one of those golfers I really want to see win an event.

9:00 am Update

  • I already covered this territory, but the National Enquirer calls out Mark Steinberg for his comments about the Tiger Woods-Amanda Dufner scandal.
  • Don’t forget Serena and Garbina this morning at Wimbledon.  You can flip back and forth between tennis and golf.
  • Good article by Brandel Chamblee about the obsession with “growing the game.”  Here’s a quote: “Golf used to be mostly a break-even business. Courses and the experience were designed for the enjoyment of players. Profits went back into the facilities. This began to change when conglomerates began taking over ownership and/or management of courses.”  It’s worth reading.

7:00 am:  Today’s Endorsements:

Scottish: Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry (I’ve become quite a fan of late), Emiliano Grillo (22-year-old Argentine with a second-place on both the PGA and Euro Tours), Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Eddie Pepperell.  And of course, Victor Dubuisson.  Among the Yanks:  Rickie Fowler, Kuch, and Jimmy Walker.  And of course all of the Euro Seven who are playing.

Deere: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Spencer Levin (I’m probably his biggest fan outside his family and inner circle), and Danny Lee (two in a row would turn some heads).

Women’s U.S. Open:  I usually get pretty excited about big LPGA tournaments, but for some reason, this one hasn’t caught my attention yet.  Maybe because they hassled one of my favorite player’s caddie.  (Why would you leave confidential information out where people could see it?)  That said, we endorse:  Stacey Lewis, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull, Azahara Munoz, Lydia Ko.  We can’t endorse Michelle Wie because of media overkill.  She’s like Cheyenne Woods in that she seems to be a cheerful, friendly, great person, but the media covers her out of all proportion to her relevance, pushing me away from her.  They’ve even resorted to making excuses for why they over-cover her.

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14 Responses to Saturday Scottish/Deere Semi Live Blog

  1. Tootin' says:

    Keep an eye on Luiten at Gullane and St. Andrews.

  2. FoodForThought says:

    Best part was his reaction after contact. He hated it….until it went in the hole.

    You despise the Tiger Only fans and yet you worship Jordan in the same manner. Interesting.

    • lannyh says:

      Wow, what drama! Now we know what it was like for people watching Bobby Jones.

      Not sure what you mean. Jordan — the man going for the Grand Slam’s third leg next week — just holed out from the fairway; you want me to discuss Zach Johnson?

    • lannyh says:

      What’s funny is people were calling me a Rory Lover, then a Jordan Lover, then a Rickie Lover. But if they are going through such a long list, doesn’t that kind of prove the point that I’m covering the PERTINENT golfers?

      Then look at my extensive coverage of Sneds and the Euro Seven. I think you Tiger apologists have a toolbox of standard whines, and you try to use one whenever your feathers are ruffled. Though, why your feathers are ruffled after watching golf history is beyond me… You would have booed Bobby Jones at the tickertape parade.

      • FoodForThought says:

        Watching golf history involves watching a guy hold all 4 majors at the same time, same year or not….which you refuse to acknowledge as a special accomplishment.

      • lannyh says:

        Winning four consecutive majors is good playing, but it ain’t a Grand Slam. And it was done fifteen years ago! Time to turn the page on your calendar!

  3. Kris says:

    Jordan Spieth was unstoppable today. Two ugly tee shots but three under on the last two holes to have a 2 shot lead. The last person to win the week before winning the British Open was Phil Mickelson in 2013. Jordan seems capable of doing the same.

  4. Ken says:

    If Spieth manages to win a Grand Slam, I can’t wait to hear TGC trying to explain how Woods did it. Their line will be something about Woods’ so-called “Tiger Slam” was better because the titles were over a longer time. Therefore longer sustained excellence.

    Woods himself will claim to have already won a Grand Slam.

  5. GreatShots says:

    When I see shot heard round the world, I immediately think of Tiger at #16 at TPC Scottsdale.

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